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Zimbabwe Blocks Visit Of Concerned Elders

The government of Zimbabwe denied the right of three concerned world leaders to visit their nation in order to ascertain the state of human rights. Former president Jimmy Carter, former UN head, Kofi Annan and Graca Machel, were told they were not welcome in the country which currently is experiencing a devastating famine and collapsed economy due to the incredible incompetency and brutality of the Mugabe government. After telling them they could not come, Foreign Affairs Minister Mumbengegwi said,” the government of Zimbabwe has not barred Mr. Annan and his team from coming to Zimbabwe” and accused Annan of misrepresenting the statement which said they could not enter the country.

The Zimbabwean government said it welcomes “all those of good will” which translates to mean all those who agree with the Mugabe version of what is happening in Zimbabwe. The three were denounced for holding a press conference in South Africa to demean a government which is responsible for a 2,000,000% inflation rate and has driven three million from the country and now has about five million who are threatened with starvation. The real problem facing their country according to Mugabe is “misrepresentation” by the evil three elders.

Kofi Annan Visit Upsets President Mugabe

Former UN chief, Kofi Annan, who helped to negotiate peace in Kenya after a disputed presidential election, announced he was visiting Zimbabwe to examine the current situation and the devastating impact of the humanitarian crisis which has engulfed the nation. President Mugabe’s government which has refused to carry out its promise to share power with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change(MDC) denounced the visit as a “partisan mission.” Annan works with former US president Jimmy Carter and rights activist Grace Machel, former wife of Nelson Mandela, as a trio of “elders” whose goal is fostering peace and stability. “The purpose of our visit is to meet those working on the ground to better asses the extent of the crisis and how assistance can be improved.”

In the narcissistic world of Robert Mugabe he is never wrong and anyone who expresses an interest in furthering peace in his country is obviously “partisan.” The Elders have but one concern–the people of Zimbabwe. Mugabe has but one concern–maintaining power for himself and his fellow thugs and crooks who have exploited the wealth of Zimbabwe for their own personal gains.