president mugabe departure 11-11-10 ed.jpgThe Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe, has left Harare for Victoria Falls enroute to Katima Mulilo in Namibia on Friday, for the inauguration of the Caprivi Link Interconnector.


Cde Mugabe will join other regional leaders at the inauguration ceremony.

President Mugabe is accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Media, Information and Publicity, Cde George Charamba and senior government officials.

He was seen off at the Harare International Airport by Vice President John Nkomo, Media, Information and Publicity Minister, Cde Webster Shamu, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Cde Misheck Sibanda, service chiefs and senior government officials.

Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe are the countries that will celebrate the switching on of the Caprivi Interconnector.

The Caprivi Interconector connects Namibia to the electricity network of the neighbouring sister republics.

Cde Mugabe will join President Hifukepunye Pohamba of Namibia in the switching on ceremony of the 350 kilovolt or 300 megawatt line linking Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia networks to ensure reliable power supply.

Over the years the Caprivi Strip has been linked to the Zambian grid.

The leaders might also take the opportunity to compare notes.

Zimbabwe and Namibia share a lot in common and the strong relations between the two countriesdates back to the days of the liberation struggle.

On Wednesday, the visiting Namibian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cde Utoni Nujoma left the country after a 4-day visit during which he held meetings with his Zimbabwean counterpart, Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi.

Meanwhile, Vice President John Nkomo is the Acting President.