Pohamba to attend Mugabe's inauguration

22 Aug 2013 02:40
ONDANGWA, 22 AUG (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba has left this morning from the Ondangwa Airport for Harare, Zimbabwe to attend the inauguration of 89 year-old President Robert Gabriel Mugabe.
At least 40 Heads of State and Governments are expected to grace the event at the Harare Sports Stadium today.
Pohamba is being accompanied by Founding President and Father of the Namibian Nation Dr Sam Shafiishuna Nujoma; Minister of Foreign Affairs Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, and other senior Government officials.
The delegation is expected back home this afternoon.
Meanwhile, Zimbabweans across the political divide have expressed mixed feelings over the inauguration (for the eighth time) of Mugabe.
While some are jubilant about Mugabe’s swearing-in, there are others who said they will “watch the event in tears”.
MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said the inauguration was a non-event due to the manner that the elections had been handled.
“Certainly, we do not respect the election process in which Mugabe is going to be sworn in as president,” said Mwonzora.
“We still maintain that the election was stolen from us and, therefore, to us it is a non-event,” he said.
Mwonzora’s views were echoed by the director of the Kwekwe-based Zimbabwe Organisation for Youth in Politics, Emmanuel Nkosilathi Moyo, who said Mugabe’s inauguration will be watched in tears by many Zimbabweans. Another five years of Mugabe’s rule, he said, would herald another five years of economic nightmare and suffering for the people of Zimbabwe.
“Considering the disputed elections, Mugabe’s inauguration will be watched in tears by most Zimbabweans, who cannot bear to face another five years under the rule of the octogenarian leader.
The way Morgan Tsvangirai’s petition was handled by the courts clearly showed Zimbabwe that Mugabe is in control of everything in this country. The people’s greatest fears are that a government, which is 100 per cent Zanu-PF, is likely to destroy the economy and take it back to national misery of 2008 where people went hungry, without medicines, without education and without hope,” charged Moyo.