Mutambara MDC Officials attend Mugabe swearing in

HARARE - Losing MDC candidates from the rival faction led by Arthur Mutambara attended the swearing in of former President Mugabe.

‘There will be criticism because I attended this ceremony. But in times like this it is crucial to put the past behind us and show the spirit of constructive engagement and dialogue as the only way forward. Victory is sweet and defeat is bitter, but as leaders we must learn to accept both and work for the good of the people. It is time for a new spirit to govern the manner in which we engage,’ Gabriel Chaibva, the spokesperson for the Arthur Mutambara-led MDC faction, said.

Other MDC attendants included Edwin Mushoriwa, Priscilla Mushonga and Job Sikhala. Reports say Mugabe invited Tsvangirai and senior MDC officials to attend the inauguration, but Tsvangirai shunned the event, describing it as illegitimate.

ZEC declared Mugabe the winner in 48 hours, whereas the results of the first-round election March 29 were not released until May 2, more than a month later. That election gave Tsvangirai 47.9% of the ballots, compared with 43.2% for Mr. Mugabe. The two MDC groups claimed a parliamentary majority in the election. –

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