Mugabe returns home

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe returned home yesterday from the Far East, but he is still on holiday until the end of January.

The Zimbabwe president left for the Far East on a scheduled holiday trip two weeks ago.

Mugabe annually goes on leave in January.

George Charamba, Mugabe’s spokesperson confirmed the development.

“He came back around 7 in the morning. However, he is still on leave until the end of the month,” Charamba said.

Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC this week savaged Mugabe for going on holiday at a time  when the country is faced with a serious economic crisis and a pressing challenge to align all laws with the new Constitution.

Mugabe’s often month-long leave has since crippled government operations. His opponents said the former teacher should not have left for a “luxurious” holiday at a time the country was mired in crises.

Douglas Mwonzora, the MDC spokesperson, described Mugabe’s holiday as “immoral and abnormal.”

Citing a biting liquidity crunch, cash flight and unfulfilled constitutional requirements, Mwonzora said a serious president should have adopted a hands-on approach to deal with the country’s problems rather than go gallivanting on a holiday.

“The seriousness of the situation calls for extraordinary remedies as it is of extreme emergency,” Mwonzora told the Daily News this week.

“In normal countries, this would see extraordinary meetings of the Cabinet to deal with the problems using a hands-on approach. Parliament should also be meeting to deal with the alignment of all laws with the Constitution as well as provide oversight to State institutions.”

The MDC accused the veteran Zanu PF leader of abandoning his duties as the executive president.

“This holiday is a sign of clear negligence by the president,” Mwonzora said adding that; “He is the wielder of executive powers and he should have used his powers for the benefit of the people who are living in poverty.”

The MDC, which disputes results of last year’s July general elections won by Mugabe, is pushing for a snap election.

Comments (5)

It is strange Mugabe “goes on leave annually”. The man has been on leave since 1960 when he left his teaching post in Ghana to seek political leadership. How can he take leave from a sinecure? What exactly does he do other than officiate at Heroes Acre for burial of cronies amd wasting our money on overseas trips? We are not told what he goes to do in Singapore - typical Third World politics. He is not accountable to anyone. The arrogance is breathtaking.

Musona - 12 January 2014

In Central Africa Republic, Djotodia was overthrown for failing to rein in the mainly Muslim rebels who brought him to power in March 2013 and whose abuses triggered retaliatory violence by Christian militias. Food for thought.

chauya chipembere - 12 January 2014

The condition in which Mr Mugabe arrived is shrouded in secrecy. Why? The man may not be feeling too well.

Feldman Bandura - 14 January 2014

so what type o a man who deserve no rest after o you guys you are too stupid in the way you look at the leadership role its not something you can obtain through muscle power o through chao but its God who odained Mugabe the leaders' capability and credibility as the most Zimbabwean trusted leader and its us who keeps this man on power since colonial era in our struggle so don't do what the fools do but behave like wise there is no sense in the way you accuse Mugabe go to hell if you are tired of him

zingizi - 16 January 2014

Zingizi don't insult God, don't call His name in vain.

wamaromo - 25 January 2016

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