Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose victory in the July 30 polls was challenged by the main opposition, pledged to “protect and promote the rights of Zimbabweans” in an inauguration ceremony attended by a crowd of thousands at a stadium in Harare.
Emmerson Mnangagwa was officially sworn in as president of Zimbabwe on Sunday after winning a bitterly contested election that marked the country’s first vote since Robert Mugabe was ousted from power.
“I Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa swear that as president of the Republic of Zimbabwe I will be faithful to Zimbabwe (and) will obey uphold and defend the constitution of Zimbabwe,” Mnangagwa said.
Once Mugabe’s right-hand man, Mnangagwa of the ruling ZANU-PF party won the election with 50.8 per cent of the vote — just enough to meet the 50 per cent threshold needed to avoid a run-off against the main opposition led by Nelson Chamisa, who scored 44.3 per cent.
International observers said the polls were largely free of the violence which characterised previous votes in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe’s top court on Friday dismissed Chamisa’s bid to have the results annulled because of allegation of vote rigging.
Also present at the inauguration was Bona Mugabe, daughter of Former President Robert Mugabe greets Vice President Kembo Mohadi at the National Sports Stadium where thousands gathered today to witness the inauguration of President ED Mnangagwa.
ED Mnangagwa has been sworn in as President of Zimbabwe. Taking his oath of office he swore to “be faithful to Zimbabwe, obey, uphold and defend the constitution and all other laws of Zimbabwe .. that I will protect and promote the rights of the people of Zimbabwe”
ED takes an oath of office before CJ Malaba.