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Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as the President of Zimbabwe.

He was sworn in before a cheering crowd at Harare’s national stadium on Friday.

The 75-year-old Mnangagwa, also known as the Crocodile to his supporters, vowed to uphold the constitution of the Southern African country and protect the rights of all Zimbabwe’s 16 million citizens.

Daily Sun takes a look at Emmerson Mnangagwa,one of the key players in the events that unfolded in Zimbabwe.

Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa was born on 15 September 1946. 

His political career started at a very young age, when at the age of 15 he was arrested for participating in a protest against colonial rule.

It was then that he joined the Zambian student movement, United National Independence Party (Unip).

In 1962-1963 he was part of Zimbzbwe’s African People’s Union (Zapu) and the Zimbabwean African National Union (Zanu).

He received military training in China, and when he came back, he earned the nickname “Crocodile” or “ngwena” after leading a group of fighters called “The Crocodile Gang”. 

Together they bombed several trains and killed a white farmer.

In 1965 he was arrested and sentenced to death; the sentence was overturned because he was too young to face the gallows, being under the age of 21.

He spent ten years in prison, where he met Robert Mugabe.

He experienced horrific torture methods like water-boarding and beatings. 

As a result, his hearing was allegedly permanently affected in the left ear.

Mnangagwa was released in prison in the 70s, after which he was deported to Zambia.

His friendship with Mugabe remained strong over the years, to the extent that he became the head of the civil and military divisions of Zanu PF.

Mnangagwa was appointed the first minister of national security after Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980.

He then served as Minister of Justice, Legal and Paramilitary Affairs from 1988 to 2000, also becoming the leader of the House.

He became speaker of the house after he was defeated by MDC in a parliamentary election, and was appointed by Mugabe in the unoccupied street.

He was also allegedly involved in the exploitation of natural resources in Congo, and was also instrumental in making Zimbabwe a serious illegal diamond-trading hub.

In 2007, an alleged coup attempt strained Mugabe and Mnangagwa’s long-term friendship, after Mnangagwa was reportedly approached by the military to form a government.

When Mugabe was elected president again in 2013, Mnangagwa was elected the vice president.

Mnangagwa was sacked as vice president on 6 November after Mugabe accused him of trying to steal his power from him.

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