President Emmerson Mnangagwa left Harare for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Wednesday for the inauguration of President John Magufuli following his re-election last week for a second five-year term.
The swearing-in ceremony will be held at Jamhuri Stadium in Tanzania’s administrative capital, Dodoma.
Mnangagwa is accompanied by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Sibusiso Moyo.
He arrived at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam where he was met by Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Tanzania, Lieutenant-General (Retired) Anselem Sanyatwe.
President Magufuli of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party won 84 per cent of the vote while his main challenger, Tundu Lissu of Chadema party, garnered only 13 per cent.
CCM has been in power since Tanzania attained independence from Britain in 1961.
Observer missions from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the East African Community (EAC) commended Tanzanians for voting in a peaceful manner.
However, the poll was reportedly marred by violence against opposition candidates and widespread stuffing of ballot boxes.
Meanwhile, in Mnangagwa’s absence, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is the Acting President.