Mugabe invited to Brussels summit

EU ambassador Aldo Dell’Ariccia said Mugabe had been invited to the summit

By Nomalanga Moyo
SW Radio Africa
07 February 2014

President Robert Mugabe is free to join other African and European Union (EU) leaders at a summit scheduled for April in Brussels, a western diplomat has said.

Topics for discussion at the two-day EU-Africa Summit will include peace, security, investment, climate change and migration.

Confusion over whether Mugabe would be travelling to Brussels arose when the state media quoted a cabinet minister saying that Mugabe, who is on the EU targeted sanctions list, had not been invited.

Other African leaders threatened to stay away from the Brussels meeting in solidarity with Mugabe, whom they recently elected AU deputy chairperson.

But EU ambassador Aldo Dell’Ariccia, who is also quoted in a Zim Independent newspaper report, says Mugabe was invited at the same time as other African leaders.

“He’s been invited as all the other African Heads of State, just as he’s been invited to previous EU-Africa summits,” Dell’Ariccia told SW Radio Africa Friday.

Asked about Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi’s remarks in the State media that Mugabe had been snubbed, Dell’Ariccia said the minister’s remarks came after the invitations, including Mugabe’s, had been issued.

The envoy said the summit is a platform for frank high-level discussions of issues of mutual importance to Africa and Europe and “so it is normal that President Mugabe will be invited”.

“The decision to invite Mugabe is independent from the restrictive measures and all members agree with that,” Dell’Ariccia said. He added that there are provisions in international law for people on targeted sanctions to attend such summits.

“But at the summit there will be open and frank discussion of different subjects and possibly, the situation of Zimbabwe will also be discussed,” he added.

An EU decision on the restrictive measures, still in place against President Mugabe and nine others, is expected around February 20th, ahead of the Brussels summit.

The European bloc has been steadily re-engaging with ZANU PF and has lifted most of the targeted measures, despite continuing human rights violations by the ZANU PF regime.

Some observers say the EU wants to lift the remaining restrictions and has been softening its stance on Harare, and that the country’s recent re-admittance into the global diamond trade proves this.

On Monday, UK based Zim activist Ephraim Tapa told SW Radio Africa that the EU has likely been engineering Mugabe’s acceptance back into diplomatic circles, “because there is a fight for access to Zimbabwe’s natural resources.”

Belgium, Europe’s diamond trade capital, successfully pushed for the lifting of measures that barred it from trading in Zimbabwe’s controversial Chiadzwa diamonds.

Tapa said similar “greedy” motives might have engineered Mugabe’s promotion to a top leadership position at the AU and Southern African Development Community, where he was recently elected deputy chairperson.



15 Responsesto “Mugabe invited to Brussels summit”

  1. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    There was no choice at all. It was either Mugabe had to attend the summit or the EU had to go it alone. Any of the two options was possible. Anyway, that was a brilliant decision by the European Union to invite the Vice Chairman of the African Union. Mamama dodi.

  2. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    There was only one choice to make by that European Union. It was either Mugabe had to attend the summit or the EU had to go it alone. Any of the two options was possible. Anyway, that was a brilliant decision by the European Union to invite the Vice Chairman of the African Union. Mamama dodi.

    • wilbert says:

      Sure thing! Do you really believe all the other African countries would have risked all for Mugabe? You are very naïve!

    • wilbert says:

      Poor Chimbwido you have had a real tough three weeks with all these stories of corruption and looting breaking right and left. You have denied there was no corruption and looting all these years and blamed the country’s economic melt-down on “illegal sanctions imposed by the West”.

      You are beside yourself over this piece of Belgium blind resolve to join the looting of Zimbabwe’s diamonds regardless of the reality on the ground. You are desperate indeed!

      Now that we have finally established that indeed there was rampant corruption and looting; and there are more stories to come, what we have seen are the ears of the hippo; do you still deny the economic melt down was indeed caused by the corruption and looting?

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        Of course, these are all eye catching made up stories for well known ulterior motives by this hopeless pirate radio station you work for. I do not agree with these inflated figures that are malicious and intended to hurt the Mugabe government. In any case, salaries for the Zimbabwean civil service and their parastatals are confidential. How is it possible that confidential salaries and wages for these guys are in the public domain? That is not possible. It is a fake. I promise you that I will find more details in this matter and advise accordingly. Ok?

        • THE BLACK ARISTOCRAT says:

          Knucklehead, nobody cares whether you agree with the figures or not ! Why? Because you have zero credibility!

          Can the billionaire racist Mugabe and his corrupt to the bone marrow service chiefs prove they have acquired their fabulous wealth legitimately? Of course not, since their salaries as state employees could’t justify 1% of the assets they have ‘acquired’. General Soloman Majuru estate on his death was estimated at $9billion, in a country with an annual GDP of $5billion – as the Americans said ‘go figure!’

          What do you call a Zanu PF politician or Service Chief with no hands? Trustworthy!

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            And how much do Bill Gates and Richard Branson of the virgin trains own? As a professed hedge fund manager, how much do you earn a year? Put your cards on the table.
            If you answer these questions satisfactorily, we can then take our discussion to another level.

        • wilbert says:

          You are in denial of the truth about corruption and looting because you do not want to have to then admit that it was all this criminal waste of resources that caused the economic melt-down and not the sanctions. I understand.

          The truth is no one has inflated the figures. Charamba himself has not denied he got US$ 100 000 last year because he knows the cat is out of the bag. Even you Chimbwido will soon accept there was rampant corruption and looting in Zimbabwe because more and more stories are going to come out.

          What we see now is but the ears of the hippo, the rest of the beast is hidden by the muddy water.
          People like Charamba know the details of the corruption and looting and they are not the sort of individual who would go quietly. He is a rat and it is in the DNA of rats to rat on the others so they do not suffer alone.

