HARARE–The Botswana government has confirmed that President Mokgweetsi Masisi will attend the inauguration of Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa set for this Sunday.
The inauguration of the new Zimbabwean leader, however, hangs in the balance after the main opposition party, the MDC Alliance, indicated it would challenge the result of presidential component of the July 30 harmonized polls.
The Zimbabwean Constitution gives aggrieved contestants a maximum of seven days within which to challenge the result of an election after it has been proclaimed.
President-elect Mnangagwa romped to victory with a 50.8 per cent vote against the 44.3 per cent garnered by his nearest challenger, Nelson Chamisa of the MDC Alliance, who dismissed the result as fraudulent,
and insists he won the poll.
The government has, however, said it was going ahead with preparations for the inauguration on Aug 12 given that six days after the proclamation of the July 30 general election results, no political party has yet to officially challenged the outcome in court.
Botswana said President Masisi would be accompanied by two former presidents, Ian Khama and Festus Mohae, for the ceremony.
The Office of the President wishes to inform that His Excellency Mokgweetsi Masisi, the President of the Republic of Botswana, will travel to Harare, Zimbabwe on Sunday, (12/8/18) to attend the Inauguration Ceremony of the President Elect of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency Emmerson Mngagwa, following that country’s historic elections held on 30th July 2018, said the Botswana government.
Relations between Zimbabwe and Botswana have thawed since President Mnangagwa took over from President Robert Mugabe last November.
President Masisi becomes the second Head of State in the region to confirm participation at the inauguration after South African President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier confirmed he would be present.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK