Live updates: Zimbabwe gets new president after Mugabe is forced out

Live updates: Zimbabwe gets new president after Mugabe is forced out

Finally, there is serious excitement in Zimbabwe as Emmerson Mnangagwa, the sacked vice president under ousted Robert Mugabe, becomes the country’s new leader. His swearing-in ceremony has just commenced.

The sack of Mnangagwa had resulted in a wide-spread anger in the country which caused a military take-over and the subsequent removal of Robert Mugabe after 37 years in power. Throughout the period the military held the country down, Mnangagwa went into hiding.

NAIJ.com brings you the latest from the inauguration of the new president:

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12.33pm: He acknowledges cheers from the people, takes handshakes from the service chiefs and goes to sit beside his wife briefly before heading to the stage for another parade session.

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12.32pm: He says his government would save everyone who calls Zimbabwe their homes as long as he governs. He says next year's election would be free and fair as he believes that the voice of the people is the voice of God. He reminds the people of the task ahead again and ends with: "I thank you."

Live updates: Zimbabwe gets new president after Mugabe is forced out

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12.27pm: The new president pleads with other nations which had sanctioned Zimbabwe to reconsider their actions. He says his government would ensure that it reaches out to such countries that have issues with Zimbabwe to renew relationships. He declares that all foreign investments would be safe in his country as the government would abide by all legal agreements.

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"I stand here today to say we are willing and able for a steady re-engagement with the nations of the world," he says.

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12.22pm: He says his government would tame issues that have to do with foreign currencies. He also says there would now be security in all its forms and with human face. He says the country's security forces would be strengthened to be able to withstand threats.

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12.18pm: "Acts of corruption must stop. Swift justice must be served," he declares. He says grief awaits those who decide to go out of the ethics and laws of the country. To the civil servants, he says gone are the days of absenteeism and running from work. Each worker must earn his pay, he says. He promises that his government will ensure financial stability and viability.

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12.15pm: He says the social and physical infrastructure must be a major focus while his government would also focus on economic development that would ensure a just society, allow and protect enterprise. "We welcome partnership from international investors," he added saying through some of these ways would poverty be eradicated. In the immediate, he said the liquidity challenges that had befallen the country must be challenged head-on.

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12.12pm: He preaches unity and equality of everyone. "We must appreciate the fact that over the years, our domestic politics had become poisoned," he said adding that all that his government would do is for the benefit of the people knowing that the country is only held in trust of the people and the future generations. "Our police will be predicated on agriculture that puts a premium on job, job and job creation." He said his government would attract foreign direct investments

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12.08pm: He says his government is committed to compensate farmers whose lands were taken in consonance with the laws of the country. He also promises that the country's election will hold in 2018.

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12.05pm : He says the people must work together because the country is great and has opportunities for everyone who considers Zimbabwe a home. He is optimistic that overtime, the people would come to realise the contributions of his predecessor. He says the country had been affected by the way it played its politics both locally and internationally. He urges the world to understand.

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12.02am: He says the story of the day is that of succession. He also recognises that the challenges ahead cannot be accomplished through speeches. "I must hit the ground running," he promises. "Once we cannot change the past, there is a lot we can do in the present and future to give our country a sense of direction." He appeals to the people to allow the past to rest as the task ahead is that of rebuilding the country.

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12.00pm: He says he is required to save the people of the country regardless of colour and other description of the people. He sends greetings to Robert Mugabe saying he led the struggle for the country's independence and that this must be remembered. He urges the people to always accept Mugabe's contribution to the development of the people. He calls him a father and leader.

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11.56am: President Mnangagwa begins his inaugural speech recgonising his wife first before other dignitaries. He says he feels deeply humbled by the decision of his party to call him to save the country as its president. He admits that he holds no particular qualification that holds me apart from others. He commends all the people of the state who helped made today a success.

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11.45am: The new president finishes with the military parade. He is now set to make his first inaugural speech.

