Globetrotting Zimbabwe president Mugabe off to Madagascar

Globetrotter Mugabe off to Madagascar for COMESA summit


President Robert Mugabe is leaving Zimbabwe on yet another trip abroad. This time the 92-year-old Zanu PF leader is travelling to Madagascar for the COMESA summit. He only arrived back in Zimbabwe last Thursday after a week in Asia.

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)
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)

According to revelations by former Finance Minister Tendai Biti, President Mugabe who has been president for 36 years, takes about £2.7m in cash with him every time he goes on an overseas trip. The trips are frequent and critics say the majority are not even necessary.

“After the so called million man march in Harare where crowds were rented and school heads suffered extortion to surrender school buses by force, President Mugabe is at it again. His foreign trips never cease and it seems like he gets sick if he spends a single month in Harare,” said the MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu.

“So far this year his trips have gobbled a whopping $80 million and there is not a single achievement made through his insatiable appetite for air travel. This is the President who likes to please the world and enjoys trying to fix global issues yet he can’t fix the economy under his chin,” Gutu said in a statement issued in May this year.

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is a free trade area with twenty member states stretching from Libya to Swaziland. Nehanda Radio

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