Mugabe to join Putin in Russia's Victory Day

JOHANESSBURG - President Robert Mugabe is set to join his counterpart, Russian President Vladmir Putin, in celebrating Russia’s annual victory celebrations day.

Russia commemorates the end of World War II in Europe tomorrow.

Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba said the veteran leader had been invited to attend the celebrations in his capacity as the African Union chair.

“My president and your president (Jacob Zuma) have been invited to attend the celebrations and president Mugabe is attending in his capacity as the AU chair,” said Charamba.

Charamba, however, refused to say when Mugabe would be travelling, citing security concerns.

“It’s a security issue and I can’t tell you when he is leaving. All I can tell you is that he is fine and ready to travel,” Charamba said.

The South African presidency confirmed in a statement that Zuma was set to attend the event, adding that the visit would “further cement the strong and warm relations between South Africa and the Russian Federation which are expressed through co-operation in political, economic, social, defence and security areas”.

Mugabe — who has been criticised by his opponents over his endless foreign trips that allegedly cost millions of dollars — was set to leave the country yesterday.

The report said some European leaders were staying away from the commemorations, protesting Putin’s military adventures in Ukraine. China and India were set to attend.

The United States and the European Union imposed tough sanctions on Russia last year over its role in the Ukraine conflict.

The EU leaders agreed in March that the economic sanctions on Russia would stay in place until a peace deal in Ukraine was fully implemented.

Mugabe last year voiced his support for Russia, describing the Western sanctions against Moscow as “illegal”.

Russia’s Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov was in Zimbabwe in September on a high profile visit during which Russia announced plans to build a $3bn platinum mine in the southern African country.

Lavrov, at the time, hailed Mugabe as an “African legend and historic figure”.

Mugabe’s trip was likely to follow up on the platinum project and other promises that Russia made.

Despised by the West, Mugabe has been looking to China and Russia for investment and much-needed financial assistance to help pull Zimbabwe out of its economic problems, the report said.

Comments (12)

musatanyoko wamai vako bob ndozvawakangwarira zvekungofamba nenyika kucelebrater victory yevamwe hausvodi here nezera rako yu're still the president of ths country. MUGABE MUST GO!

musatanyoko - 8 May 2015

I am disappointed by the calibre of our journalists. No way in the article does any one point out the irony in all this . Robber Mugabe murdered thousands of people in Matebeleland and has led a vicious campaign against 3rd generation whites and recently as a month ago was saying he will not address the press in SA because of the presence of white people. Hitler in nazi Germany was exhibiting the same traits against the Robber is off to celebrate the demise of nazi germany when he is also guilty of the same crimes ...and you journalists dont even point this out?

Mazana Mambombo - 8 May 2015

What security for a moving grave who can want to waste his time killing something which is half dead , Sometime Charamba talks shiite , Let Mugabe go to Russia but i assure you during the whole celebrations he will be sleeping and suza kuphela after that he will pack his bags come back or go to Asia for cancer check ups . Last days are sweet you see .

Diibulaanyika - 8 May 2015

Thanks Mazana Mambombo for a great observation. Our journalists are pathetic to say the least, for this would have been news worthy every pen and would have shown that they are not sleeping on duty. You can't say you do not like whites then 2 weeks down the line you are in a country of whites celebrating with them unless it is a smokescreen to go via Singapore.

Qawe laMaqawe - 8 May 2015

Bob kachafira mundege chete with all this globe troting zvikase kesa nyika yedu

billy - 9 May 2015

From yesterday..The Chinese promised to lend the Russians a billions of dollars and to bring new investment into Russia....and Mugabe begged for more days in Russia to do what exactly...beg from who???? the Russ....!!!

Mazana Mambombo - 9 May 2015

Kupusa kwaita baba ava kuda ndiyo mipfuhwira... Haaoni, saka anoendepi.... akangogara anobva arara, saka why wasting mari yegovt...

jacob - 9 May 2015

He can beg all he wants. Until this nation repents and confesses its sin (ZPF also) the economy is a non starter. No one actually trusts RGM and his cohorts with money any way: even the Russians! Confirmed thieves need to change their ways!

TruthBTold - 9 May 2015

Ana charamba muchazovepi rimwe gore remember there is time for everything manyemwe itai mashoma,nyika ichakuitirai diki.

Chitsiga - 9 May 2015

respect your elders. thats why yu are dying young. yu may not support him but respect him as your president. give honour to whom honour is due

wind - 11 May 2015

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