Former Army general who overthrew Mugabe sworn in as Vice President

General Constantino Chiwenga, Zimbabwe former army commander who led a military takeover that helped end Robert Mugabe’s rule has been sworn in as the country’s vice president.

Chiwenga, who stopped Mugabe’s 37-year rule was Thursday sworn in as one of the country’s two vice presidents.

He took the oath of office at the presidential office in Harare.

He pledged to obey, uphold and defend the laws of the Southern Africa country.

Meanwhile President Emmerson Mnangagwa is set to engage the services of Interpol to hunt down Robert Mugabe’s allies.

In what is considered as beginning of probe of Mugabe’s government, Mnangagwa has ordered arrest of former officials who fled the country when the military toppled the veteran ruler last month.

Former ministers Jonathan Moyo, Saviour Kasukuwere and Paddy Zhanda are believed to be the prime targets because of alleged corruption-related crimes, The Standard reports.

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) pursued Moyo during Mugabe’s era for the alleged theft of Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund money.

ZACC has already arrested four close Mugabe allies namely Joseph Made, Walter Chidakwa, Ignatius Chombo and Jason Machaya.

Former Zanu PF youth leaders Kudzanai Chipanga and Innocent Hamandishe were also arrested on criminal charges linked to the army takeover.

Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu told The Standard that the government would use Interpol to apprehend those outside the country.

“We are doing everything possible to ensure that those that have committed crimes within Zimbabwe and are outside Zimbabwe are brought to book. If it means engaging Interpol, we will go that route,” he said.

“The process is two-pronged, we are looking at the local investigations and outside investigations”.

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