Useless trip for Mujuru (25-09-07)

HARARE- Vice President Joice Mujuru returned from a four-day visit to
communist state of Cuba last week but it was not immediately clear what
benefits the trip had for thousands of Zimbabweans on the brink of
In Cuba, Mujuru held meetings with President, Fidel Ca

stro, 82 and Vice
President Esteban lazo..
During her visit, she toured the world famous Varandero Beach Resort,
met African diplomats accredited to Havana and spoke to Zimbabwean
studying on the island state.
Mujuru was accompanied by a low key delegation of deputy ministers.
Ropa Mujuru was eager to learn about sanctions busting and exchanged
opinions about the Zimbabwe situation vis-a-vis Cuba.
Mujuru told Castro that Zimbabwe has been under constant imperial
and wanted to know how the economy could be fashioned along the Cuban
experience, where Castro’s government has been under US financial,
trade and
economic sanctions for almost 50 years.
As usual, the VP “praised the important role played by women” thanks to
education and political will.
During her stay in Havana, Mujuru visited the pharmaceutical
laboratories of
LABIOFAM and met with Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque.
The VP discussed the prospect of Cuba supplying Zimbabwe with more of
much-needed anti-retrovirals, used to suppress the HIV/Aids virus.
But Cuba insisted on a cash upfront deal.
The VP returned home empty-handed, despite high expectations by a
povo for desperately-need supplies.
She told a State television documentary on her State visit: “I have
a lot about the resistance, commitment and unity of the Cuban people.”
were no economic benefits derived from her State visit.

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