Mugabe holiday pics emerge

HARARE - Unflattering pictures of President Robert Mugabe and his family enjoying themselves to no end while holidaying in the Far East emerged at the weekend.

The pictures of the First Family luxuriating overseas were posted on Instagram at a time back home millions of people are enduring one of the country’s worst festive seasons ever — with no water, food and electricity.

But rather soberingly, in almost all of the pictures, Mugabe appears a little lost and confused about what is happening.

In some of them, he is even looking away from the camera with total disinterest.

It appeared that while the rest of the family was having loads of fun, Mugabe at 90, seemed to be deep in thought and not interested in anything, despite clear attempts by his controversial wife Grace and daughter Bona to make him feel comfortable.



Observers said yesterday that Mugabe had lost touch with the hardships that Zimbabweans were enduring daily while he blew millions of scarce dollars on his foreign jaunts.

This year the sparkle of Christmas and the rest of the festive season was lost to many in the country, with civil servants, who form the bulk of those still formally employed in Zimbabwe failing to get the promised 13th cheque.

The observers said the weekend pictures suggested that the First Family did not care much about the suffering of the people.

In the pictures, posted by Mugabe’s first son Robert Jnr on Instagram — a video and picture-sharing social platform — most of the family, except Mugabe, happily poses for the photos.

Grace — and sons Robert Jnr, Chatunga and Russell (from the first marriage) — along with daughter Bona and husband Simba Chikore, pose for the pictures, smiling contentedly in what appears to be an upmarket restaurant.

Asked by his friends about the location of the restaurant, Robert Jnr replied “Nadaman in Singapore! Next time you think of going to the Far East you should try it out.”

Nadaman is an expensive Japanese restaurant for the most affluent in Singapore. It reportedly only serves the rich and famous.

Analysts described Mugabe recently as “a double-faced leader” who loves to talk a tough pan-African language only when it is politically expedient to do so.

At the same time, the opposition said that Mugabe seemingly “hates anything African” as Zimbabweans had never been told that he was vacationing in tourist-friendly countries on the continent such as Malawi, Kenya, Botswana, South Africa and Mauritius.

In addition, the MDC also felt that it was immoral that the nonagenarian should “even think” of taking a holiday at this time while Zimbabweans were suffering “untold” economic pain resulting from Mugabe’s and Zanu PF’s misrule.

Raymond Majongwe, the secretary general of Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) said the government had abandoned its workers.

“We are planning to go on a strike because the government has abandoned us.

“Government should not forget that its workers are suffering and no wonder why the doctors went on strike.

“From the looks of things we won’t get our bonuses and this is sad.

But the biggest tragedy of it all is that government hasn’t come to us to tell explain what is happening,” Majongwe said.

So bad is the economic situation in the country that Tsvangirai has even likened Mugabe and Zanu PF to the Grinch that stole Christmas.

Comments (109)

You can see from this photo the kids are having a blast and hoping Mugabe stays alive for as long as possible. On the other hand Mugabe looks lost, a person who is now a prisoner of his own deeds. Most people have always doubted Mugabe's sincerity as a liberator and current events will no doubt entrench the obvious fact that his family is now on a looting spree until they are stopped. We have seen it before and it never ends well for these dictators.

War Vet - 29 December 2014

Your report shows how biased you are.You expect President Robert Mugabe to be mourning even on Christmas day. He is a family man like anyone of us. He must take his family out. Because he is a Zimbabwean President you expect him to always have tears on his face in solidarity with the poverty you are referring to.R.G is just a person like any other let him enjoy. Even majority of Zimbabweans despite their predicaments- they celebrated Christmas day. Some of the ills we are facing today were caused by your biased reports. You are concerned about his aged even you are you going to remain young. Let him live like any other person. You expect him to live like a dead man and at the same time you want him to be enthusiastic like a teen boy- wandibhowa mhani nxa

MuShurugwi - 29 December 2014

did we not all merry make during the holiday. Please please please Zimbabweans...... While our fathers were at school this man suffered in the bushes and jail.

nyasha - 29 December 2014

yaahh...kurasa miswe chaiko. Sekuru ndoo vane muswe uri kuramba kutamba...zvasvika kwamvura yacheka makumbo.

