Mnangagwa off to first foreign trip as President

By: 
Denis Gwenzi
Source: 
Own Correspondent

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to travel to South Africa this Thursday, Zimbabwe’s embassy in Pretoria has indicated.

The trip would be Mnangagwa’s first as president after taking over power following last month’s military intervention which toppled veteran leader Robert Mugabe.

Mnangagwa’s trip was revealed in a letter from Zimbabwe’s embassy in Pretoria seen by this publication.

In the letter, outgoing ambassador Isaac Moyo invites Zimbabweans doing business in South Africa and those keen to invest back home for a meeting with Mnangagwa on Thursday, December 21.

Moyo was recently recalled back home after Mnangagwa appointed him new head of the spy Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO).

Mnangagwa also spent about two weeks exiled in South Africa after being fired from government and the ruling Zanu PF party by the now resigned Mugabe.

After escaping through the border with Mozambique, Mnangagwa told Mugabe that he would be back in two weeks to take over power and that it would be the 93-year-old leader and his wife Grace who would leave Zanu PF.

And sure enough, within two weeks, the military took to the streets, in an intervention that led to the resignation of Mugabe and Mnangagwa’s assumption of power.

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