ZANU PF ‘not bothered’ by US snub

Barack Obama invited 47 African leaders to the US-Africa summit but did not include Robert Mugabe

By Alex Bell
SW Radio Africa
23 January 2014

ZANU PF has stated it is “not bothered” by the US decision not to invite Robert Mugabe to a landmark summit, set to be hosted by Barack Obama later this year.

47 African leaders will receive invites to the US-Africa summit being held in August, with the Obama administration looking to widen trade, development and security ties with African nations.

The invites are only being extended to those nations in ‘good standing’ with the US, or who are not currently suspended by the African Union. This means Mugabe, who remains targeted under the US government’s restrictive measures, will not be included.

Asked to comment on this ‘snub’, Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba was quoted by the NewsDay newspaper as saying: “The world is larger than America. So we are not bothered.”

He added: “In any case, it would have been very cynical for an American President presiding over runners of sanctions against Zimbabwe to invite its president for dinner.”

Former Zimbabwean diplomat Clifford Mashiri said the US was “making a clear statement” by not following the lead of other Western nations who have been attempting to re-engage with the Mugabe regime.

“The US is sending a clear signal that Mugabe’s administration is illegitimate. So it is just registering this point to the world that he’s not welcome,” Mashiri said.

He added that this was in strong contrast to the position taken by European nations, which have been steadily working to welcome Zimbabwe back into the fold. These re-engagement efforts have persisted, despite the disputed elections in July 2013.

“The US is taking an independent position, and with regards to the illegitimate regime in Zimbabwe, I would like to think this position will not change just because Europe is re-engaging,” Mashiri said.

Other countries who will not be invited to the US-Africa summit include Egypt, Madagascar and Sudan. However, Kenya’s leader Uhuru Kenyatta is set to be part of the summit, despite facing charges before the International Criminal Court.

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33 Responsesto “ZANU PF ‘not bothered’ by US snub”

  1. Jose Campos Torres says:

    If the Zanoids are not bothred, why are they even talking about it. It is common knowledge Achimwene is under US restrictions so Obama cannot violate US laws by inviting Mugabe.

  2. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    For years, Zimbabwe has not enjoyed economic ties with the United States due to the illegal economic sanctions against the people of this country. President Obama could not have invited a country it considers as rebel to its dictates and which it has slapped with illegal sanctions. Any invitation of the country by President Obama would have violated the laws of the United States we are fully aware. That Zimbabwe was not invited, does not surprise us at all. The question should be, do we really care? We are used to the US State Department’s treatment of Zimbabwe and we really do not care.

    Let the US State Department invite whoever they like. It is its right to make choices as to which African States it wants to engage with. Similarly Zimbabwe has an equal right to do just that.
    I, however, have a feeling that the US no longer has a meaningful role to play on the African continent where the Chinese have made huge investments in almost all of the African States. The US has to be highly competitive if it is to succeed on the African continent.

    • wilbert says:

      Zimbabwe is broke and it was not because of the sanctions but the reckless spending by Mugabe to fund the vote rigging programme. Paying $13 million to Nikuv, $ 10 million each to some PR company in the US and UK, hundreds of millions buying new cars for Zanu PF parliamentary candidate so they would not stage another operation bora musango as happened in 2008, spend billions bussing the paid Zanu PF supporters to attend rallies and then to vote, etc. Well the chickens have come home to roost!

      Zimbabwe is broke and the economy has already gone into a dangerous nose-dive. The next sure thing is the crash!

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        Well, you need to do a bit of research to establish for yourself just how broke the United States is at present. As of today, it has a staggering debt of 4 trillion dollars although it is continually borrowing to service its mounting debt and finance military adventures abroad. Over 50 million people are currently unemployed as Wall Street bankers and corporations are relocating to the Far East where they consider investment climate is more conducive than the United States. And in the process, leaving job seekers the majority of which are coming straight from universities stranded and with nothing to look forward to. It is a disaster especially when it is a country that has been considered a super power for generations. Quite frankly, the balance of economic and military power is shifting in favour of the Far East. If the US military uniforms and other military wares are being manufactured in China right now, it spells disaster for the United States. These are difficult economic times, Wilbert.

