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US-Africa summit: Why Mugabe was snubbed

2014-01-27 15:00
President Robert Mugabe. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

President Robert Mugabe. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

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Police in Zimbabwe have taken the unusual step of summoning the country’s information minister for questioning in the case of a state newspaper editor charged with subversion.

Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was excluded from a high-profile US-Africa summit set to be convened by President Barack Obama in August because he is currently a "Specially Designated National" (SDN), a US official has reportedly said.

A Specially Designated Nationals List is a publication of Office of Foreign Assets Control (Ofac) which lists individuals and organisations with whom US citizens and permanent residents are prohibited from doing business.

According to The Standard, the acting US embassy in Zimbabwe spokesperson Jillian Bonnardeaux said Mugabe was also subject to US sanctions for “undermining democratic processes and institutions in Zimbabwe”.

The White House announced last week that Obama will invite 47 leaders to the landmark US-Africa summit, seeking to widen US trade, development and security ties with an increasingly dynamic continent to which he traces part of his ancestry.

'The World is bigger than the US'

The Zimbabwean government has however rubbished the move, with the president’s spokesperson George Charamba saying they are not bothered by the move.

Charamba said it would have been cynical for an American president “presiding over runners of sanctions against Zimbabwe to invite its president for dinner”.

Charamba said Obama’s decision was an indication that the summit was not about the US and Africa, but about the US and certain African countries.

He said it was important to note that the world was bigger that the US and therefore Zimbabwe was “not bothered”.

- News24

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