Most African leaders absent from Mugabe bash

ONLY six Heads of State attended President Robert Mugabe’s inauguration in Harare yesterday, out of the 40 that had been invited.

Report by Dumisani Sibanda,Assignments Editor

The sitting Heads of State who graced the occasion were Sadc Troika immediate past chairman Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, Armando Gubueza of Mozambique, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasongo of Equatorial Guinea, Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia and Rajkeswur Purryag of Mauritius.

South African President Jacob Zuma, who was the Sadc-appointed facilitator, did not attend. He was represented by his deputy Kgalema Motlante, while Zambian President Michael Sata sent his Vice-President Guy Scott.

Malawi President Joyce Banda, who assumed the Sadc chairmanship last week, sent her deputy Khumbo Kachali.

Swaziland was represented by its Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini. Former presidents of Botswana Festus Mogae and his predecessor Sir Ketumile Masire and those of Zambia Kenneth Kaunda, South Africa’s Thabo Mbeki and Namibia’s Sam Nujoma graced the occasion. Also in attendance were Tanzania’s former presidents Benjamin Mkapa and Ali Hassan Mwinyi.

President Mugabe said the invitations of guests, including Heads of State, had been left until late because there were issues to do with electoral petitions that had to be concluded first. He apologised for the short-notice invites and thanked those that had made it to the occasion saying it “attests to the deep affinities between you and ourselves”.

lMeanwhile, MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai boycotted Mugabe’s inauguration saying the big bash was meant to cover up the “grand electoral theft”.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyika said the former Prime Minister still maintained that the “election was stolen”.

“We are clear the election was stolen,” he said. “The massive show, the grandeur that accompanied the inauguration is a massive attempt to cover up the grand electoral theft. He (Tsvangirai) is spending the day with his family at home in Highlands. We are not aware of an official invitation for him to attend the event, but not that it would have made any difference because he would still not have attended.”

Tamborinyoka said it was ironic that some people who came to the helm of their countries when Mugabe was already president had left office and yesterday came to witness the Zimbabwean leader’s inauguration to an eighth term.

“The attendance of Mwinyi and Mkapa who became presidents when Mugabe was already in power is a subtle message to Mugabe that he should join them,” said Tamborinyoka.

52 Responses to Most African leaders absent from Mugabe bash

  1. pamberi nezanu pf August 23, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    pasi nemdc. we voted 5 times vakavata. mungatiitei? go and hang, vatengesi

    • onslo August 23, 2013 at 11:22 am #

      Munogona kungoti Pasi na chocho… Pamberi ne nhingi.

      You had the thief’s inauguration yesteday,…right?

      why not just move On and govern?

      Zvanetsa ka izvi?

    • onslo August 23, 2013 at 11:24 am #

      mucha dhota mukoma wangu

    • TUKAZI August 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

      VAKURU MUSADYA UTUNUNU MUCHISEVESA NEUPENZI

    • Dengu August 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

      Tichatonga kusvikira zvanaka

  2. Musona August 23, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    Open Letter to Mr Robert Mugabe.

    Zvino ndo chiyi ichocho nhai va Mugabe? Munhu ebve zera semikudayi mavekutungamira vadiki kuita zvisina hunhu. Kuma 1960s maiti imi “one-man-one-vote” asi iezvino mavekuti manikidza kuvhotera bato ratisingadi kuti murambe muchitonga mega. Ndiyo here “one-man-one-vote” iyoyo?
    Kutongwa nevachena kunenge kwaive nani nekuti isu vatema taikudzana zvino eyizvino hapasisina zvehunhu. Tirikuona vanhu vakuru vakaita semi muchiita kunge pwere zviito zvenyu. Munonyadzisa va Mugabe. Kuba ma elections kuti murambe muchi tonga mega. Zvino vana venyu muno vataurira muchiti takakunda here kana kuti takavatamba Western? Zvino imi vakuru kana muchiita sepwere, pwere dzinozodzorwa nani? Ndochi Kiristo here ichocho? Nyarai va Mugabe. Muri kuzoenda ku Gehena remoto nemaitoro enyu iwayo e chitsotsi.

    Tinyareiwo tapota

  3. BUNZVA August 23, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    Pasi nezanu pf pasi nevanoida pamwe nembwa dzavo, nemhuri dzavo

  4. Musona August 23, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    Dai ivo mai va Chatunga, Grace, vachidzora murume wavo kuti “Uh apa baba vemwana mavekuwanza” sezvinoita madzimai edu isu. Dai mudzimai wa Gaddafi aimudzora zvimwe angadai arimupenyu. Ndo basa remadzimai kudzora varume kana va farisa kuti, “Uh apa baba vemwana mawanza ko vadiki vanozodzorwa nani”. Kuenda ku Rome kunoona kugadzwa kwa Pope mowuya kuzoita zvekubirira ma elections ndo hypocrisy chaiyo. Hazvina nehunhu wese zvirikuitwa na va Mugabe kubirira ma elections vomira pamberi peruzhinji kunyepera nyika yese.

