President Emmerson Mnangagwa had to cancel a trip to Mt Darwin, where he was scheduled to address a Zanu PF thank you rally, in order to attend to other important issues.

In a statement, the Deputy Chief Secretary for Presidential Communications, Mr George Charamba said President Mnangagwa spent the day busy in his office and delegated Vice President Kembo Mohadi to the Mt Darwin event.

“His Excellency the President, E.D. Mnangagwa, today, Saturday, spent the day at his Munhumutapa Offices from where he made contact with a number of Heads of State and Government from the region and on the continent. The prime objective was for him to brief his colleagues on the situation obtaining in the country following opposition-instigated violent demonstrations which affected the country two weeks ago. He also received reports from returning special envoys he had dispatched to selected countries in the region and on the African continent for the same mission. This year’s opening ordinary summit of the African Union which the President will attend, is scheduled to convene in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in the second week of February,” said Mr Charamba.

Mr Charamba added that President Mnangagwa took advantage of his contacts with fellow leaders in the region to apprise them on his recent visit to Eurasia at which a number of projects of a regional, transnational scope were discussed.

Mr Charamba also said after cancelling his trip to Mt Darwin, the President will meet the people of Mashonaland Central Province at a later day to be announced by the Zanu PF Commissariat Department.