'Globetrotting' Mugabe 'should not try to be another Christopher Columbus'

2017-06-07 08:00
Robert Mugabe (File: AFP)

Robert Mugabe (File: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Harare - President Robert Mugabe should devote his energies to fixing cash-strapped Zimbabwe and stop trying to be another Christopher Columbus, a leading Zimbabwe daily has said.

In its lead editorial, Newsday said Mugabe had taken up to 53 delegates with him this week to attend a UN summit on oceans in New York - even though Zimbabwe is landlocked.

If Zimbabwe was "desperate" to attend this summit, Mugabe should have sent Zimbabwe's ambassador to the United Nations or the minister responsible for climate, the paper added.

Tens of thousands of dollars

Said Newsday: "By skipping this trip or sending someone junior, Mugabe would have saved this country tens of thousands of dollars."

Mugabe, 93, is reported to have made at least 20 foreign trips in 2016 - and already this year he's spent more time out of the country than in it. Last week he was in Cancun Mexico for a summit on disaster risk management.

Meantime ordinary Zimbabweans spend hours queuing to withdraw small amounts of cash from their banks, sometimes returning to queue for several days so they can empty their accounts each month.

'$1 000 a day allowance'

Reuters news agency reported last week that reporters from state media who accompany the head of state on these trips get a $1 000 per-day allowance. Many Zimbabweans are paid less than $500 per month.

On Monday Mugabe used his speech in New York to blast "illegal sanctions", according to Zimbabwe's state-owned Herald.

He also said - in a possible nod to the criticism of his decision to make the trip - that oceans and seas were "a vital resource to all of us irrespective of our geographical location on this planet".

Bleeding the economy

Said Newsday: "We hope that Mugabe and his government introspect and realise that these trips are bleeding the economy and the money used on these jaunts can be put to better use in hospitals, schools and other social services."

Explorer Christopher Columbus made four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean in the late 1400s and the beginning of the next century.

Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/World
 

Makeover saves dog’s life

Lucky Charlie got a complete make-over that helped him get adopted.

 
 

Paws

For the love of Corgis!
Can we communicate with our pets?
8 great natural remedies for your pet
Buying a puppy? Don’t get scammed!
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
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.