Infighting with in Zanu-PF seems to be far from over as members are trading insults.
Deputy Foreign Affairs minister Christopher Mutsvangwa recently accused his boss Simbarashe Mumbengegwi of blundering by applying for a visa for First Lady Grace Mugabe to Belgium, which was rejected.
Mugabe boycotted the summit after his wife was denied a visa with EU saying spouses of heads of State had no business at the conference.
Grace visa should never had been sought…..Minister Mutsvangwa
Speaking on the ZiFM programme The Platform hosted by Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa on Monday evening. Mutsvangwa said Zimbabwe fell into a trap by boycotting the EU-Africa summit because Mumbengegwi was pursuing misguided foreign policy.
The former ambassador to China said he was not party to the decision to boycott the EU-Africa summit adding that Mumbengegwi ‘went and convinced initially the (Zanu PF) politburo and later Cabinet: that is what I am hearing’.
He said it was undiplomatic and unprofessional to apply for a visa for the First Lady when there were indications or a possibility that she would not be granted.
‘Maybe we were trying to test the waters, but why do we want to test the waters by having an embarrassment on our president?’ he queried. Mutsvangwa said it was important for Zimbabwe to attend the summit. its absolutely important: we should never let down our African brothers on this issue, he said. We do not need to put Africa in an invidious position: they have been consistently with Zimbabwe on this issue.’
He said it was wrong to assume that Mugabe and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma were not attending the summit for similar reasons as the neighbouring country had special relations with EU.
This issue is different. I think our Foreign ministry, to be very candid, is really unnecessarily pitching the level of African support too high.’ he said.
‘Zuma is busy campaigning, but in any event, the relationship between the EU and South Africa is very different from that one between EU and the rest of Africa Mutsvangwa said he had taken issue with State media stories suggesting that Zuma had taken cue from Zimbabwe by also boycotting the summit.
We should be modest. South Africa has 50 million people: it is a big neighbour and has a big economy,’ he said.
‘South Africa has stood with us; let’s not try to pose as if we are super champions of this region; that is not right for Zimbabwe: we must always work in tandem with our neighbours. respect their sensitivities; never try to claim leadership.”
Mutsvangwa went on to reveal that there were fissures in the Foreign Affairs ministry.
‘There are two people there: the minister and the permanent secretary (Joey Bimha); its a fiefdom They run it the way they want,’ he said.
He warned that Zimbabweans should not have an all or nothing approach to diplomacy.
We simply have a misguided foreign policy. The major practitioner of that foreign policy is missing the woods from the trees; that’s my boss,’ Mutsvangwa said.
I do not agree with him and I stand for what will be in the interest of Zimbabwe? – SouthernEye
PRESIDENT Mugabe sent a strong message to his “enemies” in the West and America that he will not be bullied by them.
The European Union-Africa summit is a gathering of 90 countries from two continents attended by 65 heads of states and government.
On the agenda is trade and political relations but there will be some notable absentees.
The move has been condemned by many as they are citing that the Zanu-PF leader is wrong to deny the country representation at the summit over personal issues.
As much as people might fume, EU was also wrong to tell Zimbabwe who should attend. This is an internal issue which has nothing to do with them. It is well known that Zimbabwe and EU are not in good books hence the move to deny Grace a visa is a political which is meant to fix Mugabe.
Mugabe too responded in a political manner by telling them if they do not meet his demands he will then boycott the summit. For me, even if Mugabe was to attend the summit, he was still going to come back empty handed just like what Chinamasa did when he visited Europe in the hope that he was going to get aid.
EU used its power in issues that doesn’t concern them. In their invitation, EU had to choose which African countries were to attend. What is the hell is that? What is so special about them that they have to tell Africa who should attend and not.
South Africa has also joined other African countries in boycotting EU-Africa Summit. South Africa President, Jacob Zuma, is reportedly to have said the EU should not decide who attends the EU-Africa Summit.
Zuma is of the view that European Union is dictating the composition of Africa’s delegation.
Pretoria will be represented on a ministerial level.
“I think that time must pass wherein we are looked as subjects, we are told who must come, who must not come, we have not attempted to decide when we meet Europe; who must come and who must not come. It is wrong and causes this unnecessary unpleasantness. I thought the AU and EU are equal organisations representing two continents but there is not a single one of them who must decide for others,” says President Jacob Zuma
In support of Zuma’s message, it should be up to the African Union rather than the European Union to decide which African leaders are accepted or not. EU has no right to exclude particular African leaders.
It is actually clear that this summit was just for EU blue eyes boys and girls which include Botswana and Malawi ho have been relegated to mere EU bootlickers. African countries should stop to dance according to the tune of EU.
After all, there is nothing special about the summit, as the same countries who are hosting the summit are going to plot against African countries.
After all Mugabe’s boycott is a blessing in disguise, the country needs him because the economy is not showing any signs of improvement.