Zimbabwe ex-army chief Chiwenga named ruling party VP

December 24, 2017 10:54 am
Retired geenral Guveya Chiwenga was appointed “with immediate effect” as one of Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s deputies © AFP/File / Jekesai NJIKIZANA

, Harare, Zimbabwe, Dec 23 – Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday named the former army chief who led a coup that ended Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule, as one of his two deputies in the ruling party, his office said.

Retired general Constantino Chiwenga was appointed “with immediate effect” as one of Mnangagwa’s deputies in the ZANU-PF party, the presidential press secretary said in a statement, along with long-serving state security minister Kembo Mohadi.

61-year-old Chiwenga, who stepped down from his military position this week, was instrumental in the temporary military takeover in November that ultimately led to Mugabe, 93, being forced out and Mnangagwa