President Mnangagwa leaves for Kenya

By Josephine Mugiyo, Diplomatic Correspondent

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has left Harare for Kenya to attend the inauguration of President-elect Mr William Ruto.

This Tuesday, Kenya’s President-elect William Ruto will assume office taking over from Uhuru Kenyatta who has been the country’s President since April 2013.

Ruto, who is the country’s former Deputy President, was declared the winner of the ballot on the 15th of August after securing 50. 4 percent of the vote, with his closest challenger Raila Odinga getting 48.8%.

Odinga went on to challenge Ruto’s victory in the Supreme Court claiming that the chair of the electoral commission Wafula Chebukati had hijacked the process leading up to the announcement of the election results hence they were not accurate.

The Supreme Court, however, upheld Ruto’s win.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who left for Kenya this Monday afternoon, will join other heads of state for the inauguration this Tuesday.

Zimbabwe and Kenya share cordial relations and in March this year, President Mnangagwa was in Kenya for a three-day state visit where several Memoranda of understanding were signed.

The MOUs are expected to boost investment and development for the two countries.

President Mnangagwa was seen off at the Robert Mugabe International Airport by Vice President, General Retired Dr Constantino Chiwenga, cabinet ministers, service chiefs and several government officials.