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Trump snubs Mugabe

By Maxwell Sibanda

United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday snubbed President Robert Mugabe as he treated other African leaders to a working lunch on the sidelines of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York.

President Robert Mugabe and Donald Trump
President Robert Mugabe and Donald Trump

Trump was joined by South African President Jacob Zuma and leaders of Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Namibia, Senegal and Uganda.

It was not clear whether Trump, who was on Thursday attacked by Mugabe during his speech to the General Assembly, had overlooked the Zimbabwean leader as a result of the long-standing frosty relations between Washington and Harare or it was for other reasons.

The US slapped Mugabe and members of his inner circle with sanctions over human rights violations and lack of rule of law.

On Thursday, Mugabe took a dig at Trump for his speech on North Korea and Iran, which he said was threatening peace.

In a speech that lasted about 20 minutes, Mugabe called on Trump to blow his “trumpet in a musical way,” towards peace.

That was a bit surprising as Mugabe, ahead of his 93rd birthday, had suggested in an interview with ZTV that Trump might re-examine long-standing US sanctions on Zimbabwe.

“When it comes to Donald Trump, on the one hand, talking of American nationalism, well, America for America, America for Americans — on that we agree,” Mugabe said adding: “Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans.”

Mugabe’s welcoming tonne during Trump’s inauguration did not change Washington’s stance towards Harare.

The US national security adviser, Herbert McMaster, this year told a press briefing that the “exclusive group of dictators”, which includes Mugabe, had gained notoriety for rampant human rights abuses.

McMaster was reacting to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s decision to force through a controversial poll that seeks to create a body to review the South American country’s constitution.

“Maduro is not just a bad leader. He is now a dictator,” McMaster said.

“By this action, Maduro is joining an exclusive club of outlaw world leaders, like Bashar al-Assad (Syria), Kim Jong Un (North Korea), and Robert Mugabe.”

Trump’s snub of Mugabe was the third time in three years that the 93-year-old has suffered such an embarrassment at the hands of a sitting American president.

In 2014, former president Barack Obama did not invite Mugabe to a landmark US/Africa investment summit held in Washington where nearly 50 heads of State took part in the two-day event, which sought to widen trade, development and security ties between America and Africa.

 

Mugabe and leaders of Egypt, Sudan and Madagascar were excluded from the summit.

At the time, Mugabe was African Union (AU) first vice president and incoming chairperson of Southern African Development Community (Sadc).

In 2015, Obama visited the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia but avoided meeting Mugabe although he was at the time chairperson of the continental body and the regional Sadc bloc.

During his speech at the AU headquarters, Obama condemned African leaders who refused to give up power, in remarks widely interpreted as a veiled attack on Mugabe.

“Africa’s democratic progress is also at risk when leaders refuse to step aside when their terms end. No one should be president for life,” he said.

The country’s largest opposition party, MDC, said no one was prepared to engage with Mugabe because he had outlived his usefulness to them.

“Surely, you couldn’t expect him (Trump) to invite Mugabe to the working lunch that he hosted on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

“Mugabe is a Pariah in influential world politics. That’s why even Obama hardly made a direct reference to Mugabe in his speeches, even when he visited Africa,” said MDC spokesperson, Obert Gutu.

“Mugabe wants to sound bullish and cocky in his UN public speeches. The bottom line, however, is that he is yesterday’s man. His brand of politics and grandstanding is no longer in sync with the dictates of modern day global politics and international relations,” he added.

Analysts said it was not surprising that Mugabe had been excluded from the working lunch as the US could have been guided by its foreign policy and the country’s strategic interests in Africa.

“And there are a host of US institutions that determine this. That Mugabe is officially under targeted sanctions means the snub is not surprising,” said political analyst, Vivid Gwede.

“Officially, the Zimbabwean leader remains blacklisted in the US probably in the same boat with Venezuela, North Korea, and Iran.

“And this has been a bipartisan approach of the Republicans and Democrats alike from the younger George Bush’s era to Barack Obama and now Trump. It is a continuation of a well-known US policy position. It would have been a shifting of sands if he was included,” added Gwede.

Farai Maguwu, a local political activist, said it was clear from his rhetoric that Mugabe is in a permanent conflict mode hence his presence at such an important engagement meeting would throw spanners into the discussion.

“I think Trump, like many other leaders, is waiting to meet the next president of Zimbabwe for constructive dialogue,” said Maguwu.

Mugabe, members of his family and senior Zanu PF officials were slapped with sanctions at the height of political violence and farm invasions in 2000.

The Zanu PF leader accused the US of seeking to overthrow him through the use of sanctions although Washington maintains they were in response to ballot fraud, lack of rule of law, human rights violations and lack of respect for property rights.