        Over and above the aforementioned economic difficulties bedevilling the US, the banking crisis that originated from this country, has negatively exposed the US Dollar as the major international currency of exchange. A number of countries are now debating as to whether they could accept the US Dollar, a currency that is not backed by anything of value, as a commodity of exchange in international trade. The US is now just a paper tiger kana kuti zizi risina nyanga blaz. Do a bit of reading and as a our political commentator at that pirate radio station and journalist too, you can easily find the truth for yourself.

        • Jose Campos Torres says:

          We are only interested in the endebtedness of Zimbabwe and how we can reduce the 80% unemployment rate. Why do we want to remove the splinter in the US’s eye when we have a log in ours?

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            I have a responsibility to inform my constituency on the origins of Zimbabwe’s economic plight. A narrative that does not give a full explanation is not helpful to my people who are eager to learn and that is what I am set to do. As far as I am concerned, any narrative that leaves out the banking crisis in the United States that has massively contributed to the global economic meltdown, will be incomplete.

          • THE BLACKL ARISTOCRAT says:

            My constituency ?? My people?????

            I’d lay off the crack pipe if i were you !

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Oh yes, oh yes, my constituency and my people are of crucial importance. They have to know the truth so that they are not influenced by lies and deceit that are daily peddled by this pirate radio station, including you.

        • wilbert says:

          You continue to live in your own imaginary world because comparing a country like the US with all its wealth, high productivity, etc. with a failed state like Zimbabwe whose economic indicators are off the scale shows you are off the rocker. Unemployment in the USA is 7% to 9% compared to 85% plus for Zimbabwe. This is not comparing oranges and bananas but more like oranges and sawdust!

          I saw a recent video of Mugabe; he must have been high on his medication, he did not know where he was. You too are like that; you do not know where you are. You never stopped to think that the Zanu PF dictatorship would end and now the whole edifice is collapsing and you are so shocked you are now hallucinating!

          Well you will recover soon now, it is important that you know what is happening when they hang you for what you did during your reign of terror in Mbare.

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            High productivity in the United States when corporations are relocating to the Far East? Are you hallucinating former Wilbert Muroyi, now The Black Aristocrat? If we go by your percentages of 9% unemployment rate, for a population of 417539000 according to the census of 2013, it implies that 38 million people are without jobs in a country that considers itself a super power of the world. But the accurate rate for unemployment in the US is far greater than your estimate you have just picked from the air.

            Even if we use your inaccurate rate of unemployment in the US, the number of people without jobs in this country is almost three times the entire population of Zimbabwe. This is a disaster of unimaginable proportion for a superpower. It spells disaster for this country.

          • wilbert says:

            And what is Zimbabwe’s figure?
            You have run away from Zimbabwe to escape the chaos there and now spend all your time saying deny there is no chaos! There are others who are facing these hardships daily, hardship you say are no there.

            You have also denied the regime has not murdered anyone, I know better. This time I will see to it that those responsible are held to account and that includes you. You can deny these crimes just as you have been denying the economic chaos but you will not deny the hangman’s rope round your neck when the time comes!

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            The issue at stake here is the US and EU debt crisis. It is not about who ran away from Zimbabwe as I never told anyone where I am right now. But this economic disaster is there for all to see and experience. Nobody can wish it away because it already biting all people across the globe, Zimbabweans included. I have never denied that we have both economic and political problem that are mainly caused by people like you.

          • wilbert says:

            No the issue is not US and EU debt crisis; the Americans and Europeans are solving that themselves and they have never begged from Mugabe for help. The issue here is Zimbabwe’s political and economic mess. The latter caused by decades of gross mismanagement, rampant corruption and all-out looting spree. And by rigging the elections tyrants like Mugabe denied the nation the chance to deal with the mess. Morons like you are paid by the tyrant to spread all manner of propaganda and lies to cover up for the regime’s failures.

