Obama excludes Mugabe from AU meeting

via Obama excludes Mugabe from AU meeting – NewsDay Zimbabwe July 28, 2015 by Moses Matenga

AFRICAN Union (AU) and Sadc chairman President Robert Mugabe will not be among several African leaders scheduled to meet visiting United States President Barack Obama at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,on Tuesday, his spokesperson George Charamba has said.

Charamba said Mugabe was unmoved by Obama’s visit to the AU headquarters, describing the event as just “a visit by any other visitor”.

“The chairman does not run the AU centre. Obama has come to Ethiopia for an official visit and to address the staff there.

There are many dignitaries who come to the AU headquarters and you can imagine if all come wanting the President’s input,” Charamba said.

“It’s the Head of State of another country. If you are afraid of him, we are not because he is just a Head of State who visits Africa and the AU headquarters by virtue of his ancestry. Madam (Nkosazana) Dhlamini-Zuma (AU Commission chairperson) is big enough to receive him.”

Charamba said when it was said Obama would address the 54-member bloc, Zimbabwe did not represent his audience.

Obama will today address the AU bloc on several issues affecting Africa.

“AU is not an organ run by Zimbabwe. It does not belong to Zimbabwe. If you want to know who is attending, call the AU offices,” he said.

He said Mugabe and other AU leaders would only receive the report of his visit in January at the AU summit.

“There will be a report on the summit in January where we will get a briefing on the visitor who is called Barack Obama ‘who we received and went back home happy’. . . He did not come to visit Mugabe. He went to Ethiopia and asked to visit the HQ. I did not see you writing that Mugabe snubs Obama when he went for the Ebola summit (in New York),” Charamba said.

Political analyst Charles Mangongera said the strained relations between Harare and Washington could have influenced the absence of Mugabe as AU chairman to meet Obama in Ethiopia.

“Obviously the nature of the diplomatic relations between Harare and Washington is such that Obama has carefully avoided Mugabe. If relations between the two were cordial, he could have conferred with the AU chairman but remember, they have a position on Zimbabwe that could have influenced his behaviour,” Mangongera said.


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    “….I did not see you writing that Mugabe snubs Obama when he went for the Ebola summit (in New York),” Charamba said.

    Kkkkkkk. The ever childish & clowning Charamba doesn’t even realize how idiotic such a statement or claim would have been. Actually for Mugabe to snub Obama is worse than a hungry & tired pedestrian snubbing a speeding motorist who has potential to give the poor fellow the food and/or lift that he needs most. How stupid!

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    The Mind Boggles 7 years ago

    Charamba said Mugabe was unmoved by Obama’s visit to the AU headquarters, describing the event as just “a visit by any other visitor”.

    I can’t type I find this so amusing “a visit by any other visitor” F&%k me gently with a length of hose pipe have you ever heard anything so childish??? Not even in my days of playing and fighting over marbles and a SunJam sandwhich did we come across such stupidity!!!!

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    Mugabe knew that what leader of one the world best democracies would say won’t be palatable to him.

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    The worst president ever in the USA snubs the worst president ever in Africa. Shouldn’t even make the news!!
    As for The Mind Boggles we do need you filthy comments…disgusting!

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    Rwendo 7 years ago

    Hey Charamba, last time it was that dumb comment about Itai. Now this. Get your act together please, before the ruining party is forced to recall Jonathan back as spin doctor – God forbid!

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    Obama gave Zimbabwe a wide birth. He doesn’t need to associate with a President who can’t step down and give someone else a chance. The stealing and corruption of the elite in Zimbabwe and Mugabes failed policies. In America Mugabe would be in Prison with the alleged crimes he has committed. Some AU president. At least O bama has some moral compass.

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    tanda 7 years ago

    ndezvake izvo Obama,why a president like MUGABE sit down and listern to gay talking.that meeting is for gays only kkkkkkkkkkk.GUSHUNGO woyeeeee

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    Gandanga 7 years ago

    Charamba is a vacuum headed nincompoop. At least Jonathan Moyo had marble sized brains, Charamba has none. How can Mugabe who is always zig-zagging the world with a begging bowel in his hand afford to snub anyone. Where did the Zim dollar go?. What currency is a legal tender in Zimbabwe. If Charamba can answer those 2 questions, maybe and l repeat maybe, brains will grow in his gas filled big head.

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    Yes, I wondered what would happen when Obama addressed the AU. I had a feeling he would talk about those dreaded subjects, democracy, rule of law, clinging to power, corruption and tolerance of gays. All nightmare subjects for many members of the Dictators Club.

    Expect either total silence or a frothfest from Zanooo. I think this is really funny and I am sure The Bhobho is chewing bricks

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    pastor 7 years ago

    People who dont like Mugabe are scared to meet him. And people who like him get nervous when they meet him,because he might decide that he does not like you and then ……

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      zimusa 7 years ago

      Mugabe is absolutely useless. He should die soon. He has totally overstayed his welcome internationally and in his own country. Sad sad man. pathetic Charamba. History will judge you idiots.

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    Yes they get scared when they see a murder,thief and despot. His overstay is not welcome. He has ruined our beloved country.