Zimbabwe's incoming president Emmerson Mnangagwa has assured outgoing leader Robert Mugabe and his family "maximum security" ahead of his swearing that is scheduled to happen today as reported by state media.
"Mnangagwa on Thursday spoke to the outgoing President and assured him and his family maximum security and welfare as he appraised him of preparations for inauguration," the state-run Herald news site reported, adding it was unlikely Mugabe would attend as he "needed time to rest".
Meanwhile tens of thousands of Zimbabweans are already at Harare's National Sports Stadium to witness the inauguration of former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa to replace Robert Mugabe.
Snipers have taken up positions around the stadium amid tight security as Mnangagwa supporters stream in, with many dancing as music plays, hoping to catch a glimpse of Mnangagwa, who will replace his autocratic former boss as head of state.
Zimbabwe's former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa flew home on November 22 to take power after the resignation of Robert Mugabe put an end to 37 years of authoritarian rule