Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe foreign minister stranded in Mali

2012-03-24 16:59

Special Report

Adopt SA rand: Tsvangirai tells Mugabe
Adopt SA rand: Tsvangirai tells Mugabe

Zimbabwean opposition MDC party leader Morgan Tsvangirai has called on President Robert Mugabe's administration to adopt the SA rand as its major trading currency amid cash shortages in the southern African country.

Harare - Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and two other government officials are stranded in Mali because of the coup in the west African country, the government spokesperson said on Saturday.

"I can confirm the minister and two officials from his ministry are in Mali," George Charamba told AFP. "He has touched base and indicated that they are safe. He is in a hotel which cannot be named for security reasons."

Charamba said Mumbengegwi was in Mali to attend an African Union meeting on peace and security in the Sahel region and could not leave Bamako as the country's borders were sealed and airports closed following the coup.

He said Mumbengegwi was in the same hotel with other foreign ministers whom he could not identify.

Kenyan Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula was also stranded by the coup, his government said on Thursday.

Coup leaders in Mali on Thursday ordered all borders closed after taking over key buildings in Bamako and ousting President Amadou Toumani Toure, sparking international concern and condemnation.

"The situation is expected to become normal in the coming days and we expect Minister Mumbengegwi to arrive back home early next week," the state-owned Herald newspaper quoted Charamba as saying.

Read more on:    moses wetangula  |  amadou toumani toure  |  simbarashe mumbengegwi  |  zimbabwe  |  mali  |  west africa  |  coup

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
X

SHARE:

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.