Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was scheduled to be the guest of honour at the 2022 Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) will not be replaced.
Kenyatta was set to officially open the trade exhibition on Friday but it has since been confirmed that he will not attend the event.
Speaking on the sidelines of a press briefing on Monday, 24 April, ZITF chairman Busisa Moyo said set protocol does not allow for a replacement of a guest of honour. Moyo said:
Kenya is in mourning following the death of former President Kibaki and as such President Kenyatta is no longer coming.
The set protocol does not allow for a replacement of a guest of honour. Therefore, President Emmerson Mnangagwa is officiating.
Kenyatta cancelled his planned visit to Zimbabwe following the death of the East African country’s former president Mwai Kibaki last week.
The 2022 Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) will be held from April 26 to 30 under the theme: “Rethink, Reimagine, Reinvent Value Chains for Economic Development”.