Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces President Robert MugabeÂ witnessed the swearing-in of Tanzanian leader Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete who is serving his 2ndÂ and last term following a sliding victory in the 31st of October parliamentary and presidential elections.ÂAt a colorful ceremony attended by thousands of Tanzanians from across the political divide , former Tanzanian President Ali Hassan Mwinyi, and Dr Benjamin Mkapa, the current and former leaders of Zanzibar, including newly sworn-in PresidentÂ Ali Mohamed Shein , government representatives from SADC state and Tanzaniaâ€™s neighbours Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi.
DRC â€˜sÂ Joseph Kabila, Kenyaâ€™s Mwaikibaki, South Africaâ€™s Cde Jacob Zuma and Zambiaâ€™s Rupiah Banda , were also there to witness the happyÂ occasion and congratulate their counterpart.
In the just ended elections Pr esident Kikwete of Chama cha Mapindizi garnered 5,27 million votes out of the total 8, 626 million ballots cast which analysts say had a high voter apathy.
Out of the 20, 1 million registered voters , only 41% of them voted.
In 2nd position was the Chama cha Demokrasiaâ€™s Dr Willibrod Slaa with 26% of the votes and in 3rd position was Prof Ibrahim Lipumba, United Front ,with 8%.
There was pomp and fanfare as the thousands gathered in Uhuru Stadium joining the reelected president to celebrate in style .
A gun salute , a fly past by the Air force of that country and colorful marches wowed the crowd, the portraits of the founding fathers the late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere from Mainland Tanzania and current President Kikwete,Â and on the other side ,the portrait of late AmaniÂ Abed Karume from Zanzibar towered over the proceedings in the stadium , as if to remind Tanzanians the long road their country has thus far and stressing that the legacy of unity from the founding fathers should be jealously guarded.
In his address President Kikwete called on the various parties to close ranks following the election contest . He pledged to continue working on economic development and infrastructure development.
Zimbabwe and Tanzania are close partners in SADC, the African Union, COMESA and others.
It was also the cradle and bedrock of the Southern African Liberation Movement that brought together ZANU PF, andÂ ZAPU, the ANC of South Africa, SWAPO of Namibia.
Cde Mugabe was seen off at Dar-es Salaam International Airport by Zimbabweâ€™s Ambassador to Tanzania Cde Edzai Chimonyo and senior Tanzanian governmentt officials.
He was met at the Harare InternationalÂ Airport by Vice President Mujuru and service chiefs.