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Mugabe’s 70-member entourage to UN meeting in New York includes family

By Kurauone Chihwayi

MDC joins the rest of the nation in expressing outrage at President Robert Mugabe’s latest globetrotting venture disguised as attendance to the United Nations Summit in New York scheduled for September 19 to 23 in which he takes along a whole 70 people among them his entire family as part of his entourage.

President Mugabe and First Lady Grace Mugabe arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport yesterday. The President is in Paris to attend the 21st United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Picture by Presidential photographer Joseph Nyadzayo)
2015 File Picture: President Mugabe and First Lady Grace Mugabe arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport. The President was in Paris to attend the 21st United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Picture by Presidential photographer Joseph Nyadzayo)

It is a heart stopper to learn that the 10-day trip will see each member of the delegation gobble over US$15 000 – at a time when the state media reports that the cost of living has gone up again by 0.52 per cent. Only a few relevant government officials are adequate for the summit.

It therefore boggles the mind as to what value the extra members of the entourage, including the President’s toddler grandson, are supposed to add in this diplomatic mission.

It is a no brainer that since the First family is barred from travelling to Europe on personal business, they see no shame in using important government trips such as these for vacation purposes.

We know that this is yet another opportunity for Grace Mugabe to exercise her expensive shopping prowess in New York, which millions of suffering Zimbabwean can only dream of. Since the beginning of the year we have witnessed President Mugabe’s foreign trips taking up millions of dollars in tax-payers’ money while yielding absolutely no tangible benefits for the ordinary Zimbabwean.

Meanwhile millions of hungry Zimbabweans continue to spend the majority of their time in bank queues daily anticipating a few measly dollars of their hard earned cash. The Registrar General’s office has reportedly run out of money to print passports and hospitals have run out of ARVs.

These are just a few of the serious crises the country is facing at the moment, but President Mugabe’s government saw it fit to waste desperately needed cash on this vacation for his family and friends.

This arrogant notoriety by President Mugabe continues to teach us that it will be forever impossible for the nation to undergo vigorous economic transformations which will improve the lives of millions of citizens who continue to be submerged in abject poverty if power remains with Zanu PF.

Kurauone Chihwayi is the MDC (Ncube) National spokesperson

  • Yatova Mugabe summit

  • And you tell us Mugabe should retire. Such will never happen.

  • Chance to enter the USA .
    Remember, they are not allowed to DO so without any UN business . Zvinofadza kuBoyz dze Smoko .

  • Muchati Bhuu

    Kuti bhuu.

  • With no guidance an old man will do anything

  • Tajamuka

    Hopefully the plane disappear and never to be seen again with the whole family’s

  • Achingoenda Mnangagwa tora nyika iko kogarira futi ikoko nehama dzako hanti vanofamba vose.

    • KKKKK anourawa varimo muzim vano muridzira dai iri nyika yese isingamude ndoyaingotambwa

  • oh and what is any of you actually going to do about it but be Outraged, if you can’t deal with him then you deserve him……. there are many lamp posts in Harare.

    • Go hang! Hahahaha!

    • True but what to do. He steals elections and the people are hungry to fight

  • A aaaah nhaimi kopanevachirikushushikana nezvaChatunga nanhasi, ini I surrender baba bona ‘s actions in 2008,I realized there’s no use for me to complain now

  • A aaaah nhaimi kopanevachirikushushikana nezvaChatunga nanhasi, ini I surrender baba bona ‘s actions in 2008,I realized there’s no use for me to complain now

  • Rega zvienda hanya nani

  • Gymbunny

    Grace asonorova vanhu ikoko, hatizivi kuti inozobuda here diplomatic ku states

  • Ngaachisiya basa Zimbabwe orange kutungamira nevane chido neZimbabwe

  • Why is it so important for the president to attend each and every summit when we are broke.Inga wani kana wakachona unombomirawo zvebhawa

    • unoti Mapfumo ainyepa kuti “…they love America, Everyone wants to be there…” aiziva vanhu vaaiimbira
      #BiginAmerica

      • gibson george

        But they are marxist, so how can they love capitalist America

    • True dat

  • Soon to announce new name of the country from Zimbabwe to #Mugabe country

  • This shit baboon is Enjoying shame

  • Ngaanorova veikoko timbonzwa.

  • He will sleep b4 taking the seat kkkkkkkk Charunga’s Father

  • VaMugabe tingavadii,hepene ende hepene

  • Kkkk mugabe knows he got the people in his palms …akatadza kuzvitengerawo ndege 😃 air zim ndo private plane yake ..akatadza ku vhura channel yake Ztv is his private channel ..the poem when the news start is about him forcing people to sree good in him haa bob tese tiri huruva wangu reasoner

  • MDC majerasi avabaya. Mu GNU maisara here imi? B4 GNU maiti mercedes c350 i fuel gazzler asi mamu GNU makawedzera ma BT50. Be honest that you are sore losers kkkkkkkk. Shame,walk the talk kwete zve convinient idealistic nonsense

    • Its not MDC is being affected here its us the people. You should understand that most of the people dont have preveledges that you might have to say this. This money could have been used to repair and build more roads. Be serious

    • taura hako Donnie

    • Musanyepa

    • President vafamba vega here? Chero Magufuli ane delegation

    • So you are comparing C350 nemazda BT50

    • Oooooh no not at alll , you have lost my point

  • We are stupid idiots who are colonized by gushungos stop this facebook noise and confront the devil

  • 70 ????? A bus over loaded with standing passengers, on what business? Shopping diplomancy my God.

  • kkkkkkkkkk aaaaya

  • Like a kid! Hahaha?

  • this old man i dont know kuti dzakakwana here

  • Electric cable kuStates

  • When people have nothing to do they end up scrutinizing the journeys of other people. Who in the world cares how much Trump spends when he goes to middle east. It’s a sign of hard times for us as a nation. I wish that there is a turn around where we are all busy and we focus on our own.
    Those guys have privileges through they system

  • Nxaaaaaaa

  • Akatoti chance yauya zvaari patravel ban vaionewo USA,ndosaka achichema nemasanctions shuviro yekkuti Grace anospenda nezvinana Chatunga zvizivewo America

  • My thinking is that he is using the large number of people to disguise money laundering. Each and every individual will take an amount of money purported to be theirs into foreign countries as a retirement package for the Mugabes. We really need to to have a long look at what these guys are up to.

  • Nxaaa

  • Aaargh 70🙌🙌🤗naSimba chizukuru ..

  • Mai Ryan

  • Kkkkkkkk He I busy enjoying the benefits of functional economies whilst his own is dying. We have a joke for a President. Ahh nyanisi

  • Well they have travel restrictions and this opportunity provides them the rare chance to go there. They love America too

  • After all Mr President will be sleeping at the summit and one wonders the reason why he attended …poor man tax money being put to waste .

  • Inga wani isu toenda kwaMurehwa takazadza Rori raMdara wani,regai munhu afambe nemhuri yake

  • Iwe voshora kkk