Jan 20, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Zimbabwe’s president takes three-week break, leaves deputy in charge

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has taken a three-week hiatus and handed office to his deputy, his office said on Friday.

The 79-year-old ruler will remain in the country during his annual leave, which began on Thursday and will run until February 5.

“During this period, the Honorable Vice-President General (retired) (Constantino) Chiwenga is Acting President,” Mnangagwa’s spokesman George Charamba said in a brief statement.

On Twitter, Mr Charamba added: “He will spend the break in the countryside, mainly on his farm.”

President Mnangagwa took a break amid Minister Owen Ncube a few days after the dismissal of his homeland security of allegations of intensifying infighting in his ruling Zanu PF party.

Mr Ncube, a close ally of the President, has been accused of inciting intra-party violence in Zanu PF during internal presidential elections have Mnangagwa’s Midlands province.

A fortnight ago, Zanu PF held its first internal elections since ousting longtime leader Robert Mugabe in a 2017 coup.

The polls were shattered by allegations tarnished by massive manipulation by various factions and violence.

The 2017 coup catapulted President Mnangagwa to his knees -time confidante of Mr Mugabe, to power.

Gen Chiwenga was at the time of the coup Commander of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces.

There are reports that the two are embroiled in a vicious power struggle after President Mnangagwa allegedly breached an agreement to serve for only one term and hand over the reins to his deputy .

Unlike Mr. Mugabe, who spent his month-long vacation mainly in Malaysia and Singapore, President Mnangagwa does not normally travel outside the country.