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Mugabe Sworn in for 5 Year Presidential Term

  • Thomas Chiripasi

President Mugabe being sworn in Thursday in Harare

President Mugabe being sworn in Thursday in Harare

President Robert Mugabe has been sworn-in at a ceremony at the National Sports Stadium following his landslide win in the July 31 national elections which the Movement for Democratic Change says were rigged in Zanu PF's favour, giving the veteran leader a fresh five-year mandate.

President Mugabe took oath of office to lead the country for the next five years before Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku.

Outgoing prime minister and MDC founding president Morgan Tsvangirai, who did not attend the inauguration, says the elections were fundamentally flawed.

Mr. Mugabe said the polls were free and fair but fell short of saying the elections were credible.

The president also took a swipe at western nations such as America, Canada and Australia for criticising the July 31 polls.

He said his vision is to improve the country's economy through the resuscitation of industries and the agricultural sector.

He said his government will push for the full implementation of his party’s controversial indigenization program which he described as a new revolution.

Part of the crowd that attended President Robert Mugabe's inaugaration ceremony Thursday at the National Sports Stadium, Harare

Part of the crowd that attended President Robert Mugabe's inaugaration ceremony Thursday at the National Sports Stadium, Harare

Mr. Mugabe thanked South Africa, especially former president Thabo Mbeki and President Jacob Zuma, for facilitating dialogue in Zimbabwe's political impasse.

He said this should be a sign to all in the West that Africans can solve their own problems.

Some of the dignitaries who graced the occasion include President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete, Mozambican leader Armando Guebuza and Namibian leader Hifikipunye Pohamba. Some former presidents like Ali Hassan Mwinyi, Benjamin Mkapa, Sam Nujoma, and Festus Mogae were also present.

South Africa was represented by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and the country’s foreign minister after President Zuma preferred to officiate at a regional event in his country.
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