- Published: 15 December 2014
- Written by Staff Reporter
As My Zimbabwe News accurately predicted last week that next week (this week), President Mugabe will go on leave and anoint his long-time lieutenant Emmerson Mnangagwa as the acting head of the government, so has been the outcome.
President Robert Mugabe left the country for the Far East for his annual holiday yesterday, leaving newly appointed Vice President Mnangagwa in charge of the government. And like we also predicted, President Mugabe will use this opportunity to see how Mnangagwa will handle State affairs for the whole month in a bid to prove if the man can be trusted by the veteran ruler to succeed him.
There have also been reports that when President Mugabe went to China a couple of months ago, they talked about his succession issue where the Chinese government allegedly made it known to him that they would release funds to Zimbabwe only if Mnangagwa is going to be the next president.
Mugabe has regularly holidayed in Asia since he was banned from Western capitals over allegations of gross human rights abuses and electoral fraud.
The 90-year-old leader also regularly travels to Singapore for what officials describe as routine health checks, rejecting media speculation that he has, for long, been battling cancer.
Now seen as Mugabe's likely successor, Mnangagwa was sworn into office as first vice president last Friday along with Phelekezela Mphoko as second VP.
The appointments followed the dismissal of former vice president Joice Mujuru for allegedly conspiring with a number of cabinet ministers to 'illegally' remove Mugabe from power.
According to state media, Mugabe left the country on Sunday and is expected to be away until mid-January.