Harare - Zimbabwe's incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa has arrived back in Zimbabwe and is currently on his way to the State House to receive a briefing from government officials, a Zanu-PF official said on Wednesday.
The incoming leader flew in from South Africa, where he had a meeting earlier on with President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria.
Mnangagwa, 75, is to be sworn in as Zimbabwe's new leader on Friday, following Robert Mugabe's stunning resignation amid impeachment proceedings against him.
Several hundred people had gathered outside the air force base in anticipation of Mnangagwa's arrival.
Among those were Emmanuel Nyirenda and Ephraim Moyo, for whom, this new dawn for their country does not only mean the days of suffering are over.
The emergence of Mnagangwa as the new interim president of Zimbabweans also means that their children will finally have the dignity they deserve.
Moyo's two children left their country for Namibia and England as they battled to find jobs at home.
However, while they have an income, their dignity is allegedly being eroded everyday.
They are allegedly treated badly in those countries, reminded everyday that they are makwerekwere and that they should go back home to Zimbabwe.
"They are insulted day in and day out. It's really embarrasing," Moyo said.
According to Nyirenda, his children so badly want to come home that they even phoned him and asked him to do all he could to topple former president Robert Mugabe.
"They said 'Daddy fight so that we can come back home'. It's not nice where they are. They are called makwerekwere," he said.
Nyirenda also believes that Mnangagwa will bring change to the country and that he's qualified for the job.
"Zimbabwe is going to change. The more investment there will be, the more our children and sisters can get jobs.
Moyo said they were expecting a lot from Mnangangwa, especially jobs.
Those who had gathered at the army base meanwhile, had to leave after being told that Mnagangwa wont be landing there anymore.
The excited crowd then got back into the many busses, trucks, bakkies amd minibus taxis that had ferried them there and made their way to Zanu-PF headquarters
This is where Mnangagwa was expected to address them.
Upon arrival there, they immediately took out their drums and vuvuzelas and held a very big party, whiling away time by dancing and singing.
Unconfirmed reports said Mnangagwa would address the masses only in the evening around 6pm.
Additional reporting by Reuters