Zimbabwe

OFF AGAIN: Mugabe is in Swaziland

2017-03-18 19:30
Robert Mugabe (File: AP)

Robert Mugabe (File: AP)

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Harare - Zimbabwe's ageing president Robert Mugabe is in Swaziland for a SADC summit - which means his spokesperson can't answer awkward questions about the first lady, a newspaper has reported.

Fresh from trips to Singapore and Ghana already this month, Mugabe, 93, is attending a SADC extraordinary heads of state and government summit, the state Herald and ZBC broadcaster reported .

There was outrage when it was revealed that the cash-strapped authorities had had to charter a plane from Bahrain for the longtime president to travel to see his doctors in Singapore and then attend independence anniversary celebrations in Ghana. It's not clear if this is the plane that Mugabe has travelled on to attend the Swaziland summit, where food security will be one of the items on the agenda.

Mugabe's spokesperson George Charamba has travelled with him and could not be reached for comment on allegations First Lady Grace Mugabe had renewed a bid to oust some villagers from land she acquired in Mazowe, central Zimbabwe, the privately-owned Newsday reported.

Said Newsday: "Mashonaland Central provincial minister Martin Dinha indicated he wanted to check details with Lands minister Douglas Mombeshora, while Presidential spokesperson George Charamba could not comment as he was travelling with the President in Ezulwini, Swaziland, for a SADC engagement."

Villager Leonard Mukaro told the paper that officials from Zimbabwe's lands ministry told them to leave because the Mugabes "had acquired the place for their business expansion".

The first family have a dairy, an orphanage and a school in Mazowe and there are also plans for a university.

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