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11.10am: New president performs the ceremonial inspection of the Guard of Honour amid jubilation and music from the military band. It is surprising to many since he did the inspection by foot unlike other presidents who mount a special vehicle for such exercise.

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11.06am: Jubilation as military parade begins with gun salutes. Each gunshot was greeted with cheers from the crowd that filled the 60,000 capacity stadium. Parade commander invites the president for inspection of the Guard of Honour.

Live updates: Zimbabwe gets new president after Mugabe is forced out

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10.58am: Gen Constantine Chiwenga, who started the takeover of power from Mugabe, just pledged his allegiance to Emmerson Mnangagwa on behalf of his colleagues.

Live updates: Zimbabwe gets new president after Mugabe is forced out

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1050am: All service chiefs in the country pay allegiance to the new president.

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10.47am: Mnangagwa is decorated by the chief judge as the as the new commander-in-chief and president of Zimbabwe with the people chanting 'a new dawn'. Presidents of Zambia, Botswana, Ian Khama, and other African countries are present to witness the event.

Live updates: Zimbabwe gets new president after Mugabe is forced out

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10.42am: Amid cheers from the crowd, Mnangagwa takes oath of office promising to protect and promote the rights of the people of the country. He further promised to discharge his duties to the dictates of his conscience and the well-being of the people.

"I Emmmerson Dambudzo Mnangagawa swear that as president of the Republic of Zimbabwe - I will be faithful to Zimbabwe and obey uphold and defend the constitution and all other laws of Zimbabwe and I will promote whatever that will advance and will oppose whatever will harm Zimbabwe that I will protect and promote the rights and people of Zimbabwe that I will discharge my duties will all my strength to the best of my strength and ability and to the dictates of my conscience and I will devote myself to the well being of Zimbabwe and its people so help me God."So help me God," he adds. He proceeds to sign the oath.

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10.39am: The chief justice reechoed section 96, subsection 1 of the country's constitution which Mugabe relied upon to resign from office. He reminds the people that the Zanu-PF nominated Mnangagwa as its candidate.

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10.37am: The chief justice of Zimbabwe is called upon to administer the oath of office on the incoming president. Mnangagwa is called to come to the stand for the oath

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10:35: Prayer ends as as the minister reminds the incoming president that 'the crocodile' must have eminence in its teeth. Mnangagwa is nicknamed 'the crocodile'.

Live updates: Zimbabwe gets new president after Mugabe is forced out

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10.31am: The minister of religion tells Mnangagwa: "You should have been there to see how the people filled the streets to celebrate your return. It was not just Zanu-PF, but the people, the churches and all." He commended the military for not shedding blood and for being in one accord with the people. He says this is a confirmation that God is at work in Zimbabwe. He thanks the military for safeguarding the constitution for the 37 years Mugabe ruled.

Live updates: Zimbabwe gets new president after Mugabe is forced out

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10:27am: Opening prayer said by the minister of religion. He thanks the people of Zimbabwe for being patient and urging the incoming president to know that the people have waited for this day and are seriously expectant. He urged the new president to follow the steps of Jesus Christ and Solomon so that he would have the wisdom to lead the people.

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10.25am: As expected, Mugabe is not at the inauguration ground. He was forced out and local media claim he has been given immunity from prosecution.

Live updates: Zimbabwe gets new president after Mugabe is forced out

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10.00am: The BBC reports that the opposition is urging Mnangagwa, who has been part of the ruling elite, to end the "culture of corruption". Mnangagwa will take his oath of office at about 11:30 local time (09:30 GMT), before a flypast and a gun salute. The new president will speak at about noon local time.

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9.58am: The Zimbabwe National Sports Stadium was already filled to capacity as the crowd waited for the presidential inauguration of Emmerson Mnangagwa to begin.

Live updates: Zimbabwe gets new president after Mugabe is forced out

NAIJ.com earlier reported that before he was finally removed from office, Robert Mugabe suffered a major setback, as ministers shunned a cabinet meeting which he called.

The president had called for the meeting on Tuesday morning, November 21, and the development was made public by his chief secretary.

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