via Most Heads of State stay away from Mugabe inauguration | The Zimbabwean by Farai Mabeza
Only five out an expected 40 heads of state attended President Robert Mugabe’s inauguration today.
Joseph Kabila was among the five that attended the inauguration
Acting Governor of Harare metropolitan province Alfred Tome had earlier in the week announced that he expected at least 40 heads of state to attend the inauguration.
Mugabe was sworn in for his seventh term of office at the National Sports Stadium in Harare today following a disputed election victory.
Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete, Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasago, Rajkeswur Purryag (Mauritania), Armando Guebuza (Mozambique) the Democratic Republic of Congo leader, Joseph Kabila are the ones that attended.
Other nations such as South Africa were represented by senior officials. The inauguration day was declared a national holiday. MDC-T called the low attendance a “stay away” by African leaders.
The party’s spokesman, Douglas Mwonzora, told The Zimbabwean in an interview that the inauguration resembled a “gathering of former heads of states”.
“The heads of state were in short supply. We had been told over 40 would attend but the irony was that it seemed to have been a gathering of former heads of state because Mugabe belongs to that group,” Mwonzora said.
Former South African President Thabo Mbeki and former Namibian President Sam Nujoma were in attendance.