kkkkkkkkkk - 29 December 2014

mushurugwi and nyasha are small boys trying to grow,how they dare talking rubbish at this 11th hr,kusaziva zviri mu Jerusarema.."KUMAMA KUTAURA"

idiot - 29 December 2014

mushurugwi and nyasha are small boys trying to grow,how they dare talking rubbish at this 11th hr,kusaziva zviri mu Jerusarema.."KUMAMA KUTAURA"

idiot - 29 December 2014

Presidents go on holiday, i expect him to afford a holiday even in the circumstances. Even your editor and owner of this newspaper surely took a break and can afford to abroad on holiday, it doesn't cost millions, you have never been there, its clear.

muzimba - 29 December 2014

Fair enough you called yourself IDIOT truely you are really one.Eleventh hour yaurikutaura nezvayo ndeyepi. Uri kuda kuita coup here kana murder. Don't wish someone to die.Whether you like it or not Mugabe is a True Hero to every Zimbabwean and even beyond. Let God be the judge for everyone of us. Happy new year Gushungo!!!!!!. Mwari anechinangwa nemi akupei mazuva akawanda ekutonga even vana IDIOT avo.

MuShurugwi - 29 December 2014

@ mushurugwi :You must understand that a family man ceases not to be just a family man once he takes up public office.

Tahir Iqbal - 29 December 2014

Goreraza will never be shown in the pictures, what does he think of this whole farcical thing? 'Dr' Grace abandoned him for the president, and his excellency even took along Goreraza's boy together with the mother, this sounds really a matter where the old man is in a deep moral and conscience crisis. That is probably one of the many reasons why he does not seem to be enjoying the gravy train anymore. The youngsters, including the wife, are really abusing the old man.

chenjerai hove - 29 December 2014

@Tahir , what then does he become ?

nkasibanda - 29 December 2014

mind you ..they have businesses of their own..so let them enjoy fruits of their labour. nhamo yemumwe...by the way

senior muzezuru - 29 December 2014

Ndosaka mhuri iyi ichiita zvainoda nekuti mazimbabweans takati vatei. mondiudza kuti dai mukwasha aine vanawo atoendwa naye nemhuri yese, kwo wekwagoreraza unodeiwo ipapa hamuone kuti anonzi madiro ajojina hanzi zvitununu zvemuzimbabwe zvingandidii. vese varikuti akagara musango Mugabe makore waigarireimo achikona kugara mumba handiti amakirira chigaro hapana kana chaaita kunze kwekunzoresa just like zvaari kuita. KKKKKKKKKKKK but apera wena azoenda manje apa kufoserwa naiye mukadzi wechidiki achirikuzvinzwa hopefully kamdara aka is satisfying her in all kkkkkkkkkkkkk vanhu vakuvadza mazimbabweans nenhamo ava. Lets get back to Gaddafi and Mobutu's lives zviripi nhasi. that's exactly how it will end. Mwari havaende kutoilet vanhuwee vachiti ndozouya ndoona later ziso ravo is everywhere chisingaperi toda kuchiona

Matozviitiro - 29 December 2014

Lost touch? Are you kidding me right now? He was NEVER in touch with people's hardships.

Galore 123 - 29 December 2014

I can see the shadow of Pamire in the background next to Chatunga

Ghost - 29 December 2014

Poor me, a new farmer. I rejoiced when I was allocated a piece of land. I have diligently farmed on it ever since but alas to no avail as they give with the one hand and take away with the other. I delivered my produce to GMB on about 5 August 2014 with the FIRM promise that I would be paid within 60 days. Nothing has happened since despite a lot of hot air (promises) from the Finance Ministry. We all heard them say farmers would be paid by year end. Just today GMB has advised that there is no sign of any money from the Government. Am I then wrong to assume that the money was actually allocated to start off with but the chefs got to it first, then the Congress took up a big slice and the rest is financing Holidays for you know who? I am a simple peasant but when the very peasants who the President has often said deserve the land go hungry, can't send children to school and have to finance the next crop from their pockets and the same President does absolutely nothing about such a crisis, then we have a problem. Why the defeaning silence and with such a crisis as this can one really go out and enjoy a holiday? Kumacompany kana paine crisis inouraya future yecompany iyoyo boss havaendi kuholiday until yagaidziriswa.

