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Vol 54 No 18

Published 6th September 2013


KK cuts a dash

The Movement for Democratic Change’s application to the Constitutional Court to void the elections created uncertainty over the timetable for the inauguration of President Robert Mugabe and, with it, any hope that the pageantry could emulate the much-admired rituals of the Vatican or British royalty. Only six heads of state turned up on 22 August; retired elder statesmen represented most other African leaders. Zambian President Michael Sata’s choice of delegates was slightly mischievous: his white deputy, Guy Scott, and ex-President Kenneth Kaunda, who had backed Mugabe’s rival Joshua Nkomo during the liberation war.

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