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Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa: Key Dates

Emmerson Mnangagwa, who will be inaugurated on Friday as Zimbabwe’s next president, is a political veteran and party hardliner who for decades worked closely with … Continue reading Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa: Key Dates


(FILES) This file photo taken on January 7, 2017 shows Zimbabwe acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaking during the funeral ceremony of Peter Chanetsa at the National Heroes Acre in Harare. Zimbabwe’s Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa was fired, according to the Information Minister on November 6, 2017. Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP
Zimbabwe acting President Emmerson Mnangagwe. Photo: Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP

Emmerson Mnangagwa, who will be inaugurated on Friday as Zimbabwe’s next president, is a political veteran and party hardliner who for decades worked closely with Robert Mugabe.

Here are key dates in his career:

– September 15, 1942: Born in the British colony of Southern Rhodesia but moves as a teenager with his family to Zambia, known at the time as Northern Rhodesia

– 1960s: Joins the struggle for independence after military training in China and Egypt but is arrested and spends 10 years in prison

– 1980: After Zimbabwe wins independence, appointed security minister in Robert Mugabe’s first post-independence government. In this position, he oversees a crackdown on suspected opposition dissidents that leaves thousands dead

– 1983: Directs a brutal crackdown on opposition supporters in the provinces of Matabeleland and Midlands, which leaves thousands dead

– 2000: As justice minister, a post he has held since 1989, he announces moves to seize white-owned farms

– December 2004: Sidelined for the post of vice president when Mugabe appoints a rival

– 2008: After Mugabe loses the first round of presidential elections, Mnangagwa allegedly supervises the wave of violence and intimidation that forces the opposition to withdraw from the run-off vote

– December 10, 2014: Is named vice president and deputy head of the ZANU-PF, putting him in pole position to one day succeed Mugabe

– November 6, 2017: Mugabe sacks Mnangagwa on grounds of disloyalty in a dispute over succession, triggering the country’s worst political crisis since independence. Two days later he flees the country

– November 22, 2017: Returns triumphantly after Mugabe’s shock resignation to eventually take over as president, tells crowds they are witnessing “unfolding full democracy”