Mugabe and his Zanu PF government have blamed both the US and European Union sanctions for sinking the once-thriving economy but their opponents in the opposition blame corruption and bad governance for the current crisis.

Social commentator, Rejoice Ngwenya, said it was awkward for Trump to choose to meet leaders of Ethiopia and Uganda and yet excluding Mugabe from the same meeting.

He said Uganda and Ethiopia were fellow human rights habitual offenders who preside over authoritarian democracy.

“Nevertheless, any American leader would spite Mugabe because the latter does not hide his resentment of western democracies he accuses of imposition of sanctions on him. Mugabe is not likable – his arrogance and overrated anti-imperial stance are irritants,” observed Ngwenya.

Political analyst, Maxwell Saungweme, said the countries that were invited were of strategic interest to American foreign policy and businesses.

He observed that the countries have huge natural resources of interest to the US and the American government funds a lot of humanitarian and development programmes there.

“While Zimbabwe is also endowed with natural resources, our policies do not make us attractive to US investors. We grab land and businesses and run them down,” said Saungweme.

“Also, Zimbabwe is a very tiny country with a little market and tiny demand for American products if you look at it in the grand scheme of things. We are a tiny country with a very small population and we often overrate ourselves”.

Media practitioner, Nigel Nyamutumbu, said the snubbing of Mugabe by Trump had both economic and political undertones.

“On one hand it shows that Trump is going to maintain the sanctions regime on Zimbabwe and will not seek to influence the US Congress to repeal the embargo. On the other hand, it shows who America will be keen to discuss potential business and investment with in Africa and sadly, it seems Zimbabwe is not a prime target,” said Nyamutumbu. Daily News

  • Let him keep his America we keep our Zimbabwe

    • Simd

      That’s true even ISIS says the same. All you want is terrorising people without condemning. Zanu of, Isis, Alshabab, Boko Haram are same

    • Mambokadzi Perfect Pat

      What a dumb statement when 1 third of the Zimbabwean population live in foreign countries .Mugabe is on his way out brace yourselves.

  • Trump is an African president, the worst choice of presidency for the US.

  • Shit Mugabe said Trump play your Trumpet in a musical way towards peace period.

  • Poor Mugabe

  • Mhata yamai vake mugabe

  • fuckoff admin ko weku malawi newe zambia aivako here.. gwadziwai asi kupora kwenyu kuchanetsa.. if you cant beat them.. Join them

    • haaaa mugabe is the worst thing that has happened to zim accept it man….nxaah

    • Joining Mugabe and Zanu? I just cant do that!!

    • Ah rako uyu aripi kutaura matuzvi iwawa ukwane chitsaka watengerwa phone Ku yadah wakutozviita mu townaz tokudzosera kudoma kwawakabva

    • Mucharwadzwiwa,viva Bob

  • good nhingi i nhingi

  • aitya kuipiwa ice cream Trump

  • Vanhu vanonyepa akadii kutaura Robert ari ikoko

  • Trump akatanga asingafari ndikazoona ouchiririra zvaitaurwa navakuru

  • FUCK TRUMP AND THE FUCKEN ADMIN

  • mungangotaura zvatrump ko kuno kumba shortage yezvinhu wambo addresser here .charity begins at home .trump kwake kuri bho .

  • coz he stand for the truth

    • Uri duzvi romene

    • What truth?

    • Sims

      Who needs that truth dude. People needs a running country you poor African brain. You belong to East Africa ndokune vanhu vanofungira shure fanika iwe so.
      It’s not your fault dude but small brains in your skull.
      Shame

    • ma janGe mai vako havanake sure ravo rinehuswa

  • he is not a puppet

  • Stupid journalism.

    • Commando…….so you want Mugabe to forever???? ZANU PF don’t they have someone to carry the torch and preserve the legacy of the old man????It is not fair to as a 94 year old to run for elections.#Reality

  • Ichi chiNehanda hachina kana zvachinoziva rega ndisiyane nacho pane kuti chitipe zvemitambo chototaura tsvina

  • Chiiko chinonzi donald trumpet basa kuita ruzha bedzi ndibvireipo vana mhata munoswerera kushora President R.G Mugabe muri mhata dzevanhu mukawona muchiri kurumbidza dzimwe nyika muchishora yedu Zimbabwe nhamo inhamo amai havaroodzwe

  • This is why Mugabe is a moron, he talks the talk in front of his fellow African – made in China – leaders. They applaud him and then run away from him to be with Trump and to discuss real issues affecting their countries. Mugabe will be busy struggling to walk the streets of New York behind Grace and the 70 men youth delegation of 60+ year olds that accompanied him. If this isn’t the highlight of foolery in all Zimbabweans I don’t know what is.