Isidore Cuthbert Mutungagore - 29 December 2014

@ Tahir Iqbal and Matozviitiro- You people will never cease to amaze me- Uri murudzii ko iwe. Despite ,the office one may hold ,you don't relinquish your family obligations- kana uchiti ukapiwa chigaro woramba kuti uri baba you are lost.Uyuwo umwe wako he doesnt know what he is saying. Gushungo vanoenda kuHoliday newavanoda angave mukuwasha kana ani zvake. Zvemari yaunotaura akakunyebera ndiyani kuti vese vakashandisa mari dzeruzhinji. It seems you are very silly. Ungafare kuti munhu apera haunyari more over that man is strong and healthy. Wandinyadzisa kufara kunge muroyi kudaro haunyari. Sure God will punish you for your ill thoughts. Let RG live and enjoy his life like any other person on this planet.

MuShurugwi - 29 December 2014

@Isdore Cuthbert- saka uri kuti President varegere kuenda ku Leave nokuda kwetu ma grammes twawakaendesa ku GMB.KKKKKKK tikwanire. Pindura nhasi MuShurugwi anotoda headon nenyaya yaGushungo kusvika manyarara

MuShurugwi - 29 December 2014

@Isdore Cuthbert- saka uri kuti President varegere kuenda ku Leave nokuda kwetu ma grammes twawakaendesa ku GMB.KKKKKKK tikwanire. Pindura nhasi MuShurugwi anotoda headon nenyaya yaGushungo kusvika manyarara

MuShurugwi - 29 December 2014

I am not sure kuti MuShurugwi urikunyatsonzwisisa zviri apa. Chimbobisa your myopic glasses uone zvirimberi and also zvirishure kwako. My comment does not say that the President must not go on leave. I am only saying the President must not go holidaying vachisiya munyika muine crisis. The reason why I am sending "grammes" to the GMB is because of exactly the payment crisis I am talking about. Saka iwe you think the country would be where it is in terms of food security if the President had seriously chosen to address the crisis in the farming industry?? Also this is just but one crisis the country is facing right now but because iwe hauone beyond a certain point you cannot comprehend the whole picture tikakutaurira. Prime Minister wekuMalaysia akadzokera kunyika kwake kwaita mafloods before his holiday ended and they criticized him for playing golf with Obama kumusha kwake kuine crisis. Chinzwa sahwira, there is a proverb which says " A stupid fly follows the corpse to the grave". Wake up to reality kani nhai!!

Isidore Cuthbert Mutungagore - 29 December 2014

MuShurugwi, you are defending the indefensible. In any case, no one is disputing that President Mugabe is also a father and just like any other father in the world he has the right to treat his family according to his wish. The difference however is that the president is presiding over an economy in shambles and with no respite in the immediate future. Majority of civil servants didn't get their bonuses, doctors are not happy with their salaries so the health sector is in intensive care. those less fortunate do not have any means to make their children happy this festive season and the president decide to leave his county and enjoy the festive season in a foreign land. varume kana muchiwana mari musafunga kuti ndozvazviri nenyika yese, kune vanhu varikunetseka varume, moyo yavo ichishungurudzika vakatarisa mwana achifa nekuti amushayira mari yekuenda kuchipatara. hameno kwamunogara henyu asi muno muZimbabwe zviri kugwadza chaiko

Jesuit Priest - 29 December 2014

2015 haaperi. gwendo gwuno tinotopedzerana chete

Zimbabwe Revolution - 29 December 2014

Viva President R. G. Mugabe. Pasi nevanotengesa nyika nekuda kwechingwa.

Achimwene - 29 December 2014

Bedzi rine waro anoripururudzira so is Mugabe CIO agents will always praise anything done by Mugabe never mind how bad it is . No sane person can say Mugabe is right by spending millions in a far far far foreign country outside the continent , How many pipes which can be bought to replace dead ones to avoid cholera by the money spent by Mugabe alone in few weeks . Just visit one residential area for cio agents every thing is collapsing no maintenance is carried out at these places bcoz they is no money but Mugabe has the guts to spend millions in 30 days what a curse is this man normal ?

