Farirai Machivenyika in MAPUTO, Mozambique
President Mnangagwa arrived here yesterday ahead of the inauguration of Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi following his re-election in October last year.
He was met at Maputo International Airport by Mozambican Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Francisco Cigarro, Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Mozambique, Douglas Nyikayaramba, and other embassy staff.
The President was accompanied by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Sibusiso Moyo.
The inauguration ceremony is slated for the Independence Square in central Maputo today.
A statue of Mozambique’s late founding President Samora Machel overlooks the square, and yesterday, workmen were putting final touches in preparation for today’s ceremony.
President Mnangagwa will join 11 other Heads of State and Government and over 3 000 delegates expected to attend the event.
Speaking to journalists on arrival, President Mnangagwa said President Nyusi had freely won the elections.
“This is the inauguration of a brother, President Filipe Nyusi who successfully won the last election here peacefully and fairly, so I am happy to come to Maputo to witness the inauguration of my brother.
“When I was inaugurated in spite of the fact that he was in the middle of an election, he was able to abandon the election process to come for the inauguration so I have also come to witness the inauguration of my brother,” said President Mnangagwa.
Several streets in Maputo were adorned with the country’s flags and congratulatory messages for President Nyusi, who is the fourth Mozambican President following independence from Portugal in 1975.
He is in his second and last term following his first electoral victory in 2014.
President Nyusi’s party, the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (Frelimo), will maintain dominance in Parliament with a majority of 184 MPs out of 250, representing 73,6 percent of the seats.
The Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), which is the main opposition party, has 60 seats (24 percent), while the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) got six seats (2,4 percent of the vote).
In the presidential election, Mr Ossufo Momade of Renamo came second with 21,88 percent while in third place was MDM leader Daviz Simango with 4,38 percent.