  • WHATS SO SPECIAL ABOUT Trump,,,bloody puppets

    • Yr uncivil jargon says it all…uyayangisa!

      • Sims

        He is the world’s most powerful man.

    • Msunu wakho

    • what’s so special about the 93yr old horse who has created hunger-n poverty among citizens???

    • Thshuma you are stupid can’t you notice the political ,economic and social turmoil that is rampant in zim

  • It’s sad such an old man with a smell of urine wherever he is and shouting at people is the business. Was in ok yesterday it’s sad

  • Mugabe is lost

    • You the idiot thats lost not vaMugabe

      • Sims

        Vanhu veku Mashonaland makadhakiswa na Mugabe you see the truth about your god father. He is s curse to Zimbabwe.
        We should just have Zimbabwe split into three countries: Matebeleland, Masvingo with Ndau part of Manicaland and Mashonaland this will help big time.

    • You are stupid

    • Van der Merwe really……vamugsbe has presided over the total stuff up of Zimbabwe

    • Viva Mr RGMUGABE.fuck off pigs go back where u belong.better we suffer in our land without u.

  • He used to cy I want to take Bob out of power, i was so happy he was humiliated in front of the world in his own country, i don’t like mudhara bob but what I hate is someone outside threatening him,a big No

  • Ndezvake izvo trump hatina basa nelunch yake. Akaudzwa chokwadi. Dzungu!

  • Mugabe doesn’t need lunch. Come back home and have your delicious traditional food

    • imi muchingomama nenzara, tsve kuti muti come-n destroy hunger-n poverty,

    • Im sorry we are not hungry we survived 2008 and we will survive 2018 no matter who wins the election. Nzara is a word used by those who gave up and ran an listen to social media life is not what we would want but we are eating everyday

    • Yo bro; is it about the lunch or it’s about building relationships and networking. No country can go it alone anymore. It’s a global village.

    • Yes while those we empower to do the politics work. We should do the best we can to survive.

  • Mugabe chikwambo chiya

  • Trump has shown that his political philosophy of re – colonising Africa, is incompatible with that of sovereignty by HE

  • Americans walk the talk in terms of business & Mugabe &poor stupid fools waffle while their African counterparts are busy interacting with Trump to find more investment opportunities, that alien Mugabe must be repatriated &buried beside his uncle Kamzu Banda, mxxxxm

    • bootlicker

    • while u being constantly fed poison andyou stil lick the american

    • you Gladys Mukunga, I don’t want to insult yu plz so away with your fucked idiotic mind based on Mugabe rhetoric, what poison do you know besides the most venom of your alien, sissies

    • do you actually know the meaning of bootylicker you maroons, comment your post you bustards &remember to lick Grace’s booty

    • Umm

      How many migrants from those countries ; Nigeria**, Côte d’Ivoire , Ethiopia , Ghana , Guinea , etc try to make it to Europe unsafely in dangerous seas , most without success , the Europe that does not have much ?.

      Mugabe haaziriye arikutonga , taurai nemasoja , mukanzwanana and your plans are safe and economically sound , munopinda. Asi nyika ichakunetsai its not as simple as it seems.

  • you will hear them saying Mugabe snubbed Trump. imbeciles.

  • Ask George Bush and Tonny Blair, about the facts cde Mugabe has on biased world’s superpowers leaders,always suppressing other nations to follow,live,breathe,eat,clothe their way of behaviours…facts are very stubborn.

    • Hatidye rhetorics baba we need investment in Zimbabwe not insulting vanazvo kuti uombererwe nevari kubetserwa nevanazvo

  • Or was it not the other way round?

  • Hapana president we america asina hondo yake yanoita hoyo trump ne north korea hameno vano namats America zvakanaka zvadero àkamusiya nekuti vanuudzwa chokwadi ndivo vabvonyongi venyika zvinji.

  • I bet the president of Nambia was there too.

  • Exposed mugabes stupidity

  • We want freedom of expression, speech and jobs for the masses in zim. Not picking up peace fights while pple in zim are suffering. We need a new government which cares about the pple

    • These African presidents applaud Mugabe then they go and meet Trump.Surely the other leaders should tell him on the sidelines.He has has 37 years what more can he do.When he started i was a toddler now am grown up he still wants to be there.

  • He said the truth, but we pay the ‘price’

  • It was because he had left hungry people behind so he was not to eat as well. No one likes anyone one has to be likeable which is not found in the president.

  • RGM shouldn’t go anywhere near NY and the UN summit. He should be crawling over a mile of broken glass apologising to Zimbabwe for the unmitigated stuff up he has presided over in this nation. …wake up Zimbabwe. He DOES NOT speak for me

  • Mugabe should never be allowed anywhere close to the PA system at UN.

