A new president will be anointed for Zimbabwe today marking the final landmark break with the reign of Robert Mugabe, one of the most high-profile and controversial figures in international politics and, until his demise, Africa’s longest serving leader.
And President Edgar Lungu has arrived in Harare, Zimbabwe to attend Inauguration of Zimbabwe’s 2nd Republican President Emerson Mnangagwa.
Lungu is accompanied by two tired people that include first Republican President Dr Kenneth Kaunda & 4th Zambian President Rupiah Bwezani Banda who terribly lost the 2011 elections to King Cobra.
Senior members of the ruling Zanu-PF party had wanted 93-year-old Mr Mugabe to attend the inauguration of Emmerson Mnangagwa, the man who deposed him, in an attempt to portray a natural transfer of power rather than change at the top initiated by a military coup.
However, Mr Mnangagwa and his allies, it is believed, objected to the proposal vehemently, arguing that it would imply confirming legitimacy to the rule of Mr Mugabe, his wife Grace and their cohorts who have been accused of abuse of power and corruption.
They also maintained that Mr Mugabe’s presence at the ceremony will be an insult to the hundreds of thousands of people who have taken to the streets to protest against him and regime.
One senior official said this morning “It was a plan which some people thought would help unify the party, but there were strong views against and it which we need to respect and it looks now that it may not happen.
“Anyway, Mr Mugabe needs to rest for a while, it has been a very emotional time for him.”
It has also been pointed out that Mr Mugabe’s attendance would be embarrassing for the new president who had revealed, after returning from exile in South Africaa, that he had been in close touch wit the armed forces as the putsch last week was being planned and executed.