Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is now the Acting President, taking over from Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, who has been acting since President Mugabe went on his annual leave last month. President Mugabe has been on leave since December 24, 2015.
“Please kindly note that as of today, Monday, 11th January 2016, Honourable Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is the Acting President of Zimbabwe in the absence of His Excellency the President, Cde R.G Mugabe, who is on his traditional annual vacation,” read a statement signed by principal director in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Mr Regis Chikowore.
This flies in the face of concoctions by the private media which have tried to set up the two Vice Presidents, alleging they belonged to two factions in Zanu-PF that were angling to replace President Mugabe.
Just yesterday, the Daily News claimed that President Mugabe had “snubbed and humiliated” VP Mnangagwa by appointing VP Mphoko for the second consecutive time.