Mugabe airborne again

The airborne bug continues to sting President Robert Mugabe who will in two days’ time fly off to Mali after landing back in Harare today from another trip in Russia.

President Robert Mugabe
President Robert Mugabe

Mugabe will on Friday be in Bamako to witness a peace signing deal between the sitting government of President Ibrahim Keita and the rebels who have been fighting a war against him.

The rebels have been pushing for self-rule from Bamako.

The trip comes just as he returned from Russia where he witnessed that country’s 70th anniversary to commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany’s Adolf Hitler during the World War 2.

Mugabe is travelling to Bamako in his capacity as the chair of the African Union (AU) after receiving an invitation from Keita through Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, the acting president.

"We have invited the African Union chair who happens to be the president of Zimbabwe to witness the occasion which seeks to bring peace in the country and the entire Sahal region," said Diop.

Mugabe spent more than a month on holiday in the Far East from mid-December 2014 and since his return, has been travelling to other destinations almost non-stop.

Among the countries he visited are Indonesia, Japan, Zambia, South Africa, Ethiopia and Namibia.

The trips are said to have already cost $50 million in taxpayers’ money.

MDC-T, Zimbabwe’s main opposition, recently attacked Mugabe for his foreign trips which are bleeding treasury.

The president normally travels with a large entourage which claims huge daily allowances.

Some of Mugabe’s trips have included going to collect his wife from the Far East, with critics saying Grace could have travelled alone as she does not need Mugabe’s handling even when ill since the president himself has shown signs of frailty.

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