Ageing Mugabe called to cut foreign trips
From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – GLOBE-trotting Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has embarked on yet another overseas trip amid criticism his travels were straining state coffers.
Critics say he is no longer making useful contributions at the summits, age and ill-health having slowed him down.
Mugabe, who has endured massive street protests to vacate office he has occupied for 36 years, has left Harare for the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Venezuela. He is also scheduled to attend the 71st United Nations (UN) General Assembly in the United States.
His increasing unpopular wife, Grace, with a penchant for overseas shopping trips, has accompanied him.
Youth activists slammed his attendance of the key summits owing to his alleged ill-health that have seen him undergo treatment in Asia.
“We cannot say we have a representative at these global forums because President Mugabe always sleeps at these forums. He is too old,” said Chenurai Muriritirwa of the leader aged 92.
Lameck Zvauya, another youth leader, recommended that Deputy President Emmerson Mnangagwa attend such summits.
Mnangagwa is seen as a successor to Mugabe but the Zanu (PF) party is fraught with factionalism.
A faction is pushing for Grace to succeed her husband, who has been in power since independence from Britain in 1980.
Presidential spokesman, George Charamba, was not available for comment.
– CAJ News
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