Diibulaanyika - 29 December 2014

KKKKKK ' there is a proverb which say "A stupid fly follows the corpse to the grave"......eissssh shuwa shuwa bazukulu liyangihlekisa!!!

UNCLE REAL - 29 December 2014

@ISDORE/JESUIT PRIEST-You guys it seems you are beginning to reason. The problem is that you just want to heap all the blames on one man. Akakukanganisirai chii chaiko chamusingatauri. You are blaming him for the poor economy yet you are the very people who invited the sanctions from your 'friends'. You are the very people who externalised billions of dollars yet you blame one man. Zveku Malasyia zvaunotaura kondenge dzacho zvodzoramba dzichishaikwa saka Prime Minister wacho onzi haafaniri kuzorora. You are talking about 'crisis'. Which crisis are you taking about- who declared Zimbabwe as a crisis country- Don't just give status of a country from your bedroom point of view. Zimbabwe is in this state because of people like you. Dai pasina Gushungo I don't know what could have happened to Zimbabwe. Dai iri colony of colonies. Zororai Gushungo kuno zvirikutofaya Ngwena arikuita zvamakamuti aite. Kana kwaipa tichakuudzai isu tine fair mind kwete vana Isdore ava

MuShurugwi - 29 December 2014

@ Uncle real- Vana Uncle real- moda kukwanisa kaproverb kamakawana pa African movie manje hakabetseri- Mugabe for real and forever ufunge zvako

MuShurugwi - 29 December 2014

we need to be positive guys. we seem to be pricked by everything. why worry about things you and i cannot change. its better to wish the first family good than to be bitter all the time when they are enjoying. don't worry be happy.

taurai - 29 December 2014

What a shame but nothing we can do as daily news policies allows every one to express himself without fear even some lunatics who can praise limping donkeys and starting telling us this donkey is god we can not do anything it is their rights . You see lunatics can see what normal people do not see that is why you see them kick and laughing at nothing bcoz it is difficult to correct a lunatic who can tell you that human shiite is beef stew like this ONE who want to tell us that a limping donkey is not a donkey. but bcoz we are not lunatics we will not listen to him let him hallucinate his pills are finished that is why ,

Diibulaanyika - 29 December 2014

Mushurugwi, dai asi Bob this country would be flowing milk and honey but now its raw sewerage flowing in our homes, thanks to the man you call father of the nation. He was sleeping in a luxurious house in Maputo and even could not learn to fire even a pistol.

maita - 29 December 2014

its not a pre-requisite for one to handle a gun to say he fought for the liberation of the country,dear brother check the history those who started politics and organized it are others those who were rescruited and other voluntered to fight are others.all were not suppose to operate guns to liberate the country there were several roles but all geared for the same end to liberate the country.We had guerillas or combatants,vanamujibha,vanachimbwido,politically we had the group of real nationalists the masterminders of second chimurenga the political detainees,restrictees from where the political leadership evolved.

carson Macate - 29 December 2014

@ Maita. nhaiwe Maita give me one country with an exemplary leader which is flowing honey and milk- stop day dreaming. You may say whatever but you can not run away from reality- Mugabe is an UNDISPUTED Zimbabwean and African Hero whether you like it or not.I have noted that many comments were directed at me but I will keep on telling you that Mugabe is God sent. That man did and sacrificed a lot to see Zim free .

MuShurugwi - 29 December 2014

Many will remember how Mabuto Seseko had turned Zaire into his own private property he would send his children to attend school lessons to France every schooling day while his own country was burning He never cared what people said he was like god but a stupid day came he was exiled and died like a dog . now we have this stupid Mugabe doing exactly other stupid leaders did very soon he will be history and will also die like a dog bcoz never listens he is evil

Diibulaanyika - 29 December 2014

@Diibulaanyika- your examples are irrelavant. You are talking about Mobutu who never did anything to please his electorate. Just think carefully before you air your stupidity. President Mugabe improved health for everyone, education for everyone- now land for everyone-resources for everyone Mobutu wako akamboita chii. Don't be unthankful to such an extend .Waa kuzonditaurisa chirungu chisingaite. Chaunorwa na President chii iwe lets support him if for the betterment of our economy. Don't be fulled by this Daily News reporter who feels that Mugabe must not even enjoy a meal.Mugabe is an UNDISPUTED hero. No history will change that. Kana usina kugutsikana ngatisangane mangwana maybe you were using internet yekubasa.

