President begins annual leave
PRESIDENT Mugabe has started his month-long annual leave after ending the year on a high with the successful hosting of the highly-subscribed Zanu-PF 16th Annual National People’s Conference that ended in Masvingo on Saturday. Presidential spokesman, Mr George Charamba, said the leave would be interspersed with official engagements. ‘‘President Mugabe has started a month-long annual leave, part of which will be spent outside the country. The leave shall be interspersed with official engagements, including one which is related to the African Union,’’ Mr Charamba said.
The AU convenes for its 28th Summit from January 22 to 31 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is Acting President.