Why have whole Mugabe family in tow on foreign trips?

President Robert Mugabe’s government has always been at pains to explain to Zimbabweans the value of his numerous and unending foreign trips.

Source: Why have whole Mugabe family in tow on foreign trips? – NewsDay Zimbabwe October 11, 2016

Comment: NewsDay Editor

Anyone who questions the President’s trips is always put down as a foreign policy ignoramus, despite there being nothing tangible to show for Mugabe’s jaunts.

While foreign policy may be a complicated subject, flying above the heads of laypeople, we feel the government owes Zimbabweans an explanation on why the First Family – Mugabe’s children and lately his grandson — are also part of the delegations for these trips and what benefits this brings to the country.

A few years back, pictures of Bona Mugabe-Chikore emerged where she was part of Mugabe’s delegation to Japan, yet the government was not forthcoming with explanations on what role she was playing there.

Mugabe’s last son, Bellarmine, was recently part of the President’s delegation to the Americas and we are not holding our breaths waiting for an explanation on what he was doing and why he was part of the delegation.

Then shockingly, this weekend, a video emerged of Bona and her son being introduced to the Malaysian Prime Minister’s wife, where we are made to believe Mugabe had gone on a State visit.

Just what role were the mother and son team playing in Malaysia and did they really need to be part of the President’s delegation?

It is trite to mention that Mugabe travelled on public funds, meaning Bona also benefited from taxpayers’ money, yet her foreign policy role is as clear as mud.

To add to the callousness, First Lady Grace Mugabe and Bona did not mind being filmed, as if to illustrate that they really do not care how that video was to be received back home.

We have had issues with Mugabe’s travels and there is little to show for them so far, but to contend with his children and grandchild also being part of official delegations is a bridge too far.

Zimbabweans deserve answers on why Bona and her child were in Malaysia and who is funding them for such trips.
If she were travelling on her own – not as part of an official delegation – then we would not ask questions, as she is entitled to go wherever she wants, whenever she wants.

But when she and her brother start featuring in official delegations, then the demand for answers is not misplaced.
Foreign policy is a national issue and not a family one and no one can take Zimbabwe seriously when the President drags his whole family on such important trips.

COMMENTS

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    Ndonga 6 years ago

    Why all the confusion as to Mugabe’s motive in taking his many relatives and praise singing cohorts on his frequent foreign trips at our expense?

    He is doing it openly, and in our face, simply because he can.

    He is doing it so openly and brazenly so as to remind all of us Zimbabweans that we are too cowardly to call him to account.

    And he has been doing it from when he first came to Zimbabwe’s throne in 1980.

    And we are the very ones that made him King.

    And he, and his successors, will do it for ever, if we the people of Zimbabwe are too cowardly to stop them in their tracks.

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    njalo 6 years ago

    Hats Off!! to Ndonga for his statement.

    Those who are likely to be in Zimbabwe when change begins MUST HAVE A RECORD OF THESE EVENTS SO THAT THE MEMBERS OF THE ENTOURAGES ARE MADE TO PAY BACK THE MONIES, PLUS INTEREST, TO THE STATE OF ZIMBABWE.

    A good case for study and example is ROMANIA. REMEMBER THE EXCESSES OF THOSE WHO ONCE RULED THERE ?

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    Tshindi 6 years ago

    They must go along. Who would protect them if there was a coup while the sonambulent was abroad?

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    Nyoni 6 years ago

    They got to make sure he does not forget his toilet paper when he wipes his brow.