Mugabe forced to fly back home

HARARE - Zimbabwe's jet-setting President Robert Mugabe has been forced to head back home from India where he had flown for a low-key “cultural festival”, which his Indian counterpart and host President Pranab Mukherjee is not even attending.

“...Mugabe has called off his engagement in India where he was scheduled to be guest of honour at the World Culture Festival,” his spokesperson George Charamba said yesterday.

In addition to his tribulations, if not an outright difficult outing to New Delhi the last time, the Daily News had reported yesterday that there are no other big names attending this controversial bash.

The Indian President’s office did not say why Mukherjee, who was to preside over the valedictory function, had opted out.

Charamba said: “The cancellation follows communication from organisers of the festival acknowledging substantial inadequacies in protocol and security arrangements around the event.

“A number of leaders slotted for participation, including those from the host country, have also withdrawn their participation.”

Mugabe is expected back home in a couple of days, according to Charamba. It is not clear why the increasingly-frail 92-year-old — who has lately been walking with the aid of his wife Grace —  insisted on travelling for the mundane event, which was organised to mark the 35th anniversary of the Art of Living and is being billed as the “biggest ever festival of music and dance”.

Advertisements said 35 973 artists were billed to perform at the event.

Comments (24)

Mugabe uses these trips to siphon and launder money out of the country plus get his survival/ revival medication in Singapore.

Mamvemve - 10 March 2016

Mukuru kukanyaira kudzoka kumusha pasina changa chahfambigwa. Seka zwako imbwa yaKachuta. Ndinofunga shasha yakasiya yabhukisa next meeting. Ikazoitika yavakwamupfiganebwe chipoko chayo chinotocharter Air Zim fulltime kunoita guest of honour.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 10 March 2016

What an embarrassment of a president we have, the old man cannot even walk but would gladly accept all kinds of invitation.

misty - 10 March 2016

All his trips are funded from the unaccounted for US$15billion Chiadzwa diamond loot. CRY THE BELOVETH COUNTRY ZIMBABWE!!!

Mukanya - 10 March 2016

Daily news we expect you do dig deeper for better quality news items. For instance, the total number of the entourage, how much was a wasted on this trip and who was responsible for this mixup. We also need an official response from the organisers as to the poor security arrangements as this casts the organisers in poor light. Wake up journalists give us some quality work.

Samaita - 10 March 2016

HE SURELY MUST BE EMBARASSED,SIT HOME YOU ARE TOO OLD.WASTE OF TAXPAYERS MONEY

PEACE THE WORLD OVER - 10 March 2016

Having upset his most loyal and faithful ally, China, Mugabe is now desperately looking for friends. Hence also the promise to compensate the white farmers all of a sudden, hoping to get his cowardly British Conservatives back on sides. Flip, flop, flip, flop is the name of the game he plays nowadays. His time of reckoning is fast approaching.

PerekedzaMbuya - 10 March 2016

Mmmm I smell a rat. Mugabe is now running in ever decreasing circles trying to reach out to someone, anyone, who will lift him up and support him. Having upset China, he is now a deeply frightened man and someone desperately looking for help - hence his trip to India who now regards him as an embarrassment and not someone she wishes to associated with?. Maybe the Brits, who are themselves idiots, will lend a helping hand? Who knows?

Mbeya - 10 March 2016

Use the money for global trips to support university students in Zimbabwe. Why is this president so cruel. Even students at the University of Rhodesia used to get loans from Ian Smith's government.

simba kumba - 10 March 2016

KUTO PEREKEDZWA NEMA SERVICE CHIEFS PA AIRPORT , KUTI THE PRESIDENT AYENDE KU CULTURE FESTIVE YENHANDO.ZVAKAWOMA

togarepi - 10 March 2016

INYIKA YAKAITA SEI INONYADZISA PRESIDENT. NDI PRESIDENT AKAITA SEI ANONYADZISWA KUDARO.

Whip de Nation - 10 March 2016

kuda zvinhu!

Samanyika Chaiye - 10 March 2016

kuda zvinhu! muteera shezhu nekwarisina kudaidzwa rokwitima. shungu iwe shungu swera kuenda mukwasha wezuwa. gumbomutsvairi rinotsvaira nenzira isina muridzi.

SaManyika Chaiye - 10 March 2016

At 92years, after failing on economic matters, the cultural festival was actually a good platform for mugabe to explore other things in life that he might find good at. Zanu pf government is dis-functional from wrong speech to this

X-MAN IV - 10 March 2016

INYIKA YAKAITA SEI INONYADZISA PRESIDENT. NDI PRESIDENT AKAITA SEI ANONYADZISWA KUDARO.

Whip de Nation - 10 March 2016

Murume mukuru kumhanya kunoona mutambo weZvigure ku india shuwa shuwa? Kana mutungamiri weindia wacho anga asina basa nazvo aka zvi ignowa.

MBC - 11 March 2016

Mr president stay home and fix the economy.Many people are hurting.

Piedpiper - 11 March 2016

svodaiwo Bbaba please makura aaaaah

Baba Fambai - 11 March 2016

MUNOVANYOMBEREIKO PRESIDENT AVA?

MOUTH - 11 March 2016

people are suffering living in poverty and penury , we want fees for our children ,health care,and clean water,comrade PRESIDENT.

wedza - 11 March 2016

Kaharahwa kwaakutosvika munyika yevaridzi kuti tiri kutvagawo kuri kuitwa culture festival? Kumusha vanhu vachitambudzika,kakambobva kupi kamunin'ina ka Satan aka. nxaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk - 12 March 2016

KUDA ZVINHU, NZARA IRI MUZIMBABWE WAIPEDZA HERE

edzai.com - 12 March 2016

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