Mugabe keeps envoys guessing

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has kept at least four envoys from European capitals unaccredited months after they arrived in the country, citing a busy schedule.

Source: Mugabe keeps envoys guessing – NewsDay Zimbabwe November 30, 2016

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Diplomatic sources told NewsDay this week that one of the diplomats awaiting accreditation had to seek refuge in his house during an official function at his country’s embassy in Harare.

“The German ambassador-designate had to hide in his house during his country’s national day commemorations as the reception went on in the garden,” an impeccable source said.

“Other ambassadors waiting for accreditation are from Sweden, France and Portugal.”

Foreign Affairs permanent secretary Joey Bimha confirmed the situation.

“This is a very bad period and the President has been tied up with universities’ graduations as well as international engagements. He has been travelling a lot and that has made it difficult for us to find a way around the issue,” he said.

“But we are trying to find time. We had provisionally set December 1, but given the fact that the President is travelling to Cuba, which was not originally planned, that date would have to be moved as well.”

Mugabe’s international trips have been so frequent that during the first quarter of 2016, he had already gobbled over $50 million in foreign travel in a country that can hardly afford rudimentary medical supplies.

NewsDay heard that Mugabe had rescheduled the accreditation ceremonies at least five times since August.

“So far, Mugabe has scheduled the accreditation ceremony over five times and cancelled. The deputies are holding fort, as acting ambassadors, but you can imagine that some of them are now getting restless. With Christmas coming up, the whole thing has messed up contingency planning,” a source said.

“The Portuguese guy has been here since 2014 as chargé d’affaires (a diplomat who heads an embassy in the absence of the ambassador) and has since been promoted so he cannot be seen in public before he is accredited.”

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    amina 5 years ago

    Reason why Robert Gabriel Mugabe travels so much foreign trip is because he will be getting the T & S emergencies from the black bag only of more than $50000 on each trip. That means in a year he get non accountable cash of over $2m, what about hotels and his food and entertainment, from those trip stashed away. Then he also have access to see his flourishing business around the middle east and attend to meetings with his management teams at the expense of the state. He also get time to be around ministers and appear all is rose back home and ensure no planning is done on resolving mirraide of challenges that Zimbabwe faces. All the money that RGM has taken out of Zimbabwe since he became president is alarming. Every year Mugabe goes out on trips at lease 40 times thus not less than 3 trips a months. Thus $2 million in a year since 1980 in a month. Then in in 36 years thus over $72 million. Thus cash from the black bag only excluding his state expenses T &S. No wonder why Zimbabwe has no cash. This is none productive cash.