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HARARE – Zim­babwe's newlysworn-in pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa promised to com­pen­sate white farm­ers who lost their land dur­ing his pre­de­ces­sor's notorious land re­form pro­gramme.

Yes­ter­day, Mnan­gagwa be­came only the third Pres­i­dent of Zim­babwe since its in­de­pen­dence, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of Canaan Ba­nana and Robert Mu­gabe.

Mnan­gagwa said the while land re­form was in­evitable and can­not be re­versed, those farm­ers who were re­moved from their land will re­ceive com­pen­sa­tion.

The new pres­i­dent promised elec­tions will be held next year.


Mnan­gagwa out­lined a broad vi­sion for restor­ing eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity. He promised to pri­ori­tise job cre­ation in a coun­try that has a 90 per cent un­em­ploy­ment rate and vowed for­eign in­vest­ments are safe in Zim­babwe.

"Acts of cor­rup­tion must stop forth­with. Where these oc­cur, swift jus­tice must be served," he told a crowd of tens of thou­sands at his in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony, promis­ing to "cre­ate jobs for our youth and re­duce poverty for all".

The past two weeks saw his­tory be­ing made in Zim­babwe.

Mu­gabe (93) stepped down un­der pres­sure from the mil­i­tary and af­ter be­ing ex­pelled from his own party, ZANU-PF.

A former Zim­bab­wean min­is­ter said the coun­try had rea­son to cel­e­brate but should re­main cau­tious.

Tendai Biti, who served as fi­nance min­is­ter un­der Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe, said "It's been a roller coaster. One minute you're cry­ing, you're ap­pre­hen­sive, you fear but it has hap­pened. It is eu­phoric.

"Many of us are call­ing it the in­de­pen­dence day - Novem­ber 18, is in­de­pen­dence day."

VIC­TORY: Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa, cen­tre, and his wife Aux­il­lia, ar­rive at the pres­i­den­tial in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony in the cap­i­tal Harare, Zim­babwe, yes­ter­day. Mnan­gagwa is be­ing sworn in as Zim­babwe’s.

HAPPY: Army Gen­eral Con­stantino Chi­wenga, chats with Gen­eral Va­le­rio Sibanda dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony in the cap­i­tal Harare, Zim­babwe Fri­day.

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