    • TUKAZI August 23, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

      HW CAN SHE CONTROL HIM SINCE SHE WAS CORRUPTED

  5. obama4eva August 23, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    Haa yaah Zimbabwe iyi. Vakati to shrink economy ne 45% zvishoma rega tichinyatsoipedzisa. SADC ndapererwa ka grouping aka is a disgrace to africa zvinonyadzisa izvi.

  6. TaTanga August 23, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    I think lets all get used to what is upon us! We are putting up with Mugabe at least for the next five years and this is the fact. We pray, we hope and we wish these zanu peopl will not take the economy back! However I doubt that myself though, hopwever I have no choice! History tells me they will not do much, their manifesto tells me the same message, that they will chase the last investo left in the economy by thier incomplete indeginous bill and health and age of the presedent confirms a similar message becoz i dont see much energy in a 90 year old man. but miracles do happen, the other time it was that famous miracle baby, then the miracle money, miracle votes would follow months later and who knows, we may have a miracle break through in the economy that will bring jobs, health and education to our belowved nation.God Bless our Country, God bless Republic of Zimbabwe.

  7. ATZ August 23, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    It is a shame to think u mr mugabe u are on record saying we don’t people impossing themselves on the electrotate no matter how rich u think u are. What about you mr mugabe. are you not impossing yourself on us because you know the truth. if you have a conscience you should have resigned the very day of the elections, you are a disgrace.

  8. Asylum August 23, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    Kupemberera umbavha, nxaa!!

  9. ogpj August 23, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    Vana Musona munongotaura musina mafacts Tsvangson withdrawal his application siting that his so called evidence was not submissible in court its hearsay not based on facts. Only fools like u still think MDC won coz u thought Hre is ZW shame on u

    • Musona August 23, 2013 at 11:04 am #

      @ogpj – Va Mugabe mainyatsoziva kuti ma results e election achafamba sei iyo election isati yaitwa – makange mataurira ne ma tsotsi enyu amunoti ma war veterans kuti basa tapedza tachisidzira nyika yese kuma misha. Zvine hunhu here involve. Mavekumira pamberi pevanhu kutaura ne zve colonialism imi vacho makafundiswa chikoro ne ma colonialists kwa Kutama. Handiti ma colonialists acho ndivo vakaunza nyaya ye fundo munyika yakanga isingazive nezve fundo. Iwo ma Western countries acho hapana chavarikutadza nekuti havana kuti varikuda kutonga – chavo varikungoti itai ma elections asina mhirizhonga – chiyi chakaipa ipapo? Imi va Mugabe semunhu abve zera ndimi mungadai muchiraira vadiki kuita zvinhu zvine hunhu asi ndimi murikuonekwa muchitungamira kutyora mutemo, kubirira.

    • Musona August 23, 2013 at 11:24 am #

      @ogpj – ma facts api aurikutaura? Ma elections akabiwa. Ma results akange atovekuzivikanwa months before the election. Hazvinei kuti nyaya ya Tsvangirai was not admissible in court – tese kana Mugabe wacho anozviziva kuti pakatambwa “Western” ne ZanuPF. The rsults of the elections were known to ZanuPF long before a vote was cast. Ko dai paitwa independent investigation not zvana Godfrey Chidyausiku ma sycophanta e ZanuPF masquerading as a Judge.

  10. TIZA August 23, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    Zanu did their homework, as we all know, there were 150 seats now there are 210 seats. Zanu created seats in all areas where there had won in 2008. Consolidate where you won and squeeze out your opponents.

  11. Musona August 23, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    Va Mugabe mainyatsoziva kuti ma results e election achafamba sei iyo election isati yaitwa – makange mataurira ne ma tsotsi enyu amunoti ma war veterans kuti basa tapedza tachisidzira nyika yese kuma misha. Zvine hunhu here involve. Mavekumira pamberi pevanhu kutaura ne zve colonialism imi vacho makafundiswa chikoro ne ma colonialists kwa Kutama. Handiti ma colonialists acho ndivo vakaunza nyaya ye fundo munyika yakanga isingazive nezve fundo. Iwo ma Western countries acho hapana chavarikutadza nekuti havana kuti varikuda kutonga – chavo varikungoti itai ma elections asina mhirizhonga – chiyi chakaipa ipapo? Imi va Mugabe semunhu abve zera ndimi mungadai muchiraira vadiki kuita zvinhu zvine hunhu asi ndimi murikuonekwa muchitungamira kutyora mutemo, kubirira.

