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TONY JONES, PRESENTER: Just a day after being inaugurated as Zimbabwe's president for a sixth time,
Robert Mugabe is taking part in a meeting of African head's of state in Egypt.

But African union observers have announced last Friday's election was undemocratic because of the
violence and fear that turned it into a one man contest.

While the opposition labelled the whole process a sham, the discredited President moved ahead with
re-assuming all the trappings of office.

Africa correspondent Andrew Geoghegan reports from Zimbabwe.

ANDREW GEOGHEGAN, REPORTER: Robert Mugabe's inauguration yesterday may have been condemned the
world over, but today he's taking his place alongside other Heads of State at an African Union's
summit in Egypt.

The Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is also there lobbying African Leaders to not
recognise Friday's Presidential election run-off.

THOKOZANI KHUPE, MDC VICE PRESIDENT: We as the MDC are calling upon the African Union to recognise
the election which was held on the 29th of March, and condemn the election which was held on the
27th of June.

ANDREW GEOGHEGAN: Robert Mugabe's election victory was never in doubt; after all it was a one man

According to his minders the Zimbabwe Leader won more than 85 per cent of the vote. His
inauguration as President was hastily convened, barely an hour after he was declared the winner.

ROBERT MUGABE, ZIMBABWE PRESIDENT: I will well and truly serve Zimbabwe in the office of President.

ANDREW GEOGHEGAN: After taking oath, Mr Mugabe appealed for unity.

ROBERT MUGABE: Indeed it is my hope that sooner rather than later we shall as diverse political
parties, hold consultations toward such serious dialogue.

ANDREW GEOGHEGAN: Not surprisingly the Opposition MDC is highly sceptical. Leader Morgan Tsvangirai
boycotted the run-off election, but tens of thousands of Zimbabweans defied the Authorities and out
a cross by his name.

Observers say the vote didn't represent the will of the people.

defenceless Zimbabweans. It's a country at war with itself, which could quite possibly be referred
to as a civil war.

ANDREW GEOGHEGAN: So what now for the future of Zimbabwe?

I left my place of hiding an arranged to meet Morgan Tsvangirai at his heavily guarded home to find
out what his next move will be.

He was briefing the Australian ambassador and other foreign diplomats about his plans. I was
secretly ushered into his compound to speak to the Opposition leader myself.

He is now President again for the next five years. What can you do from here?

MORGAN TSVANGIRAI, MDC LEADER: That's theoretical. The inauguration is a meaningless exercise in

You know as well as I do that this election was described by everyone across the world as a sham.
We are committed to a process that will at least set up a transition before another election can be

ANDREW GEOGHEGAN: What do you tell the Zimbabwean people who wanted to vote for you, but couldn't
because you pulled out of the election.

MORGAN TSVANGIRAI: Although it appears that their victory has been delayed, certainly it has not
been denied.

ANDREW GEOGHEGAN: Morgan Tsvangirai is continuing to talk to the diplomatic community hoping that
they'll keep up the pressure on the Mugabe regime.

His message is not to give up.

Andrew Geoghegan, Lateline.