People speak out on Grace and the EU

Citizens across the political divide have expressed mixed feelings over President Robert Mugabe’s boycott of this week’s European Union Africa summit.

Grace Mugabe
Grace Mugabe

Grace Mugabe was denied a visa to travel with her husband, as she is still on the targeted measures list because of human rights abuses. Mugabe pulled out as a result – making this the first international meeting he has not attended in 34 years. This is what people think of the decision:

Chitungwiza resident, Marvelous Chifamba: “When you look at our president, he needs a personal nurse and I am sure that because of his age, the first lady should accompany him everywhere. At his age, it would be embarrassing if he travelled alone.”

Finer Nyirenda from Mufakose: “If she has no business there, then they are justified for not giving her the visa. If the president can no longer travel to international destinations on his own, then he should rest.”

Godfrey Muzvimwe from Epworth: “They are the organisers of this summit and they have every right to decide who should and who should not attend this meeting.”

Dadirai Padzarondera from Harare: “Behind every successful men is a woman and she is justified to travel with her husband. I do not see the reason why they refused her entry because those heads of state need their wives by their side.”

Dread Gwanza from Mufakose: “For Mugabe to use that as basis of not attending the summit is a clear sign that personal vendettas takes precedence over national issues.”

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