© PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday commenced his three-week annual leave, leaving the reins of power to his deputies Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi.
In a statement, presidential spokesperson and acting Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet George Charamba said Mnangagwa would be vacationing within the country until end of the month.
“During this period (the annual leave), vice presidents Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi, will take turns to act in his place, starting with vice president Chiwenga. The president will spend his vacation in the country,” Charamba said.
He said Chiwenga had arrived back in the country on Saturday from a medical review in China and was ready to stand in for Mnangagwa, thwarting speculation he had become ill again.
Chiwenga returned home in November after his four-month-long stay in China where he was receiving treatment.
Meanwhile, Mnangagwa has had a hectic 2019 due to the country’s worsening economic rot characterised by fuel and electricity shortages, hyperinflation, crisis in the public health sector and price hikes of basic goods and services.