Mugabe pulls out of India engagement

George Charamba

George Charamba

Harare Bureau
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has called off his engagement in India where he was scheduled to be guest of honour at the World Culture Festival.

The event, which is a celebration of peace in multiculturalism and ecumenicity, was scheduled to begin today in front of hundreds of thousands of people.

President Mugabe’s spokesperson, George Charamba, yesterday said the cancellation of his attendance was due to poor security arrangements by the event organisers.

“The cancellation follows communication from organisers of the festival acknowledging substantial inadequacies in protocol and security arrangements around the event,” he said.

Charamba said several world leaders slotted for participation, including those from India, also withdrew their participation.

President Mugabe – who travelled with Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and other senior government officials — is expected back home in a few days.

He left for India on Tuesday to attend the festival, leaving Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa as Acting President.

Several world leaders had been invited, with some scheduled to address thousands of people from various countries, religions and cultures.

Top musical and arts groups were also billed to spice things up with performances that depict cultural diversity.

The event is organised by The Art of Living, an educational and humanitarian organisation that promotes peace via conflict resolution, disaster relief, education for all, sustainable rural development, women empowerment, environmental sustainability and prisoner rehabilitation.

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  • matshobane

    i wont lose any sleep at all because of our 92 year old living spirit’s failure to attend the summit.Attending or not attending the summit wont bring food on the table for the long suffering people of this nation.I feel sorry for the people of Zimbabwe.While others were remembering a fellow Zimbabwean, Itai Dzamara who was abducted by this government’s thugs, our living spirit together with his entourage were busy planning to squander tax payers money in India.Country run by power hungry vultures while the masses of people are suffering.

  • ya!

    who discovered the way to india..vasco da gama!!! heheeheee
    so tax payer funded trip for his excellence and all to wine and dine. whilst bulawayo kids starve!!.Remember its tax payers money. and now we are shown how the chefs chops the money

  • chinos

    Mmmmmu

  • Zarura Zimbabgwe

    Did he really “pull out”?

  • Mpisi

    Robert Gabriel Mgodoyi was once again treated like a piece of crap by the younger generation in these world summits. He was denied security and treated like scum hence his return. I have said it over and over that Robert Gabriel Mgodoyi is nothing in the world , he is an embarrassment to Zimbabwe , to himself , and what’s left of his family. At the UN he is kept on a short leash, Ivory Coast once refused his aircraft to land on its soil. Robert Mgodoyi is now a useless dog.

    • MakhosiXamu

      You are just an old tired pessimist busy regurgitating wild theories based on your war exploits that are not relevant to current realities on the ground., ngulungundu yegnga. titisi.

      • josefa chinotimba

        Another recalcitrant posting nonsense here.Mr editor remove this thing calling itself MakhosiXamu.

      • Mpisi

        Yours is a disgusting job in life. What are you going to do when Robert Gabriel Mgodoyi kicks the bucket. Jump in the grave with him?

        • MakhosiXamu

          Who kicks the bucket 1st is God’s responsibility. Who told you that Bob will 1st……. you might be the one who kicks the dust 1st. So don’t excite your little brain, man , be rational. I am free man and will never link someone’s death with my wishes. This is not my job. I only debate when ever i feel like. I am no mob follower or a gangster. In your postings you always words such thina/us etc ….. It is/was a blanket term-: implying that you engage in group discussions before coming on to this platform. i don’t have a structured mind. I don’t support Bob, but merely proffering a different view from a direction less crowd or mob, period..

          • Mpisi

            The time is coming, you will carry your sunglasses in a plastic bag to work mfana. You think if I use thina/us therefore I am narrating a view being proffered by some shadowy group. If this is your attempt at building a profile about me , I can assure you , you have failed spectacularly !! In your above post you call me old ….lol! The person who is old is Robert Gabriel Mgodoyi whom Joice refers to as a living spirit. Luyeza usuku okukhulu lokubhikisha nja!

  • Lunga

    …back in the next couple of days??So in the mean time what are they doing?shopping?

    • blarazonke

      Kkkkk, India is on Mars. You didn’t know?? M joking, they decided to come back by train.

  • Dube

    Culture event while people are starving and the economy is dying. ??? How many starving families would have been fed by the money wasted on this trip alone not mentioning the countless others that they are taking ?? some families are living on wild fruits like umnyii . Do those in power even care ?? Sooo sad for my country. Sometimes i wonder what we did to deserve this…

  • josefa chinotimba

    Bob Mugabe is coming back home because he was embarrassed by the Indian authorities who did not attend the ceremony and our own globe trotter ended up finding himself amongst strange faces,shame.

    • MakhosiXamu

      This lunatic is always off side. You must be one of the wild pigs.

      • josefa chinotimba

        Bloody idiot,mgodoyi!

        • MakhosiXamu

          I like your views even though they are wild and irrelevant.

          • Inside the walls of Bangladesh

            kwaaaa, kwaaaaa, another blown gasket

        • Inside the walls of Bangladesh

          Yo you mus” ve blown a gasket or somethin`!!

  • jj

    Very embarrassing! Indian PM did not “pull out”! He was not attending right from the start! How could he pull out of something he was not part of?

  • my zanupf

    only what he wanted was to take another trip continuing foking the nealy empty pocket of treasury. vanhu havasati vawana mabhonas, zvipatara hazvina even maARVs. Udzai Charamba audze Gire kuti chidzokai kumba fast musapedza mari veduweeee tapota hatichina mari,. SECURITY anofunga kuti ndekuno kwaanogadhiwa ne 1 quarter of ZNA, AIRFORCE, ZRP AND ZPS? FORGET COME AND GET YOUR SLEEP BHOBHORAFA

    • MakhosiXamu

      The issue of bonuses is non-event. The govt. is paying bonuses to undeserving evil servants who are fuelling corruption big. Teachers are rapists/thieves and the worst swindlers. ZRP officers are always looting from motorists. Govt. employees are good at receiving bribes for a shoddy services in their offices. The rest of comment is a pile of garbage premised on wild imaginations.

      • zwangendaba

        If they are evil, rapists, thieves and worst swindlers as you say it, why are they not all not fired? What is the root cause for them to be evil? Have they ever been like that ever since?

        • MakhosiXamu

          The Chronicle is deliberately deleting my postings. Civil servants are evil, period. Are you blind?.

          • N. Sithole

            You have a bone to chew with civil servants Jotham. Maybe watshay’utitsha ngerekeni. Get a life and move on ndoda.

          • Zuze

            DELETING YOUR OWN COMMENTS AGAIN HUH? Ndoda you are about to become a Gamatox.kikikikikikiki

  • Ghost of Sparta

    Mugabe is truly a living spirit. He just goes where ever he wants even though he is not wanted.

  • Jojochenjera

    I’ve had a quick perusal of this organization’s web page. Even a fool would have known that this trip was nothing but a junket for ‘our’ dear leader.
    http://www.artofliving.org/in-en/india

  • what a waste

    The guys that do his arrangement should have queried the Security Set up before he left only to cut short his stay what a waste just keep on wasting the money

  • Mkhusto

    Sicela back lemali edlalisiweyo iphelele futhi

  • Mk

    The truth is that he pulled out because of ill health……security is just a coverup…….security checks are done well in advance so thats a stupid excuse…….