President Jacob Zuma will not attend Tuesday’s inauguration of Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta.
He will be represented by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at the event in Nairobi.
The statement did not give reasons why Zuma was not attending.
At least 26 heads of state are expected to attend the ceremony in which Kenyatta will be sworn in for his second and last term in office.
It follows last week’s decision by Kenya’s Supreme court to validate the results of the rerun of the August presidential election which was annulled by the court over reported irregularities and illegalities.
Kenyatta won 98% of the vote in the October elections which was boycotted by the leader of Kenya’s biggest opposition party, Raila Odinga.