          You, Chimbwido will eat your words about S W Radio Africa being a “pirate radio” given to spreading “malicious” news because it will be clear it is people like you, Charamba and Mugabe who are the liars! Charamba and others are going to lose their loot and you are going to lose your head for all the suffering you inflicted and innocent blood you shed!

        • Common Sense says:

          The Herald Reported it in detail, with numbers…. so are you saying that the Herald ‘made things up’.

          Talk about shooting oneself in the foot

  3. wilbert says:

    The Zimbabwe economy is collapsing and there is nothing even the EU can do until the country returns to the rule of law.
    All these stories breaking out everyday of looting in PSMAS, City Council and of every government department being broke even the Police and Army are failing to pay their bills although they get the lion’s share of the nation’s wealth, etc. are true. They underline the extend of the rot!
    The EU and many other countries in the West were slow to realize just how incompetent Tsvangirai was and so they continued to prop him up. The idiot achieved absolutely nothing and they ended with a lot of egg on their faces. If they think Mugabe is the only game in town and so they have to deal with the tyrant then they are once again hopeless wrong.
    Mugabe and Zanu PF are rotten to the core; the whole dictatorship is collapsing. There may not be an alternative leadership on the ground for the EU to deal with but that is no excuse for dealing with a totally discredited regime that is in the process of destroying itself away!

  4. wilbert says:

    The Zimbabwe economy is collapsing and there is nothing even the EU can do until the country returns to the rule of law.

    All these stories breaking out everyday of looting in PSMAS, City Council and of every government department being broke even the Police and Army are failing to pay their bills although they get the lion’s share of the nation’s wealth, etc. are true. They underline the extend of the rot!

    The EU and many other countries in the West were slow to realize just how incompetent Tsvangirai was and so they continued to prop him up. The idiot achieved absolutely nothing and they ended with a lot of egg on their faces. If they think Mugabe is the only game in town and so they have to deal with the tyrant then they are once again hopeless wrong.

    Mugabe and Zanu PF are rotten to the core; the whole dictatorship is collapsing. There may not be an alternative leadership on the ground for the EU to deal with but that is no excuse for dealing with a totally discredited regime that is in the process of destroying itself away!

  5. wilbert says:

    The Zimbabwe economy is collapsing, the 34 years of misrule have taken a heavy toll and everything is falling apart. There is nothing even the EU can do save Mugabe and Zanu PF; we need to restore the rule of law and sanity in country.

    All these stories of corruption and looting at PSMAS, City Council and the country being broke so much so that even the Police and Army are failing to pay their bills although they always get the lion’s share of the nation’s wealth, etc. are true. And what we have seen so far are but the ears of the hippo, the
    corruption and looting has been going on for decades, the rest of the ugly
    beast is still hidden under the mudded waters.

    It is not the need to help Zimbabwe out of the mess that is driving the EU to
    re-engage with the Mugabe regime but the EU’s own selfish interests. The
    Chinese, Indians, Lebanese, and Israelis have been doing brisk business with Mugabe, especially in the trade of bloody diamonds; and Europe wants a piece of the action, especially Belgium!

    Israel helped Mugabe stay in power by master minding the vote rigging of the July 2013 Zimbabwean elections. Mugabe hoped he would get away with it but he failed because the demands for him to make public the voters’ roll, the smoking gun, have been getting louder. Similarly, the EU’s lifting of the sanction and re-engaging with the Mugabe regime will only delay the final demise of this tyrannical regime that is all.

    What both the Israelis and now the EU are offering is false medicine. The root causes of Zimbabwe’s devastating economic problems are mismanagement, corruption and looting, they are the cancers. The cure is to remove the cancer by dismantling the Zanu PF dictatorship. The Israelis do not want the cancer removed because they are profiting from the chaos and suffering of Zimbabweans. The EU’s massive dose of pain-killers will relief the pain but make the cure that much more difficult and painful as the cancer will spread.

  6. Yepec says:

    Is this the excuse the European Union needed to invite Mugabe to Brussels? Who threatened the EU to schedule the 20th February 2014, meeting, coerced the Belgians to trade in the Marange, bloody diamonds, asked the EU to hold talks on ways to improve relations with Zimbabwe plus its removal of some individual and Company names from the original list? This happened despite the worsening situation in Zimbabwe, (i) Mugabe’s usual rants against the West (ii) his rigging of the 31 July 2013 polls to which the EU was not invited as observers because it and its member countries are not regarded as friends.

    The African Union had been trooping to these Brussels talks annually for the past decade yet the sanction list was in existence. The invitation to Brussels talks is meaningful only when Mugabe is appointed the AU Vice Chairman (hypocrisy in action)? Was Zimbabwe not hurting while the AU was flying to Brussels?

    To prove the point listen to the approval of the resident and national of Britain (our Prime Minister’s speech on New Year), says, “Anyway, that was a brilliant decision by the European Union to invite the Vice Chairman of the African Union. Mamama dodi”. Really, fake, Chimbwido Warvet, you amaze the readers of how you constantly reveal your real self and the point of the matter to Zanu PF – the mask is never on as you pretend.

  7. mike hondo says:

    i cant see what all the fuss is about mugabe attending this meeting as there is no security, no investment, no climate change,no migration aids or forex in the country and mugabe and his entourage always just falls asleep during the meetings so he his of no use to zimbabweans anyway. WE should send peter thatshall to arrest him for election fraud

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      Peter will never want to encounter the problem he faced the other year with the Mugabe security. He will not want to listen to anybody bent at sacrificing him because he had a really torrid time when he attempted to carry out a citizens arrest of Mugabe.

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