PRESIDENT-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa Thursday left for Windhoek, Namibia for the 38th SADC Summit which starts this Friday and ends Saturday.
It is his first foreign visit since his election as the country’s leader July 30.
Mnangagwa’s poll victory is being challenged in the courts by MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa.
His new mandate has seen a state crackdown on some opposition leaders and their followers with the US government keeping its sanctions law on Harare citing lack of improvement in the country’s democratic system.
Meanwhile, in Mnangagwa’s absence, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is acting President.
Namibian President Hage Geingob takes over leadership of the regional bloc from South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the summit.
The theme of the summit is, “Promoting Infrastructure Development and Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development”.