“I thought for his maiden SONA it was a very good effort. I think he hit on all the right buttons and I think his commitment at the end to a free and fair election was very, very important. I’m basically very pleased he’s made a good start.”
A visit to Beijing by the army general who led the operation against the Mugabe government, Constantino Chiwenga, bolstered rumors of Chinese involvement. Chiwenga was in China just days before the army took control of the government.
Chiwenga is widely expected to be appointed vice president by Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who toppled former President Robert Mugabe in a bloodless military intervention to allegedly get rid of “criminals” surrounding Mugabe.