  • Zvakafanana..!! Mugabe wld’ve rejected the invitation …i am surprised some pple think Trump is a measurement of goodness.
    I don’t think this is news at all..tipie ma results e zim third division kana psl kusina vhiki rino.maakuda kuti tiku dislikei manje…!!!Kukundwa kufunga nesuwo tisina kana certifcate zvaro …mopedza mabhatiri edu manje..😬😬😬😬

  • Who is Trump ???what is so special about him .he is just a new commer in the game of politics so he must lower down his tail and lessons to seasonal politicians who have learnt it all .. I respect My R G Mugabe who respects human lives other than the monster who boastfull of feeding with human blood. ..Shame on you Mr Gold Goliath

    • If you look down at Trump as a nation you wouldn’t be after the use of the US$ now with your currency. He may be no ideal to you but he stands for the world barometer of wealth economics now

    • Trump did not introduced any currency to any country and the use of multi currency in Zimbabwe doesn’t give ultimate authority of Usdollars usage in Zimbabwe as the U S never issued us with silver and coins …. Usdollars are in every country as per their choice of trying to be super powers in the world economy system. ….

  • This page is good for nothing.

  • As if he cares

  • Wats so special about Trump pliz give us a break

  • mugabe is a bigger man to trump
    who wants to dine with a bully
    who isbuiding what in whose country

  • Trump wakakwapayidzwa hanzi Mr Trump go and blow your trumpet towards morals and values.

  • He did it coz he is North Korean ally

  • I think Mugabe haters cannot celebrate his being snubbed by Donald Trump. It’s actually President Mugabe who should be celebrating at being snubbed by a rogue President of the States who knows no public relations. Trump is just a war mongering bully. In no time after taking over the presidency, he has engaged in racism and is fighting the black American citizens, he has openly supported the white supremacists, is spoiling for a war with North Korea etc. President Mugabe should be happy for not being associated with Donald Trump and what he represents.

  • Nambia???, as well

  • Trump himself is being snubbed so mugabe is in the right lane. I wouldnt meet him either Trump is a retard.

    • Who are you to even be allowed near him. You are a dreamer moron.

    • I dont dream dude! I do as i please. If Trump is an asshole he is just that. Im not one of those zim people anongoti murungu zvataura is gold. F*ck that bro! If someone is BS i stand by that.

    • Dotard

  • Is Trump God anyway? No. The global problems at large are caused by these superpowers. What’s dinner? Kudya wonomama hapana zvekutaura apa. Happy to be recolonised. Racism is the order of day for Trump, Trumper, Trumpet. Be conscious of what you are. Be conscious to be black. I loathe Trump.

    • Who cares that u hate Trump?? At least u have misplaced priorities u don’t know who to hate that why your life is so miserable.idiot

    • Why do you insult me over mere news and posts on social media. You are the worst moron mhata,duzvi, gongo unodya marutsi embwa dzinonzi varungu go hang urimbwa mhata muviri wose. Usaite mafeelings nesocial media. Siyana neni. Nxa. Msunukanyoko or musatanyoko. Mhata yamayi vako ine zip.

  • On the other news Lebron Just tweeted Trump is a Bum lol 😂 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 it topped the whole internet since 3am

  • So the Bogus friendship did not last long at all.smh!

  • Trump is an idiot

  • Well done Donald Trump!!!!!!! The whole world should snub this evil thing!!!!!!

  • Trump chinombori chii.snub Mugabe pakudii

  • what has happened to pan africanism and african brotherhood? the other African leaders should have turned down the invitation unless their african brother was invited too

  • Who is Trump?. Bow down to him cz is your master,fools only do that.I dont.

  • For the first time Donald Trump has actually done something meaningful

  • Strange how some of these black fktards run Trump down when he’s just trying to do good ? But but happy with the fking pos Mugabe whose nothing but a thief and criminal animal. Fking dumb fks .

  • Nxa

    Any difference between Uganda and Zimbabwe ?.

    Mugabe is not a dictator , depends on how you define the term , he is the opposite.

    Obama is the biggest dictator in history and the West** a huge dictatorship. Trump is still finding it difficult to be accepted as President of the US , why ?? FFT , US is not the free world he once thought.

    Machinjiro akaita zvinhu in the last 11yrs , i ruminati chaiyo , total darkness. Kwatirikuyenda kwakaipa….ndosaka vasingamude. Kune yimwe hurumende.

    Mativiri anotaurisa ngadzidze kunyura….deep swim. Hupenyu hwatirikurarama hwese inhema… preprogrammed.

  • Zimbabwe will remain a consumer as long as the owner of zanu is the one running the country

  • who cares?

  • Ras Matopos

    Headline yenyu iyo : Trump snubs Mugabe. And he invites 9 African leaders out of 54. These are his allies, what’s the news then?