Mnangagwa to step aside as coup rumours abound in Zimbabwe

Mnangagwa to step aside as coup rumours abound in Zimbabwe

- President Emmerson Mnangagwa is set to be replaced by vice president Constantino Chiwenga

- He had been given a deadline to step down due to concerns over food security in the sub-Saharan country

- It is not clear who will take power after the transition

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa is reported to have been removed from power and will be replaced with vice president Constantino Chiwenga, who will lead Zimbabwe as a transitional president.

Who the next official president will be is still unclear and rumours are rife within Zimbabwe that a bloodless coup may have been staged.

Briefly.co.za the military has confirmed his departure. Mnangagwa had been criticised for not getting rid of the centrists from the Mugabe era and not fulfilling his election promises.

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Chiwenga has allegedly already lined up his incoming cabinet which includes Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) Commander, General Philip Valerio Sibanda; Lands and Agriculture minister, Rtd Air chief marshal Perence Shiri; Foreign affairs minister, Sibusiso Busi Moyo; Zimbabwe's Ambassador to Mozambique, Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Douglas Nyikayaramba; Zimbabwe's Ambassador to Tanzania, Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Anselem Nhamo Sanyatwe and others according to thesouthafrican.com.

The vice president was key to the removal of Mugabe and the transition of power to Mnangagwa.

Whoever takes power in Zimbabwe will face huge obstacles as costs of fuel and food have soared as well as a huge increase in inflation. The situation is so dire that millions of Zimbabweans face starvation.

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Briefly.co.za had reported on Mnangagwa being given a deadline to leave power as the country faces severe food shortages.

The food shortage in Zimbabwe has grown more severe, with an estimated 38% of the country's rural population in need of assistance.

The 2019 Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee has found that 5.5 million Zimbabweans face food insecurity.

The current food crisis in Zimbabwe is the product of a combination of factors. The country has struggled economically for some time, and austerity measures to address this have added to the financial strain of many citizens, The South African has reported. In addition, the 2018/19 drought ravaged the country, as did other environmental disasters such as cyclones .

These factors have hurt the poorest Zimbabweans the most. The 2019 Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee says that $331.5 million in humanitarian aid will be needed before April 2020 to address the crisis.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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