Mugabe eyes ‘grand’ inauguration after contested vote
A vendor sells flags on a street in Harare on August 21, 2013, the eve of President Mugabe's inauguration ceremony. Zimbabwe's veteran leader Robert Mugabe will host a massive stadium-filling presidential inauguration to usher in a new five year term Thursday, despite expected limited attendance by foreign leaders and a boycott by his election rival. Zimbabwe’s veteran leader Robert Mugabe will be sworn in for a new five-year term Thursday in a massive stadium inauguration that will be boycotted by his election rival.
Mourners at the August 14 funeral of Morgan Tsvangirai supporter Rebecca Mafikeni, who died in custody. Zimbabwean opposition leader Tsvangirai will not attend President Robert Mugabe’s inauguration Thursday, aides said, insisting the vote which handed the 89-year-old another five-year term was rigged.
The inauguration had been delayed after Tsvangirai challenged the poll results in a petition to the constitutional court. Unlike previous investitures which were low-key, the ceremony promises to be high-profile in what is seen as a show of power designed to confer legitimacy amid persistent questions around the vote which extended Mugabe’s 33-year grip on power.
Zimbabwe’s newly re-elected President Robert Mugabe speaks at a SADC summit Veteran leader Mugabe will host a massive stadium-filling presidential inauguration to usher in a new five year term Thursday, despite expected limited attendance by foreign leaders and a boycott by his election rival. The organisers said the event would be similar to Mugabe’s inauguration as prime minister in 1980. But of the foreign leaders invited, only Namibia’s Hifikepunye Pohamba is so far known to have confirmed. South Africa, which brokered a peace deal after the violence tinged 2008 vote, is sending Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CitizenSimilar Stories