HARARE – Retired army chief Constantino Chiwenga and veteran politician Kembo Mohadi have been sworn in as Zimbabwe’s vice presidents on Thursday, state-run Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation said.
The pair, appointed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, were elevated to similar positions in the ruling ZANU-PF party on Saturday.
Chiwenga retired from the military this month. His appointment was expected as a reward for leading a de facto coup in November that ended Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule and brought Mnangagwa to power.
It also adds to signs of a consolidation of power for the army since it turned against the 93-year-old Mugabe.
Mnangagwa has appointed several senior military officers to his Cabinet and the ruling party’s top decision-making body, the Politburo.
Mnangagwa is under pressure from opposition parties and the public to implement political reforms.
Not everyone in Zimbabwe is happy, with claims that Chiwenga’s appointment shows the militarisation of the government.
But aspiring Member of Parliament Fadzayi Mahere says that ZANU governments have been loaded with military personnel from independence.
She says that Mnangagwa and his team should be judged on their vision.
Reuters & Eyewitness News