President Robert Mugabe has left Harare for Kampala, Uganda where he will join other continental leaders for the inauguration of President Yoweri Museveni who has been leading his country since 1986.
President Mugabe was seen off at the Harare International Airport by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, several cabinet ministers, the Minister of Harare Metropolitan Province, Cde Miriam Chikukwa and service chiefs.
Cde Mugabe is accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and some senior government officials. President Museveni won the 18 February elections 2016 with 62 percent of the total votes cast.
He beat seven other candidates who include his nearest rival, Kizza Besigye whose Forum for Democratic Change party lost for the 4th time, having contested in 2001, 2006 and 2011.
President Museveni is credited with bringing calm and stability in Uganda after decades of instability under Idi Amin and Milton Obote. Challenges in his country include high unemployment figures and shortcomings in schools and the health delivery system.
Uganda made remarkable strides in the fight against HIV and AIDS and economic growth in the past few years.