Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed sweeping change as he was sworn as Zimbabwe’s president on Friday, seeking to reassure foreign investors and pledging to fight poverty and corruption after Robert Mugabe’s shocking resignation. In his inaugural address, the new President set out a programme of dramatic change that promised a stark reversal of many of Mugabe’s signature policies.
He pledged that his government would compensate white farmers whose land was seized by Mugabe, would protect international investments in the country and re-engage with foreign powers. Elections scheduled for 2018 would continue as planned, he said. “I humbly appeal to all of us that we let bygones be bygones,” he said at the ceremony in the 60,000-seat national stadium, which was packed to capacity. “We must work together — you, me, all of us who make this nation,” he said.