by: michael eli dokosi/www.blakkpepper.com/ghana
After 37 years of being in leadership, Robert Gabriel Mugabe is no longer in charge of the fortunes of Zimbabwe.
The man who has taken his stead is 75-year-old Emmerson Mnangagwa who also goes by the names; “The Crocodile,” “The Enforcer,” “The Bodyguard,” “The Spymaster,” and “The Survivor.”
As at November 24, 2017; the Crocodile was sworn in as president but curiously on November 6, 2017 Mnangagwa was dismissed as vice president by Mugabe in a move many saw as an act to enable safe passage for wife, Grace Mugabe to assume leadership of the party and state in Mugabe’s absence.
But who is Mnangagwa?
While Mugabe was charismatic, Mnangagwa is a man of few words.
Despite his quiet demeanor, Mnangagwa is reputed to be a ruthless and skillful political operator.
He is married to wife, Auxillia who spent over ten years at the Ministry of Manpower and Development, before joining the Prime Minister’s office in 1992. She was also elected as a Zanu-PF member of parliament in 2015. The have three children together: Emmerson, Sean and Collin.
He is a fellow veteran of Zimbabwe’s independence liberation war, a leading cabinet minister, Mugabe’s spymaster, minister of security and a vice president appointed by Mugabe in 2014.
Mnangagwa was Mugabe’s personal assistant and bodyguard in the guerrilla war against Rhodesian rule and was for more than 40 years as Robert Mugabe’s right-hand man.
It remains to be seen what path The Crocodile will chart for Zimbabwe post the Mugabe era.