  12. disgruntled August 23, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    Hapana apa.Kusa attender kusafarira kwete zvekuti last minute invitations izvo.Pasi nezpf nemafollowers acho nemhuri dzavo nembwa dzavo nezvipfuyo zvavo

  13. chiorooro August 23, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    takambokuudzai kuti muri kuti vanhu varikumanikidzwa kuenda kumisangano tikati ko vanhu ava vachifarira mugabe muchazoita sei.zvino munzunzo uya wouya kuti saka muchaita sei nekudyiwa kwamakaita.hamuone kuti kuparara kwebato here uko?ndichaunzvunza futi munzunzo uyu bato raparara.

  14. chiorooro August 23, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    anaTambarinyoka zvachachinja chinhu kuuya kwaTSvangison or not rega tione 5yrs kuti munge muchirimese zvezvamuri izvozvi here?kuparara kweMDC-T uku hamoune here?

  15. Mustafa Mheta August 23, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Rubbish Tamboyenyoka, why should he join them? You want him gone so that you and your imperialists handlers can take the country, ruin it, and deliver people back to slavery? That will not happen my brother, uri nyoka chaiyo.

    • Tozvireva August 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

      Only the most gullible will believe that the westerners are waiting at the border to recolonize this country. Not one in the west is interested in this run-down country. The new crop of colonialist at the so-called “Our Friends from the East” – the Chinese. Hokoyo nenhamo mwana wevhu!

  16. chinja August 23, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    The inaugural ceremony to me had a foreboding sense of a state funeral staged
    as a prolepsis . “Eat this chicken from Chicken Slice (my body) and drink this
    Cascade (my blood) .Do it in memory of me” . Sounds like carefully
    choreographed Biblical allusion .Farewell gathering . Like Jesus before his disciples
    when he was about to be crucified . Pathetic overtones and innuendos.

  17. kabila August 23, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    nhai vamugabe kundidanira kuti muzoinspector mauto enyu murimumota here makura chiregai

  18. kabila August 23, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    siyanai namusona be concerned wth the future of yo country

  19. zanu yaora August 23, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    zanu yakandirwadzisa kubiridzira zviripachena kudaro,president wacho kana kumbonyara.tangomirira kutonga kwaMwari.

  20. stuart baxter August 23, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    you musona stop politics be serious wth soccer

  21. zvichapera chete August 23, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    ngavadyee vanyerere kwete kuti pururudzisa kudya kwavo isu tichiwedzera kutambura xnaa getway

  22. psychoanalyst August 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    ve indegenisation kwahi chitizirayi munoita izvozvo kudondo vakomana mwaka wezhizha waturuka huye tawindi yodawo mukana wekufema mweya wakachena. chekachekayi maminda mupanane ikweyo hapana anokubvunzayi asi endayi kusango right away musadzoka nekuti cities cannot be indegenised weee. nazvino hamuzvizive?

  23. psychoanalyst August 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    musakoshiwa dimuro ne mbezo !!

  24. Musona August 23, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    From a moral point of view Mugabe is bringing the office of the president into disrepute by his wayward behaviour. He is at the forefront of cheating and intimidation of rural folk. He stands in front of the world press to lie when he knows that the elections was not free or fair. At his age he should be the one admonishing young wrongdoers not being at the forefront of breaking the law. What is wrong with Western countries calling for free and fair elections? He knows his so-called war veterans have been terrorising rural folk but he pretends the voting was free and fair. The man is an absolute disgrace.

  25. Hezvoko August 23, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    Ma Zanu aipembera humbavha hwavo hwavakatiratidza musi wa31 July. Kutoita mabiko ivo vanhu vasinganyare, vachigadza mbavha yavo hombe Mugabe. Zvino tinoda kuona kuti iyo club yembavha idzi(zanu) inosvika kupi nokuti one way or the other we will bring you down. Imbobai zvenyu takaringa, pondai vanhu tirikuzviona asi rimwe zuva gava richadimura musungo.

    Hezvo uko!!!

  26. rmunemo August 23, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    6 out of an expected 40 , poor attendance . even the mediator wasnot there

  27. Gunman Mumunda August 23, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Tsvangirai like many other common citizens were not at the NSS .so its not an issue at all . Zanu pf would not loose sleep over that. After all the stadium only carries 60 000 people saka hataikwana tese nyangwe dai taida kuenda .Chero MP wake Chinotimba akaenda ndiye anomumiririraka nhai .Iye aigoenda achimiririra ani iye achitomiririrwawo ?.

  28. jesus is coming August 23, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    madii matsvaga jesu achawanikwa kutukana moregedza nekuti mukatukana hazvibetsere masunctions haambobvi uye mukushoresa nyika yenyu.kutambura kukauya tese totambura whether MDC OR ZANU PF.Mwari wacharamba wanyerere kusvikira makuziwa kuti everything comes from god.hanzi natenzi zvinofadza sei kana vana wangu wachiwirirana nemaropafadzo ndoaisa munyika yawo.