            You are in UK where some back street dodge college has offered you a job as a lecturer in rhetorical nonsense. You were foolish enough to think of going back to Zimbabwe a few weeks ago and even your stupid wife knew that was a stupid idea and told you she divorce you.

            She could not be the cleverest girl on the block to have married a moron like you still even she could see the whole Zanu PF edifice is imploding and falling apart.

            Mugabe and Zanu PF are finished and so are you. The only thing you can now look forward to is your day in court and then your date with the hangman! It is my promise to you that you will not miss these two crowning moments of your murderous life!

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Oh yes, it is the Wall Street bankers that have screwed up the global economy. They have screwed up the dollar as the reserve currency of the world and the global economy, Zimbabwe included is in economic turmoil as a consequence of their foolish behaviour. Mugabe and ZANU PF were no where nearer the Wall Street bankers and their corporations that have held the world to ransom.
            The US President you see above, knows it and that explains why he bailed out failing banks and corporations in the United States using taxpayers’ funds. Ask your American friends if you have any and they will tell you that they were not happy with his foolish idea of bailing out failed corporations and banks because there is no business that is too big to fail.

    • succuba says:

      Can you name these “illegal economic sanctions” Chimbwido?

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        The question of illegal economic sanctions on Zimbabwe has been an area of intense debate for years that I have addressed on this forum on many occasions. I therefore have no intention whatsoever to repeat the same thing over and over again. I am sure, if you want to know, you can do your own research. The internet is a blessing in disguise. It gives all the answers to all questions posed if one takes a bit of time to carry out a research. You can even visit libraries in your area to read books written by academics and intellectuals on the illegal economic sanctions. Nobody can cheat you or Chimbwido Warvet, because it is all in black and white.

    • Toussant says:

      I think by and large the American public may not tolerate the wanton environment destruction in Africa by American companies as is being done by the Chinese conglomerates in their haste to strip Africa of its natural resources so yes in the short term the US may not have a meaningful role to play on the African continent! But when mass starvation comes as sure as it will following the clearing of forests and siltation of rivers then we will see our true friends. Have you seen the Save River or any recent aerial fotos from Marange?

    • Jose Campos Torres says:

      Chinamasa came back empty handed from the Chinese. Capitalism has gripped the whole world. Political ideology and business don’t mix as the Chinese impressed on Chinamasa and his dekegation.

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        My friend, the United States has entered a deep slump, which
        is remorselessly spreading around the globe. Warning the US Congress against
        complacency, the financier George Soros once warned the United States
        government a few years ago that ‘the global capitalist system which has been
        responsible for the western world’s prosperity was falling apart at the seams’.
        At present some economic commentators are warning of the onset of a world
        depression reminiscent to the Great Depression of 1929. We are beginning to see
        the signs which are glaring clear.

        The capitalist ruling elite is currently realising and
        experiencing a nightmare they are now facing not only an economic disaster but also the beginnings of a deep social and political crisis. This is already clear in the Americas and Western Europe. Far from being merely a cyclical
        downturn, cumulative losses are leading to a breakdown of society’s productive capacity, opening the door to social turmoil and political upheavals. The banking crisis we are currently experiencing is just the overture. It has also
        begun to dawn on the political establishments all over the world that as the economic contagion is spreading, political turmoil will also become a world-wide epidemic. Unemployment and the lowering of standards of living are
        issues of concern in the Americas, the European Union and the African continent. Real economic growth is currently only in the Far East and to some extent Brazil, the so-called emerging economic markets.

        The intoxicating aroma of capitalist triumphalism which
        flourished after the collapse of Stalinism has evaporated since 2008 when the housing market collapsed in the United State as a consequence of the banking crisis. The capitalist model that has been so popular on Wall Street and in
        academia since the end of the Second World War has been shattered completely and so has been the US dollar that the entire world had come to accept as the major currency of exchange is also in shreds. We are all in trouble, my friend and that is a fact no one in his full faculties can deny.

