Ramaphosa to attend ED’s inauguration

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Charity Ruzvidzo

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed he will attend President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa’s inaugurationon Sunday.

In a statement, the South African Presidency office said President Ramaphosa will also discuss the electoral process that took place in the country.

“President Ramaphosa will also have a stopover in the Republic of Zimbabwe to have consultations with President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa on the recent elections that took place.

“On Sunday, 12 August 2018, President Ramaphosa will attend the inauguration in Harare of President-Elect Emmerson Mnangagwa of the Republic of Zimbabwe, following the July 30 2018 election,” reads the statement.

Ramaphosa, who is also the Southern African Development Community (SADC) chairperson, is set to visit Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) before attending Mnangagwa’s inauguration.

“President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 August, undertake working visits to the Republic of Zambia and the Democratic Republic Congo to hold consultative meetings with President Edgar Lungu and President Joseph Kabila respectively.

 “The visits form part of a long-standing tradition in the SADC region whereby newly-elected Heads of State pay courtesy calls on the leaders of neighbouring countries. During the visits, President Ramaphosa and his counterparts will discuss bilateral cooperation as well as political and security developments in the region and continent, as well as global issues of mutual concern,” reads the statement.

Mnangagwa was declared the winner in the presidential election by the Zimbabwe Electoral (ZEC) after garnering 50,8 percent of the votes and his closest rival Nelson Chamisa managed 44,3 percent.

Despite this, Chamisa is contestating the results , he is alleging Zec rigged in favour of Mnangagwa

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