  29. gore dema August 23, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    Iwe Tamborinyoka… ehe uriraiti kuti he should be joining vana Mwinyi and Mukapa, but not giving nyika yedu yatakafira kudera rakaita sa Tsvangirai!! Pamwe dai wanga uri iwe zvako kana ka Chamisa zvimwe taitoti half a loaf is better than nothing!¨… Iwe hauone here kupusa kwakaita boss vako?.. you should be his boss mhani… unongowawata. Isu takutarisa mberi… i hope u guys will not keep that ‘closed mind, open zip’ Morgan Boycott Withdraw Tsvangirai at the helm of your party otherwise hamulume… food for thought!!

  30. scott August 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    2018
    Nikuv 1: Oh no!
    Nikuv 2: what the shit now?
    Nikuv 1: Remember the Dark Continent job? The Rhodesian voters roll e eh ZIMBA… something?
    Nikuv 2: yeah yeah the old hip what now? 61 percent?
    Nikuv 1: placed an order wants 95 percent this time around.
    Nikuv 2: waal! Can do. Why not? those fools believe anything.

    • chinja August 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

      Excellent discourse , scott .

  31. King Tubby August 23, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    @ogpj. Zvinonzi citing, kwete siting, hatisi kuvaka. Evidence inenge ichinzi ngaive admissible, kwete submissible…inzwai Youth Officer, vote buying, disenfranchisement, hate speech, partisan army and police, etc. These are facts kwete hearsay. Mugabe “apologised for the short-notice invites”. Short notice my foot! Progressive leaders didnt want to soil their integrity. Msholozi would have been the first to arrive following the “profound congratulations.” This too was lost on you. Critical analysis was never part of the Border Gezi curriculum was it?

  32. lecturer August 23, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    @ goredema
    if you accept mr tamborinyoka’s strong arguement on what the united Tanzania delegation came here to show you, have you other than reject (on false premise) mr tsvangirayi, thought about why the revolutionary party lead cast has not undergone change in form and style? the events at that level are intended as a display of quality of our culture yet one came away with this feeling of a lowering of standards comparable to the bar musician’s cast in front of state guests. it is vital that that genuine respect be accorded to the great leadership other than mhururu nemuridzo. huuuuwiiii !

  33. Kungeke August 23, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    TANZANIA DELEGATION!!!! kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  34. Dieu Et Mon Droit August 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    No use crying over spilled milk. Let us now put maximum pressure to see that promises are fulfilled. No sanctions excuses this time because promises were made knowing fully well that the removal of sanctions was never guaranteed.Good luck to civil servants. At last the bus termini will be free from noisy touts for all will be busy in industry manufacturing goods for export so that we can get back to our beloved Zimkwacha!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. jongwe mupoto August 23, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    he wants to rule until that chatunga boy can succeed him pamberi nekutambura

  36. fjm August 23, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    zvinopedza simba wena. I’m now 40 and I just wonder what I wil say to my children wen they ask abt our diamonds gold platinum esp diamonds. really I dnt knw

  37. Tigeremhandu August 23, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    Whatever keep on barking but the bottom line is that he is now the president of the republic of zimbabwe full stop

  38. the patriot August 23, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    we have celebrated the sadc meeting saying congradulations to zimbabwe, yet ey do not attend the ceremony vana veZimbabwe lets jus wait and see wat mugabe has in “store” 4 us!!!!!!

  39. psychoanalyst August 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    asi hey !!

  40. scott August 23, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    Gun crimes are severely punished in Zim to discourage any coups or ideas. Brilliant ideas and solutions are plagiarised from university thessises. Armed forces recruitment is strictly from desolate rural families who are drilled to be perpetually greatful and fed a diet of hatred that anything urban is unpatriotic and that all townsfolk are sellouts. Brute force is reserved for those who fall out of line and adminstered promptly without restraint. For the obidient, a couple of grains will be tossed your way to mortgage you for 5 misely seasons until your fearful vote is again harvested. Its a vicious circle that ends with foreigners collecting payments in carats for defecating on your voters roll thats rigging.

    • Nyika Ndeyedu August 24, 2013 at 1:24 am #

      @Scott

      No, Scott that’s your opinion

  41. senator August 24, 2013 at 5:02 am #

    Mugabe hautombonyari zvako zimbavha

  42. Alex August 24, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    Thats a good one votozvipembedza kuti takawhina,pasi rese richiziva kuti maelections akabiwa,chokwa vaiuya kuzoona zvehumbavha izvozvi,vaMugabe zivai kuti murikutonga vanhu vasingadi,zvino democracy yacho iripapi kana muchida kutonga mega?

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