Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is set to be
sworn in on Thursday after he emerged victorious in last month’s disputed
This follows the withdrawal of a court petition by his main
rival, Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai who argued that
the veteran leader's landslide victory in the 31 July elections had been
achieved through fraud and rigging.
Tsvangirai dropped his case in the Constitutional Court last
Friday as MDC officials admitted the case was weak in the absence of
information they wanted from election officials.
According to a newzimbabwe.com report, Mugabe, returning
from the SADC summit in Malawi, told hundreds of supporters who welcomed him at
the airport that following his inauguration, he will choose his ministers from
the pool of MPs from his party.
"We have set Thursday as the day for inauguration. That's
when I will take the oath, which will be followed by a careful consideration of
the names of people you voted, the people you saw fit to lead you in
parliament. That’s where we will pick the ministers,” Mugabe said.
He said the SADC summit had accepted Zimbabwe's elections as
free and credible.