Zimbabwe's military chief, Constantino Chiwenga, who led the bloodless coup that eventually deposed the 93-year-old Robert Mugabe from power has retired.
A statement issued on Monday, December 18, by the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Mischeck Sibanda, confirmed Chiwenga's retirement and plans to redeploy him.
"Chiwenga to be redeployed after retirement. Lieutenant General Philip Valerio Sibanda has been promoted to a full general. He takes over from Chiwenga as the commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces," Sibanda said.
Many have not forgotten the instrumental role that Chiwenga played in the bloodless military coup that ended Mugabe's 37 year reign.
His appointment to the vice president's position is seen as a reward to the role he played to make sure that Mnangagwa, who was once Mugabe's vice president, becomes the president of Zimbabwe.