Mugabe back in Zimbabwe

2012-01-09 19:31

Harare - Africa's longest-ruling leader, Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema, arrived in Harare on Monday for a previously unannounced state visit, state media said.

"President Teodoro Obiang Nguema arrived in the country at around 11:30 this morning (09:30 GMT). He was met by the acting minister of foreign affairs Nicholas Goche," state radio said.

Obiang's visit was kept under wraps until the last minute, and independent media were not informed of the trip.

"Comrade Nguema" will meet with President Robert Mugabe later on Monday, the radio said.

Obiang took power in Equatorial Guinea in a 1979 coup, while Mugabe is Africa's third-longest-serving leader, having ruled Zimbabwe since 1980.

The two countries strengthened ties in 2004, when Zimbabwean police arrested British mercenary Simon Mann and 69 others who were apparently en route to join a coup attempt against Obiang's government in the west African country.

Zimbabwe extradited Mann to Equatorial Guinea in 2007. He was sentenced to 34 years in prison but was pardoned in 2009.

Since 2004, Obiang has visited Harare and invited Zimbabwean business leaders to visit the capital Malabo.

The visits have generated talk of an oil deal between struggling Zimbabwe and petroleum-rich Equatorial Guinea, but none has been signed yet.

Mugabe himself arrived home on Monday after a vacation in Asia.

He had missed the weekend celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the ANC, despite the party earlier saying that he would attend.

After Obiang landed, his heavily guarded entourage went to a local hotel.

The visit follows Obiang's trip to Angola in November, when he met with President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who assumed office just weeks after Obiang, in September 1979.

  • Comrade - 2012-01-09 19:43

    HE'S BACK - FROM WHERE.....HELL ? What a pity his jet didnt crash in a ball of flames!!!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-09 20:37

      He was in the Far East on holiday - went to count his Billions. Why do these people allow him entry? His track record is worse than Ahmadinejad's. Boycott and isolate the murderer.

  • Frik - 2012-01-09 19:49

    Or a heart attack the dog

  • Robert - 2012-01-09 19:53

    Holiday my ASS

  • Barry - 2012-01-09 19:59

    African heroes never die. Mugabe is an African hero. This is a fact. Not that I am happy about it.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-09 20:38

      Eke out a living

      Barry - 2012-01-10 08:05

      He is hero to the whole of Africa. I understand he is unpopular in Zimbabwe but still believe he is regarded a hero in his own country for the countries liberation. Again not that I am happy about it.

  • Celtis - 2012-01-09 20:00

    Bobs aircraft are seized in SA due to bad debt so he dare not fly to SA. And his holiday was probably a blood transfusion. He also probably has more donor organs than a music charity shop. I don’t think he will see 2013.

      WimpieN - 2012-01-09 20:15

      To Bob: I sincerely wish you had a great "holiday". I wish that during your stay every nook and cranny was "explored" and that after a thorough "probe" of your "itinerary" you came back refilled and rejuvenated and that even the "back alleys" were not left unexplored! May your cup runneth over with the ointment of the proctologist for 2012! Best regards, your "biggest" fan

      harley1 - 2012-01-09 20:36

      i hope so !!

  • Jennifer - 2012-01-09 20:12

    Apparently it is illegal to have a prayer gathering in Zimbabwe unless you confirm that Bob is The Son of God. Careful now Robert, the last one to say that sort of thing was Muammar who, as it turns out wasn't the King of Kings after all...

  • Frank - 2012-01-09 20:41

    The centenary celebrations of last weekend will be dwarfed by the worldwide party when Bob falls off his twig. Not long now watch this space

  • Traygon - 2012-01-09 21:37

    They should have changed the locks before he came back... next time.

  • Tichatonga - 2012-01-10 00:37

    Robert Mugabe is the ultimate warrios, he defeated officially born and bred racists and they will mourn ad nausea for that. All racists can do is demonise caricature, but, they remain firmly defeated by the undefeated almighty Bob. This is a simple uncontestable fact, more imbecilic racist waffle is most welcome to me!

      Irene - 2012-01-10 00:51

      Go and see a shrink. You obviously need it and at least he/she will be willing to listen because they're being paid. I use my brain, therefore we have nothing in common.

  • pottie - 2012-01-10 07:42

    I think he should go bunjee jumping at the falls

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