MuShurugwi - 29 December 2014

tofa here nenzara muchisapota chimukweguru ichi, vana havachadzidzi, migwagwa yakaparara, macivil servants oshaya mari but the fiscus is paying 75000 ghost workers. is this the zimbabwe chitepo, tongogara, mangena etc, died to liberate?

gandanga - 29 December 2014

Kamuzu Banda in his last days!

James Bond - 29 December 2014

There is nothing wrong in putting a leader of a country under spotlight all the time. It is actually encouraged to hold to account such leaders. Mugabe recently claimed that one of his children in this picture said to him," you shaked hands with Tsvangirai during the signing of GNU, he wont touch his (mugabe's) hand. The country is economically dead because of mugabe.s rule. I would have loved the 1st family to hire an Airbus and take the Orphans from Mazowe with them for this "bling bling" holliday as it may be their last. I have seen many mugabe's pictures at his birthday parties with kids. This one mugabe looks uncomfortable and compromised. He admitted that kumba ndinotongwa nguva zhinji. This picture is one of those that one will say these were my/our last happy moments. Taka mbo-spakwa ne life. It will be such a good thing to have this picture as a"Source based" question in a History Exam sometime in 2050. Only a few that have benefited this corrupt, patronage system under mugabe will love him, but the sad thing is the end is near.

X-MAN IV - 29 December 2014

Zimbabwean Politics has now become so boring to an extend where a lot of people are now asking several questions. One of it is What's Next. Is this a free Zimbabwe or we are worse off Oppressed,once we have the answer what do we do next

Karigamombe - 29 December 2014

Just yesterday, I was with a once staunch Mugabe fan who wishes Mugabe dead. I couldn't believe this coming from a Christian, and it proves beyond any reasonable doubt that the majority Zimbabweans, including a lot of Zanu PF supporters, wish Mugabe dead for the sake of rebuilding our party. Mugabe must just step down rather than wait to die in office.

Daniel Berejena - 29 December 2014

Whilst I think that there is really nothing wrong with Mugabe and his family going on holidays, it is the manner the guy has ruled the country that leaves the majority not capable of also doing a similar thing even on a smaller scale. Here is a guy whose office gets more money from the Budget than say Economic ministries at a time when you would have thought more money should be directed at that kind of ministry. His allocation goes to things like this expensive holiday. For the uninitiated, the Nadaman is in Shangri-La hotel and whilst the food is good the prices themselves are not out of this world. So this would be a routine meal unless one chooses to order only the most expensive food. Robert must know other people also want to have a decent meal but his policies mean that that they cannot and that's where I disagree with him. He should retire.

Ngagwa - 29 December 2014

Mugabe is not a legitimate president . He doesn't deserve to go on holiday . He cares nothing about the suffering of the Zimbabwean people . Anoziva mhosva dzaakapara . He is contemplating how he is soon going to meet His maker. He needs to repent nekuti his days are numbered.

ZVAKUZOPERA - 29 December 2014

i don't think its worthwhile to argue with a person like MuShurugwi; he/she actually sounds like one of the people in the picture above, who has nothing else to do than to enjoy the taxpayer's money. let him go ahead. but everything has its own time, and like what Einstain said, time is just but to ensure events do not happen at the same time. People like Joyce Mujuru never dreamt of being laughed at like this today, they were mighty, all conquering, yet today they have been embarrassed even kids in their home of origin despise and mock them. the God almighty is not mocked. someone here tells us "Mugabe is God-sent". but the Bible has stories of fate that befell the "God-sent" that went astray. the Mighty Samson committed suicide like today's suicide bombers! People of Zimbabwe have been subjected to extreme suffering, forced to do things that they don't want; innocent blood has been spilled, terrible cries have echoed the nights and tears of the defenseless have watered the ground. This God is not mocked, and the time of reckoning is coming.

