Zimbabwean leader, Robert Mugabe is to be sworn in for the fifth term today.
The swearing in ceremony will take place at the country’s largest 60,000-seater sports stadium and around 40 leaders have been invited.
“It’s going to be a grand occasion, no doubt about that,” said Simon Khaya-Moyo, chairman of Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party.
A constitutional court ruling confirmed Mugabe as president and declared the elections “free, fair and credible” and that the results “reflected the free will of the people of Zimbabwe.”
Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai who insists that the July 31 election that returned the 89-year-old to power was rigged and will shun the swearing-in.
”Expecting Tsvangirai to attend the inauguration is like expecting a victim of robbery to attend a party hosted by the robber,” Tsvangirai’s spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka told AFP.
The inauguration had been delayed after Tsvangirai challenged the poll results in a petition to the constitutional court.