Let's save the few dollars Zim still has

HARARE - For the umpteenth time, President Robert Mugabe left the country for Morocco to attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and from the trip, apart from seeing dozing heads, there is nothing that we expect.

While we fully appreciate the importance of such a convention, which centres on climate and the change that is happening so fast and affects millions across the globe, we are concerned Mugabe believes that only he and he alone can represent Zimbabwe, even at a function the country’s Climate minister can as well represent us.

Mugabe is fast chasing 93 years and he is like a typewriter in an Internet cafe because his ilk would be better off in some old people’s home like Dandaro than tackling climate change.

Do they really appreciate the menace that effects of global warming have had on the country or they just want to travel for the sake of travelling.

We are worried that at such a ripe age, Mugabe is still mad for travel and appears as if he is keen to grab every opportunity to traverse the globe.

Instead of sending a minister whose travel would have cost Treasury much less than what the nonagenarian and his typically huge entourage is gobbling, Mugabe put his interests first, not the country’s.

Yet back home people are languishing in poverty as rains have failed them due to the El Nino-induced drought that has left over five million Zimbabweans food insecure.

In his delegation, he has Foreign Affairs minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and, of course, Climate minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and presidential spokesperson George Charamba, among other hangers-on.

We wonder what role he and others on the entourage, except for Muchinguri-Kashiri, are going to play in Marrakesh except shopping and abusing their proximity to Mugabe, while the country suffocates under the weight of challenges spawned by his government.

In April, Mugabe attended another costly foreign travel on climate change in New York which chewed millions from the national coffers amid reports that he blew $20 million in foreign jaunts during the first four months of the year alone.

The New York trip came hard on the heels of yet another trip to Tokyo, Japan, that Muchinguri-Kashiri could have attended and ably represented the country at a lower cost.

Before his trip to Tokyo, Mugabe came under fire for burning litres of jet fuel and spending huge amounts of State money in travel allowances for himself and his entourage on an aborted Indian junket ostensibly to attend a low-key World Culture Festival.

What a waste of resources by a man who holds several degrees, including one in economics.

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