AFRICANGLOBE – All is set at the National Sports Stadium for the inauguration of the president, Cde Robert Mugabe on Thursday.
Various groups held last minute rehearsals this Wednesday afternoon at the venue to ensure the event is a success.
Uniformed forces and the committee in charge of organising the event held their final rehearsals while some were putting up final touches in preparation for the grand occasion.
Briefing journalists at the National Sports Stadium, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda said all is set for the event with all infrastructure and logistics in place.
Meanwhile, several dignitaries invited for the inauguration ceremony have started arriving in the country ahead of the occasion.
Among those who have arrived are African heads of state and government.
Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and his Equatorial Guinea counterpart, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasongo arrived this Wednesday evening.
Mr Kikwete, who is the Chairman of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security (Troika), said his presence is a demonstration of his country’s support to Zimbabweans and the president, adding that he was humbled to play a role of bringing Zimbabweans together.
A special envoy of the Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Mr Abudel Kaderi Ben Salah has also arrived.
Former heads of state and government from the SADC region including Ali Hassan Mwinyi and Benjamin William Mkapa of Tanzania are also in the country.
The two leaders said their coming to Zimbabwe is an endorsement of Zanu PF’s resounding victory in the just-ended harmonised elections.
“I am happy that Zimbabweans held a peaceful election and that is an achievement we indeed cherish,” said Mr Mkapa.
Sir Ketumile Masire and Festus Mogae of Botswana have also been invited to attend the event.
Former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano and Namibian founding father, Sam Nujoma are also expected to attend the inauguration.
Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda, whose country played a major role in providing a rear base for Zimbabwean freedom fighters, is also expected to grace the occasion.
Dr Sibanda said the coming in of heads of states and delegations from abroad and neighbouring countries is clear testimony of the solidarity in the region.
The government has since declared Thursday the 22nd of August 2013 a public holiday to pave way for Zimbabweans to attend the inauguration.
President Mugabe won the presidential race after polling over 61 percent of the vote in the July 31 harmonised elections, while his main rival, MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai polled 34 percent.