Mugabe savaged for nepotistic delegation to UN

Gabriel MugabeFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe has come under immense criticism for taking his children, in-laws and grandchildren to the United Nations using taxpayers’ money.
The trip is said to have cost US$10 million (about R135 million).

The opposition levelled the criticism at the National Assembly after the globe-trotting Mugabe (93) took a 70-member delegation to the event in the United States in September.
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Member of Parliament (MP), Prince Sibanda, denounced the abuse of both taxpayers money and the office of the state at a time the country was facing severe economic challenges.
The outspoken MDC legislator said other countries always sent ministers to represent their nations arguing the Zimbabwean Head of State would find it necessary to travel to the UN on a government ticket with his children and grandchildren thereby worsening the country’s economic woes.
“Why take Bona Chikore (Mugabe’s daughter) and her husband (Simba Chikowore) to travel to a conference when they are not government officials? We only need relevant representatives to travel to a conference, not relatives. Mugabe needs to be sensitive to the problems in the country.”
Another MDC MP, Gift Chimanikire, said Mugabe had “embarrassed” Zimbabwe at the UN.
He was referring to the aged leader’s struggles to walk to the podium.
“We saw a video where the president was shown struggling to walk to the podium but I observed other presidents from other countries are wheeled to the podium. Why did our President’s bodyguards allow him to be embarrassed and left him to walk to the podium instead of being wheeled?” Chimanikire asked.
Speaker of the National Assembly, Jacob Mudenda, tried in vain to stop Chimanikire’s argument.
Despite his advanced age and related health issues, Mugabe intends to run for another five-year term in next year’s elections.
CAJ News

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