Mugabe, ED return

FORMER President Robert Mugabe limped home to the humiliation of being consigned to watching his successor President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s reception party wait to receive him complete with a spread out red-carpet.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Mugabe, according to eye witnesses, quietly slipped out of the country’s biggest airport named after him only last year, weeks before he was forced out of power following a military intervention. The former Zanu PF leader arrived around 7:45am just about an hour before Mnangagwa landed to an executive welcome that Mugabe monopolised for the greater part of four unbroken decades.

“It was sad to watch him arrive silently accompanied by his wife (former First Lady Grace). Preparations were already underway to receive the President (Mnangagwa). He (Mugabe) was consigned to the periphery of the runway and made his way out without a word.

“He just watched as security details and other officials ran around preparing for HE (Mnangagwa)’s arrival,” an eyewitness said. “His travelling party was made up of about 20 people including his security.”

On the other hand, Mnangagwa seems to have trimmed the size of his entourage as part of his campaign to cut unnecessary State expenditure, although reports indicate he continues to charter private foreign jets for his trips.

“He does not have a large delegation. It’s around 20 officials, including his security. The only ministers with him are (Industry and Commerce) Mike Bimha and (Foreign Affairs) Sibusiso Moyo,” NewsDay heard.

However, other members of Mnangagwa’s delegation on various foreign trips have travelled on separate planes reportedly because he has been hiring a “small aircraft”.

Acting Information minister Simon Khaya Moyo confirmed Mnangagwa was due home yesterday, but claimed he was in the dark as regards Mugabe.

“I am in Plumtree campaigning. I was aware that the President was due to arrive today, but I am not sure of the time,” Khaya Moyo said.

Mnangagwa was returning from an African Union summit in Mauritania, while Mugabe has been in the Far East for about three weeks for scheduled medical check-ups.

Regarding Mugabe, Khaya Moyo said: “I don’t know. Check with (George) Charamba (Mnangagwa’s spokesperson.”

Charamba for decades also served as Mugabe’s spokesperson, but Zimbabwe’s first democratically-elected leader seems to have been cut off from the establishment since his removal. The presidential spokesperson was not available for comment with his mobile going unanswered.

Mugabe fired Mnangagwa as Vice-President on November 6 last year as tensions in Zanu PF threatened to engulf the country during a brutal power struggle that could have exploded into civil strife.

Mnangagwa escaped into exile, but returned to take charge of the ruling Zanu PF party and government two weeks later following the military intervention that scattered Mugabe’s supporters turning Zimbabwean politics on its head.

18 Comments

  1. Sorry Bob you had your time and now its someone else’s time that’s how life is and you will need to accept that grudgingly though.

  2. Newewo Chidza…all the while I regarded you as a journo of high esteem. You stoop so low to report such a story. Mugabe’s arrival and departure has no relevance at all in terms of news, and neither are the preparations for ED’s arrival. Give us the substance, not the colour piece that has no news at all…

    1. Isu tanakigwa nenyaya yacho isu. Kana wabhoekana, rutsa

    2. true..not newsworthy at all

  3. Hondo Zvenyika

    U still remain an icon in Zimbabwe. But now we have another icon cde ED. Time yako yakapfura tane vamwe vakuru

  4. bheveni sibanda

    ichokwadi kuti ushe madzoro nguva inouya ichidarika chokwadi, vaMnangagwa ndivo vave pachigaro this time saka yavewo nguva yavo

  5. Very soon he will be back on top as soon as Chamisa wins, as Bulawayo 24 analysed one day, Mugabe is not a full to vote for Chamisa. Once Dr amai finds her way to the presidium of Chamisa’s gvt, then Mdara vanenge votonga behind the scenes. Tiriparwendo, not yet Uhuru

  6. Give us facts not conjecture. Why do you say the former president was humiliated? And by what? That is just gutter journalism my friend that you exhibited here. These are just two flights that happened to be scheduled to arrive one after the other. And what is newsworthy about a limping 94 year old? Asi dzekwenyu harawa dzinobhururuka here? Tipeiwo news mhani kwete zvawanyora apa izvi nxaaaa.

  7. The aircraft Mnangagwa used to take him to Tanzania and Mauritania is a lavishly appointed executive Boeing 767 aircraft which Mugabe made use of too when Air Zim couldn’t oblige him. It is no “small aircraft”.

  8. Jeremiah 17 vs 9-10 talks about the Lord being the only one who can see whats in the heart and mind of a person.
    Now we have a demi-God reporter who can now see the ”humiliation” in Mugabe. This is poor reporting. We still have cash shortages and the economy is still limping. Thats why Africa never improve

    1. Being in Mnangagwa’s time or Mugabe’s time l have so far not experienced any difference. the same snake that used to spit venom on Zimbabweans during Mugabe’s time is still the same only that the head of the snake has changed. the snake is still the same. plus control of consciousness determines the quality of leadership one have. zvinoshamisirei kutiudza nezvevanhu vaviri ava isu tichifa nenzara mudzimba.

  9. It’s our turn to eat!

  10. Being in Mnangagwa’s time or Mugabe’s time l have so far not experienced any difference. the same snake that used to spit venom on Zimbabweans during Mugabe’s time is still the same only that the head of the snake has changed. the snake is still the same. plus control of consciousness determines the quality of leadership one have. zvinoshamisirei kutiudza nezvevanhu vaviri ava isu tichifa nenzara mudzimba.

  11. kid marongorongo

    mamwe manews reporter soka saka ndonyaya here iyoyi. dai muchitotipawo nhau dzekuti maproject ari kuitwa neMDC kuwanisa vanhu mabasa nekupedza urombo munyika ndeapi tiri kungoona zviri kuitwa neZanu Pf. please give us news that are helpful to the zimbabweans we are tired of this news about personal life we equally have our own personal lives to live.

  12. AGREED — NOT NATIONAL NEWS

  13. Tadiwa Barbra Gonyora

    Not news worthy dude.Kana washaya zvekutaura go sleep

  14. what yu don’t know is kamdara ikako kamuri kuwanzira 1)Kane mari dzako, 2)madiamons ako akaka loota, 3)maHotera ako kunze kwenyika, 4)mamansions ako 5)migodhi yako ye goridhe nezvimwe,5)mabillions ako & is stinking rich. What is that Red Rug you blabbering about gonna do to him. Iwewe unei pawakati zobi ipapo. STOP IT !!

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