Zim not a member, but Mugabe off to G-20

via Zim not a member, but Mugabe off to G-20 – NewZimbabwe 13/11/2015

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe left Harare Friday to attend the G20 meeting of major world economies in Turkey.

Zimbabwe, with its economy in a shambles, is not a member of the grouping but that did not deter the country’s 91-year-old leader who stumbled and nearly fell during a recent visit to India.

The opportunity to hob-nob with world leaders including critics such as Barack Obama of the United States who maintains sanctions against Zimbabwe might have compelled Harare’s strongman.

Turkey said it expects Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande and Chinese President Xi Jinping, to attend the summit along with many other leaders around the world.

Mugabe has attracted criticism from the opposition for wasting millions of dollars travelling the world with little realised by way of benefits to a failed economy where unemployment is more than 80 percent.

The G-20 brings together the governments of 19 major economies and the European Union. South Africa is the continent’s sole representative on the international forum.

The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States along with the European Union.

The group meets annually with Turkey taking over the presidency from Australia, hosts of the summit last year.

Mugabe is presently chairman of the African Union.

The state-owned Herald reported that he was attending the summit at the invitation of Turkey.

The Zanu PF leader was recently in Tanzania for the inauguration of the country’s new president and, before that, had also been to India where he was filmed struggling to stay on his feet.

Other non-members invited by Turkey to the G-20 summit include Spain, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Senegal and Singapore.

Organisers said global economies, the worst migrant crisis since World War II and climate change are some of the issues expected to dominate the talks at the summit.

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    “The state-owned Herald reported that he was attending the summit at the invitation of Turkey.” kkkkkkkk

    Invited to go do what? Just to trouble people who will have to pick him up time and again after falling down?

    I’m if The Herald is for once truthful about Turkey invitation, which all & sundry doubt very much, they it could only have been for one and only reason. Which is: These have been very unfortunate to missing most or all of the old man’s falling episodes, and now they have just decided to make sure that they wont miss the next one as it will surely happen at they door step.

    Otherwise, we all know how interesting to any child to watch the old grandpa falling – and even better still watching other equally old fellow, not related to you, falling. With a relative the funny is bound to be short-live after all, as you will be the one to clean all the mess on the floor. With a stranger the more the fun.

    Watch this space, the Turkish are going to have fun as the old man stumbles all over. kkkkkkkkkk

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    Tinomunamataishe 5 years ago

    Mugabe will unashamedly sit through the summit whilst other leaders talk economy whilst he has no economy to talk about.

    He has this sense of self importance that he thinks he is so important attending this summit and yet fail to understand the significance of the conference itself.

    I hope they do not give him a chance to talk because all he will do is to spew vitriol. At least he will have another chance to sleep and then when he comes back home he will claim thousands of dollars in allowances.

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    This clown has destroyed the ecomomy and does not even have a currency yet attends a g20 meeting.

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    There was a VERY URGENT need for Disgrace and assorted hangers-on to go on a shopping trip.

    LOL – What an idiot! I bet all the real leaders thought, “What the hell is this buffoon who looks like Pappa Doc Duvalier doing here?”

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    ndadonha 5 years ago

    To all the Turkish Residents plz do us a favour and offer our grandfather a hand when he bites the floor..thanx in advance..