The government of Botswana has confirmed that President Mokgweetsi E. K. Masisi, and Former Presidents Festus Mogae and Seretse Khama Ian Khama will be attending the inauguration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa which has been scheduled for Sunday 12 August. In a statement, the government of Botswana said,
PRESIDENT MASISI TO ATTEND MNANGAGWA INAUGURATION WITH FORMER PRESIDENTS
The Office of the President wishes to inform that His Excellency Mr. Mokgweetsi E. K. Masisi, the President of the Republic of Botswana, will travel to Harare, Zimbabwe on Sunday, 12th August 2018 to attend the Inauguration Ceremony of the President-Elect of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency Mr. Emmerson Dambuzo Mnangagwa, following that country’s historic elections held on 30th July 2018.
Accompanying His Excellency the President on the trip will be Former Presidents H.E. Mr. Festus G. Mogae and H.E. Lt. General Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama aboard the Presidential Jet, OK1, at His Excellency’s invitation. The Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, and the Deputy Secretary General of the Botswana Democratic Party, Honourable Shaw Kgathi, will also be part of the President’s entourage.
His Excellency the President and delegation will return to Gaborone on the same day.
However, if opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa files his challenge at the Constitutional Court as he has vowed to do, the inauguration will have to be postponed. Chamisa has alleged that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) manipulated the results in favour of Mnangagwa.