11 December 2017
   
Gukurahundi: give us a break, says ED’s aide
MPs rage over illegally deployed army
Envoys to Algeria set cops on fellow Zims
Mpofu says saved by wife from mad Grace
Victims identify rogue soldiers at army HQ
Editors seen as pawns of Zanu PF factions
Parties demand 8 more weeks for voter entry
Councillors vow to Grab land doled by Chombo
MORE NEWS
Econet leads as mobile subscribers over 13m
Miners need $400m for 2018 operations
MORE BUSINESS
Intwasa extra to celebrate a new Zim
Zodwa Wabantu fails to turn up - again
MORE SHOWBIZ
SA: Rusike brace lifts Maritzburg
Zimbabwe Cricket cash crisis worsens
MORE SPORTS
Zims duped! It’s about Zanu PF for ever
Mnangagwa presidency built on quicksand
MORE OPINION
 
The Mugabe prophecy that never was
Opposition: An inconvenient truth
MORE COLUMNISTS
 
 
Mugabe inauguration a national holiday
20/08/2013 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
 
Re-elected ... President Robert Mugabe
 
RELATED STORIES
Mugabe in no rush to leave office
Robert Mugabe's 7th inauguration speech
I promise you better conditions: Mugabe
Mugabe blasts West, commends rivals
Thunderous cheers as Mugabe sworn in
UK wants independent election probe
MDC-T unfazed by SADC’s Mugabe toast
Zuma not attending Mugabe inauguration
Tsvangirai to boycott inauguration
Inauguration simply a robbers' party!
Succession, health doubts cloud new term
Tsvangirai may face judiciary insult charge
Mugabe election 'free and fair': ConCourt
Mugabe inauguration on Thursday

THURSDAY has been declared a national holiday to allow Zimbabweans to take part in President Robert Mugabe’s inauguration with officials expecting up to 80,000 people to attend the main event at the national sports stadium in Harare.

Officials also said several international artists who include a Jamaican star would entertain the crowd in what could be a response to defeated MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s claim that the whole country was “in mourning” after what he dismissed as a fraudulent election.

Deputy chief secretary to the President and Cabinet, Ray Ndhlukula, told reporters Tuesday that the inauguration day had also been declared a national holiday.

Mugabe confirmed Sunday that he would be inaugurated on Thursday as he returned from a summit of the SADC grouping in Malawi where regional leaders endorsed his re-election in the July 31 vote.

“We have set Thursday as the day for inauguration,” he said.

“That’s when I will take the oath, which will be followed by a careful consideration of the names of people you voted, the people you saw fit to lead you in parliament. That’s where we will pick the ministers.”

The inauguration had been delayed by a court petition filed by Tsvangirai, who argued that the veteran leader’s landslide victory had been achieved through fraud and rigging.

But the MDC-T leader dropped his case in the Constitutional Court last Friday as party officials admitted the case was weak in the absence of information they wanted from election officials.

However, the court insisted on hearing the petition and ruled Tuesday that elections were free and fair, dismissing allegations of vote-rigging in a further blow to the outgoing prime minister.

"The Zimbabwe presidential election held on 31st July, 2013 was in accordance with the laws of Zimbabwe," Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku said. "The said election was free, fair and credible."

Meanwhile, commenting on preparations for the inauguration, acting Harare governor, Alfred Tome said: “We have got a great event and the whole world will stand still on that day.

“On that day the Head of State will be inaugurated and I am appealing to all people to come in your large numbers.

“We have been allocated 30 buses for Harare and we are appealing to private transporters to also help. We are expecting 85,000 people seated in that stadium.”



Advertisement

An unnamed Jamaican star has been invited to perform at the inauguration and will be supported by Koffi Olomide, Amayenge from Zambia, Black Mambazo from South Africa and a host of local artists.

“It is our day as Zimbabweans. There are no losers and winners in this thing, it is Zimbabwe that has won,” said Tome.


 
Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it

Del.icio.us

Reddit

Newsvine

Nowpublic

Stumbleupon

Face Book

Myspace

Fark

 
 
 
comments powered by Disqus
 
RSS NewsTicker