Ex-army boss to be sworn in as Zimbabwe vice president on Thursday


HARARE, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Retired army chief Constantino
Chiwenga and veteran politician Kembo Mohadi will be sworn in as
Zimbabwe’s vice presidents on Thursday, state-run Zimbabwe
Broadcasting Corporation said on Wednesday.

The pair, appointed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, were
elevated to similar positions in the ruling ZANU-PF party on

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.