  3. wilbert says:

    I agree with Clifford Mashiri that the EU was itching to re-engage with Zimbabwe, especially Belgium the spackle of Zimbabwe’s diamonds has been irresistible. But the speed of Zimbabwe’s economic collapse is forcing even the Belgians to reconsider.

    Mugabe has spent so much money in the vote rigging he has literally bankrupted the nation. Zimbabwe is broke.

    When the regime should be backing over backwards to restore confidence and help the economic recovery; Mugabe has been doing the exact opposite. He has continued to promote his indigenisation policy – everyone knows it is looting by another name. And as if that was no bad enough the tyrant spending a lion’s share of the nation’s dwindling wealth building a Spy University, internet and mobile phone monitoring equipment, gun and tear-gas. The tyrant has gone potty!

    In any other country one would be looking to parliament to rein in the wayward president; sadly not so in our case. Zimbabwe’s parliamentarians are renowned for being lackeys to the Zanu PF tyrant but this current crop takes the biscuit. They all know that the elections were rigged and they owe their place in the house to Mugabe and so naturally they will never ever dream of standing up to him even on a life and death issue!

    The EU will be stupid to re-engage with a regime that is imploding – the lure of Marange diamonds is not strong enough to make even the Belgians lose their head!

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      The Belgians are not coming to Zimbabwe for a holiday but to do business. Do you think they can listen to lightweight like you. Belgium has a resident Ambassador and entourage in this country whose terms of reference is to advise their government on what business opportunities there are in Zimbabwe. They have already made their decision which no political commentator for that pirate radio station can change. That the Belgian businessmen are already scouting around for business opportunities is real and is happening right now. They know what they want from us and so is Zimbabwe. Actually they want our precious metals which they will exchange with their Euro, just a paper without an intrinsic value but which the European Union governments just declared that it is the currency of exchange. That is what it is. Imagine you just printing a piece of paper and then declare that from today that is the currency your pirate radio station is going to use from now on. It will be criminal but that is what all government do.

      • HE BLACK ARISTOCRAT says:

        You still fail to understand that the EURO is backed by an economy with a GDP of some $15 trillion ! It would take the current Zimbabwean economy 3,500 years to generate that figure!

        The reason why the Zimbabwean dollar became used as toilet paper was because Mugabe’s disastrous economic policies bankrupted the country, which removed all support for holding the currency. Mugabe knew this was going to happen, but did nothing to stop it for selfish political reasons.

        That that is why he insisted his ugly mug was not under any circumstances to be printed on the high value banknotes, in order to prevent the Zimbabwean people from having the huge enjoyment and satisfaction of being able to wipe their backsides on his face !

        Do yourself a favour and get someone who understands these things to teach you the basics of finance and economics – you’re making a complete fool of yourself !

        • Chimbwido Warvet says:

          A hedge fund manager like you who does not appreciate the United States and the European Union are experiencing a debt crisis is as good as dead. I can not debate with an idiot who is not well read and can not do his own empirical research. All world renowned academics and intellectuals who are concerned about the crisis we are currently embroiled in are not that stupid. Keep looking for pies in the sky my friend and let those who want to know the truth realise that we are in trouble. We are in it together and nobody is going to escape this catastrophe of massive proportions.

          Zimbabwe is now declining the use of the South African Rand and very soon the United States Dollar will follow suit. These are all paper money with numbers printed on them but with nothing of intrinsic value. People accepted them because they had faith in their paper money with numbers only printed on them but that faith is fading dissipating or fading away, if you like.

          • THE BLACK ARISTOCRAT says:

            You have been listening to too many left wing academics and consequently are well behind the curve as to what is actually going on in the wider world.

            Ill educated knuckleheads like you, masquerading as pseudo intellectuals on the strength of having undertaken a little further education, which has largely gone straight over your head, do not have a clue what you are talking about !

