By Pretty Chavango
Retired General Constatino Chiwenga and Defence, Security and War Veterans Minister Kembo Mohadi took the oath of office today at State House, following their subsequent appointments as Vice Presidents of Zimbabwe.
The swearing in is in line with Section 14, sub-paragraph 2 of the Sixth Schedule of the constitution, which states that the President of Zimbabwe upon assuming office, must without delay appoint not more than two Vice Presidents, who hold office at his pleasure.
Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the swearing-in ceremony, both Chiwenga and Mohadi expressed their readiness to hit the ground running in their new posts.
“I think it’s an assignment just like any other assignment. I have been in government when some of you people were still very young, and so it’s another assignment. The interesting part is that I have now been put in a place whereby I think I’ll be in a position to assist the head of state direct the country where he wants it to go.
“My immediate plan is to wait for the assignment first because the assignment hasn’t been given me (sic) when he gives me the assignment and says this is your area then I’ll have plans too,” said Mohadi.
Vice President Chiwenga reiterated Mohadi’s sentiments saying once they had been allotted their tasks they would work to ensure they assist the President in his first 100 days and beyond.
“What I can tell you definitely is that there will be teamwork, we are going to work as a team and help his Excellency the President working as a team and we will deliver,” he said.
Speaking on the same occasion, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the newly elected Vice Presidents will have to drive the ministers to ensure maximum performance.
“They have to show results and drive the ministers to ensure performance, the performance of the ministers will be reflected by the supervision they give so the assessment is upon the results of the Ministers they drive,” he said.
By Pretty Chavango