Countries President Robert Mugabe has traveled to in the last 30 days and why
President Robert Mugabe began his annual leave on Tuesday 20 December 2016 with Presidential spokesperson, George Charamba confirming to The Herald that the holiday will be spent outside the country.
Although Charamba did not reveal where Mugabe was going, NewZimbabwe reported that Mugabe was off to Singapore based on information from online flight trackers. In January 2017, NewZimbabwe reported that Mugabe had left Singapore for China after then acting President, Emmerson Mnangagwa confirmed after he struggled to reach Mugabe over the hero status of former Mashonaland West provincial governor Peter Chanesta. According to reports in State owned media, Mugabe was in China to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping who according to ZBC News pledged to “continue to support Zimbabwe in safeguarding its sovereignty, security and development benefits, and support the people of Zimbabwe in choosing their own development path.”
Mugabe then left China for Singapore again with Mnangagwa confirming that he (Mugabe) had left China for Singapore and he had ordered him to tell Peter Chanetsa’s relatives that he was in agreement about Chanetsa’s hero status. The next country Mugabe was reported to be in was Mali where he was attending the 27th Africa-France Summit which was scheduled for Saturday 14 January at the Bamako International Conference Centre. After the summit in Mali it is not clear where Mugabe went to but sources told NewsDay that Mugabe would proceed to his favourite West African destination, Equatorial Guinea after the Mali summit. The sources also said that the president would be taken to Dubai and was likely to travel to Singapore again and China. President Mugabe is currently in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he is attending the 28th Summit which began on January 22 and is expected to end on 31 January. However according to unconfirmed reports, Mugabe is expected to arrive tomorrow as work on Borrowdale road began today.
Earlier reports had estimated Mugabe would use around $6 million for his month long leave, however the figure might be an underestimate given the number of confirmed trips he made. The Zimbabwe Independent reported that Mugabe spent US$36 million on foreign and domestic travel in the first 10 months of 2016.
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