            I do this very successfully for a living son – take my advice, with your very limited macro economic knowledge, understanding and awareness, you would be slaughtered if you tried to make a living from the global equity markets.

            If Zimbabwe, under Mugabe and Zaun PF’s military dictatorship is such a great place to live as you constantly remind everyone – why as one of their shameless cheerleaders do you not practise what you preach and actually live there yourself?

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            There we go again, ‘why as one of their shameless cheerleaders do you not practise what you preach and actually live there yourself’? Suggesting that if I express my views on what I firmly believe to be the truth, then I should not live where I live right now. I say to you f++++k you man. You do not have a monopoly of views. If you do not agree with my views, just do me a favour by not reading my articles. After all, you do not pay me for reading my articles. Let they be a civilised debate.

          • succubaa says:

            Avoiding the question then….

            Was the question too difficult or is it the answer you are having problems with?

            Why don’t you live in Zimbabwe?

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            This country I am living in is my country and no one can wish it away. Nobody I know has been stripped of his citizenship or nationhood for speaking the truth and his f++++g mind. Keep looking for pies in the sky and pray everyday for the Messiah to come down to Mother Earth to save us from the mayhem we are all confronted with right now. The 1% at Wall Street in the United States, has screwed the world economy which is in shreds and you think this is a joking matter. You are unbelievable.

          • succuba says:

            Still dodging questions then.. *shakes head

      • wilbert says:

        @ Chimbwido

        Belgium has a big diamond industry and in the last ten years it has lost a lot of the business to Israel. The Jews did not only have no quims dealing in bloody diamonds but were willing to help Mugabe, through Nikuv, to rig the elections so they can continue to benefit from the continuing chaos in Zimbabwe. Belgium is hot to join in the rip off.

        Since the rigged elections, Zimbabwe’s economic collapse has alarmed many people. The EU and even Belgium is not as keen as it was to go back to Zimbabwe. It is wishful thinking on your part to say there Belgian businessmen in Zimbabwe “scout for business opportunities”. There are no business opportunities. If anyone is still in Zimbabwe then they must be scouting for looting opportunities. The new Minister of Mines said he has been bombarded with bribes. Other than that, only fools would rush in now!

  4. wilbert says:

    I agree with Clifford Mashiri that the EU was itching to re-engage with Zimbabwe, especially Belgium the spackle of Zimbabwe’s diamonds has been irresistible. But the speed of Zimbabwe’s economic collapse is forcing even the Belgians to reconsider.

    Mugabe has spent so much money in the vote rigging he has literally bankrupted the nation. Zimbabwe is broke.

    When the regime should be backing over backwards to restore confidence and help the economic recovery; Mugabe has been doing the exact opposite. He has continued to promote his indigenisation policy – everyone knows it is looting by another name. And as if that was no bad enough the tyrant spending a lion’s share of the nation’s dwindling wealth building a Spy University, internet and mobile phone monitoring equipment, gun and tear-gas. The tyrant has gone potty!

    In any other country one would be looking to parliament to rein in the wayward president; sadly not so in our case. Zimbabwe’s parliamentarians are renowned for being lackeys to the Zanu PF tyrant but this current crop takes the biscuit. They all know that the elections were rigged and they owe their place in the house to Mugabe and so naturally they will never ever dream of standing up to him even on a life and death issue!

    The EU will be stupid to re-engage with a regime that is imploding – the lure of Marange diamonds is not strong enough to make even the Belgians lose their head!

  5. Gandanga mu Mumoza says:

    Charamba we no you if you had been invited your Robert was going with the whole Zanu pf legislators ,is that not true. Now you have been snubbed and you are saying you are not bother, who are these 47 that are going , where are your African friends, open your eyes you need America and America does not need you. Zanu pf R.I.P.

  6. suomi says:

    Yes they are not worried by the US snub as Mugabe would have been an odd one in that group in many ways and not the least his age. In any case its real worry is trying to beg a few millions to keep the kids of the poor in school. Talk of policy incoherance and saving face kikikikikikiki

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