Recently appointed first Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is dubbed ‘Ngwena – his totem, is effectively acting President since yesterday as President Robert Mugabe left the country for the Far East for his annual holiday, leaving the crocodile to test the waters.
The 90-year-old leader of the Southern African country trips often to Malaysia and Singapore for routine health checks and undisclosed treatments according to his security and publicity detail rejecting media speculation that he has, for long, been battling cancer.
Mugabe, as he might appear to favour the far east, remain banned from travelling to the Europe and the the West on sanctions as he is viewed to have grossly violated the human rights of his citizens and fraudulently tampered with election process on numerous elections.
Mnangagwa, alongside the little known former Ambassador to Russia Phelekela Mphoko were appointed and sworn in last week after the dramatic dismissal of Joice Mujuru and eight other cabinet ministers in what is widely seen as a purge by the aging leader of threats to his authority. The dismissed were alleged, among a litany of charges, to be plotting to assassinate Mugabe and topple his leadership, allegations which yielded no shred of evidence.
According to state media, Mugabe left the country on Sunday and is expected to be away until mid-January.