Common Constantino Chiwenga, 61, took the oath of workplace in Harare, pledging to be “trustworthy” to Zimbabwe and to “obey, uphold and defend the structure”.
“I’ll discharge my duties with all my energy and to the most effective of my information and skill,” mentioned Chiwenga, wearing a black swimsuit at a ceremony held on the lawns of the presidential residence.
The brand new president Emmerson Mnangagwa, dozens of presidency officers, army and police chiefs in addition to conventional leaders, attended the occasion.
Chiwenga retired from the army final week, barely over a month after the military briefly took management of the nation on November 15, culminating in Mugabe’s resignation six days later.
Mnangagwa, who had a number of weeks earlier been humiliated and sacked from his job as vice chairman by Mugabe, then took over as the pinnacle of state.
Mugabe, 93, was ousted from energy after the army stepped in following inside feuding and factionalism that escalated within the ruling ZANU-PF get together over who would succeed him. Mugabe’s spouse Grace had expressed an curiosity in succeeding her husband.
Chiwenga’s ascent to the nation’s second strongest job has additional consolidated the army’s energy within the political area of the southern African nation.
A number of different senior military officers have in current weeks been appointed to ministerial or influential get together positions.
President Mnangagwa didn’t give a speech on the inauguration of his deputies, however informed journalists that their duty is “to drive the ministers.”
“The efficiency of the ministers might be mirrored by the supervision they provide.”
Reward for ousting Mugabe
Chiwenga turned the face the of the speedy transition in Zimbabwe.
It began on November 13, two days earlier than the the coup, when he went on state tv to make a uncommon assertion by the nation’s army.
Surrounded by defence chiefs, Chiwenga referred to as on the ruling get together officers to “cease reckless utterances… denigrating the army”.
The subsequent day tanks rolled out of the barracks onto the streets of the capital.
Simply earlier than daybreak on the next day, the army went on state tv saying they weren’t launching a coup however have been “focusing on criminals round” Mugabe.
Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi, a veteran politician and long-serving state safety minister, have been then named the ruling get together’s vice presidents.
Mohadi was additionally sworn in because the state second vice chairman on Thursday.
The appointment of Chiwenga and a number of other different senior military officers in authorities and the ruling get together is seen as a reward for the military’s instrumental function in ending Mugabe’s rule.
Two different high army officers have been additionally awarded ministerial posts earlier this month.
Ex-air drive chief Perrance Shiri turned the brand new lands and agriculture minister and the final who introduced the army takeover, Sibusiso Moyo, is the brand new overseas affairs minister.
One other senior army officer Lieutenant Common Engelbert Rugeje was early this month appointed ZANU-PF nationwide political commissar, a strong place equal to organising secretary.