MuZezuru - 29 December 2014

i don't think its worthwhile to argue with a person like MuShurugwi; he/she actually sounds like one of the people in the picture above, who has nothing else to do than to enjoy the taxpayer's money. let him go ahead. but everything has its own time, and like what Einstain said, time is just but to ensure events do not happen at the same time. People like Joyce Mujuru never dreamt of being laughed at like this today, they were mighty, all conquering, yet today they have been embarrassed even kids in their home of origin despise and mock them. the God almighty is not mocked. someone here tells us "Mugabe is God-sent". but the Bible has stories of fate that befell the "God-sent" that went astray. the Mighty Samson committed suicide like today's suicide bombers! People of Zimbabwe have been subjected to extreme suffering, forced to do things that they don't want; innocent blood has been spilled, terrible cries have echoed the nights and tears of the defenseless have watered the ground. This God is not mocked, and the time of reckoning is coming.

MuZezuru - 29 December 2014

What did i say people who are sick in mind or to bee straight who are mad like Mushurugwi see what normal people never see . He sees world class hospitals ,schools .roads . well paid govt workers . If that is not madness what is it ? Bcoz hospitals are not working properly Mushurugwi is at risk of missing his madness medication all bcoz of Mugabe but bcoz the guy is insane he never sees that and he continues to tell us that shiite is good food , Mushurugwi we are not sick like you nor were we born last week like you shiite is shiite and this country has been turned into a shiite by none other than the son of a Malawian migrant Mugabe but bcoz you are not normal you won't understand that but hope one day when you get full medication you will come to your senses and you will see shiite every one normal is seeing . Zim is eating shiite bcoz of Mugabe.

Diibulaanyika - 30 December 2014

if mugabe`s birth certificate is telling the truth about his age, ikozvino tahosvika. muri yezimbabwe chiregai kunyanya kuchema nokuti muna 2015 chirikudumuka napakati. gwendo guno chirikuwa chete. nyadenga varikutomudana chete.vese vari diaspora chigadzirirai kudzokera kumusha munobatsira mhuri yezimbabwe iriko kudzosera nyika kumozambique kwayaive. dr mazowe orange crush amai mogadzirira kuenda kunavaMakamba kuEgypt nokuti tirikupedzerana muna2015.

mukuwasha wezuva - 30 December 2014

Imi mesevmakafara pachristmas despite the hardships. The president is human like all of us. Maida kuti auye ku lake here kwamanga makazara kana kuzovhiya mbudzi nemi kwa Bushu. The poor will always be with us but vane mari dzavo maingofara. Did you stop merry making because there is a crisis in the country.

mederator - 30 December 2014

Imi mesevmakafara pachristmas despite the hardships. The president is human like all of us. Maida kuti auye ku lake here kwamanga makazara kana kuzovhiya mbudzi nemi kwa Bushu. The poor will always be with us but vane mari dzavo maingofara. Did you stop merry making because there is a crisis in the country.

mederator - 30 December 2014

Please mushurugwi do your bootlicking in silence.

Zvichapera - 30 December 2014

Pasi nevano sapota zvisina basa,tiri kutambura iye Bhobho achichafanya nemhuri yake,kutotora nemukwasha kani,hazvina hunhu izvi madhongi anyanga manje

hoto - 30 December 2014

VekuLybia vapemberera pakapondwa VaGaddaffi, vekuIraq vakaita zvimwechetezvo pakapondwa VaHussein nemhondi dzekumadokero, vakati zvavo zvazoita, nhasi varipapi ? Tangai mafunga zvakakwana musati maratidza kushaya zivo uye kusaona zvirikuitika kwenyu, Akakuudzai kuti baba kana mai vachembera vanofanira kufa ndiani. Inga imi murikuenda kunochembera wani, pachapera makore 10 kana 40 anotevera vana venyu vakati makura chifai mudhara munovat chii ? Long Live Zimbabwe !

Mannex - 30 December 2014

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