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INDECENT SPECTACLE: A picture of President Mugabe taken at the G15 summit in Venezuela
MUGABE bows head, eyes closed during summit
SIX African diplomats based in Venezuela have issued a bizarre protest after a satirical television show broadcast a clip of President Mugabe apparently dozing off during the G15 Summit at the end of February.
A letter of protest dated 11 March sent to the General Manager of independent commercial TV station Globovision accused the station of producing an “indecent spectacle” and a “parody concentrating around the figure of President Mugabe."
The letter which described Mugabe as a “respected head of state, over eighty years old and a well known fighter for independence and against racial discrimination” was signed by diplomats from South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt and Libya, among others.
“More than a discourteous treatment towards a high ranking foreign dignitary in an official visit to your country, we believe that your network has incurred in what in full display has been a deplorable and reiterated insult to human dignity,” read part of the letter.
“Simply speaking, your network's television viewers have been presented with a very grotesque and indecent spectacle, full of vulgar effects, despicable expressions and many ridicules and gestures full of racist content.
“By the way, this is a behaviour that leaves too much to be desired, about the democratic talent, the manners and the intellectual moral of the producers of this television program.”
Still pictures in possession of New Zimbabwe.com taken at the meeting show the Zimbabwean leader with his eyes closed but it is not clear if indeed he was sleeping.
The television station which openly opposes Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a close friend of President Mugabe, showed the Zimbabwean leader bowing his head, eyes closed, during a speech by one of the Presidents during the course of the Summit of the Group of the 15, held in Caracas at the end of February.
The clip featured humorous music and studio-generated snoring sounds in the background while the host of "Aló Ciudadano" (Hello Citizen), Leopoldo Castillo quipped that it reminded him of the movie “The Planet of the Apes”. One of the show’s guest, Humberto Calderon Berti, added that the Mugabe incident reminded him “of a little dog falling off a taxicab”.
Berti is a staunch opponent of President Chavez and a former president of the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA. He was head of OPEC for the greater part of the last four decades country for more than forty years, and which are now seeking to oust Chavez.
Globovision is currently
engaged in a battle with the government over unpaid taxes and the illegal use of
microwave broadcasting frequencies.
Mudzuri Walks Out of Bogus Hearing
Executive Mayor of
Engineer Mudzuri felt that the hearing could not proceed without him having had access to a copy of the report raising the allegations of misconduct against him, as he would not be in a position to assist the committee without knowing the allegations that are being levelled against him. The committee decided to continue with the hearing in the absence of Engineer Mudzuri.
is puzzling why both Chombo and the committee would
deny Engineer Mudzuri a copy of the report which
contains the allegations levelled against him.
We are, therefore left with no choice but to conclude that the suspension
of Engineer Mudzuri is a political ploy by the failed
Zanu PF regime to discredit the MDC and its officials
and run the affairs of the City of
a short space of time after his election, Engineer Mudzuri embarked on a clean-up campaign to bring back
All the gains made during the term of office of Engineer Mudzuri have been eroded and the city has relapsed into a state of decay as large volumes of waste go uncollected, potholes have resurfaced, residents continue to experience incessant water cuts, while street lighting has not been repaired as a result of Chombo’s interference which is aided by Sekesai Makwavarara.
should be reminded that the residents of
We would want to warn all elements of oppression that one day the will of the people will prevail, and that some citizens will be called upon to account for their actions.
Paul Themba Nyathi
Secretary for Information and Publicity
Comment from The Cape Times, 23 March
Llandudno residents' small sacrifice is the Zimbabwe nation's gain
By John Scott
All those Llandudno residents upset at the idea of Robert Mugabe's finance minister setting up mansion in their suburb, or even Mugabe moving in himself, should realise theirs is a small sacrifice to make for the greater benefit of Zimbabwe. The more Mugabe and his cabinet can be encouraged to settle in the Cape, the better the chances of Zimbabwe recovering from the last few years of dictatorship. Let them all live here, and try to rule in exile. Zimbabwe's people will be eternally grateful to us for helping them regain their own freedom, and we'll hardly notice the politicians who have caused them so much grief. They'll probably use their new luxury quarters to entertain our country's leaders, in gratitude for their being so quietly diplomatic. Christopher Kuruneri, newly appointed by Mugabe to spearhead Zimbabwe's economic recovery, has begun by spending an estimated R30 million on the palatial seaside home at Llandudno. The idea is to show the world how much foreign capital Zimbabwe really has, so long as nobody brings it into the country. All those top businessmen charged with exporting currency from Zimbabwe made the mistake of importing it first. Kuruneri demonstrated the correct procedure. You acquire the money in another country, and invest it straight into South Africa, thereby avoiding the tiresome business of involving Zimbabwe at all. So we score as well. It's a win-win situation.
I spoke to a senior Zimbabwean government official about the Llandudno mansion. "I'm particularly interested to know why it's got eight bathrooms," I said. "Eight seems a bit excessive." "Not at all," said the man I shall call Max. "You cannot have too many bathrooms when you keep having to wash your hands to prove they are clean." "And the R1.5m-stereo system?" I asked. "It's chiefly to drown out the sound of protest and other unwanted noises, seeing that we can't beat up people here who offend us," Max explained. "Then why settle in the Cape, where you have to put up with democracy and the rule of law?" I persisted. "Surely it will cramp your government's style?" "We like the peace here," said Max. "We won't have the masses demanding land that we have already reallocated to ministers, generals and other VIPs. There's lots of petrol available, there aren't starving millions who blame us for the collapse of agriculture, and with permanent South African residence we'll be able to travel again. "In fact it would be perfect if only the newspapers didn't report what we are up to. At home we would just close them down, but here will try to persuade your government to act against the media on our behalf." "How will you do that?" "A bit of quiet diplomacy. How do you think we set this all up in the first place?"