Mugabe criticised for attending UN conference on oceans and seas
Opposition parties have criticised President Mugabe for going to New York to attend a summit on oceans since Zimbabwe is landlocked. The opposition decried the cost of the trip as the president travelled with a delegation of at least 50 people, saying that the money could have been better used considering the problems that the country is facing.
MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu said:
He has totally lost the plot and closed his heart to the country and people. Zimbabwe needs to be liberated from this dictator. The only solution available to Zimbabweans is an irreversible removal of Mugabe from power. Even those in Zanu PF need to be liberated from the yoke of their leader’s tyranny,” he said. “We know it is about the per diems for Mugabe’s staffers and the looting continues.Feedback
While National People’s Party spokesperson, Gift Nyandoro added:
This reflects Zanu PF’s skewed priorities and the continued misuse of our country’s resources given that our country is landlocked. Surely, of what substance and contribution can Zimbabwe make to an oceans summit when the government is failing to address basic needs of the people? The country’s infrastructure is a crying shame, our people are sleeping in bank queues and our health delivery system is dead. Clearly, this visit is another of Mugabe’s ploys to loot the national purse.
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People’s Democratic Party (PDP) spokesperson, Jacob Mafume also said:
Unless we want to annex a neighbouring country and administer its oceans, then what are we doing there. Maybe, Mugabe got confused when he officially opened Tokwe Mukosi Dam. He probably thought that Zimbabwe had built an ocean against the wishes of the imperialists.
Scarce foreign currency is being used on these trips to the detriment of the nation has not benefitted the nation nor will it benefit the nation. The fascination with meetings and conferences is of infantile proportions.
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