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President Robert Mugabe’s government has moved to set up an embassy in the United Arab Emirates. The embassy, it would seem, will have no major diplomatic task to handle except to oversee the sale of the country’s diamond exports to the rich country, an international hub for diamond trade. Mugabe flew off to Dubai Saturday to land support to the task as well as cut a few deals with the Arabs, as his government battles to revive an economy that could soon start failing to pay its workers. Mugabe, 90, is hard pressed to find a quick solution to the country’s worsening economic situation as companies continue to shut down citing viability problems while offloading thousands onto the country’s jobless market. Ever since diamonds were discovered in Chiadzwa 2006, Zimbabweans are yet to realise the full benefits of their country’s diamond endowment.
President Robert Mugabe will not attend a European Union-Africa summit next week if his wife is denied a visa to travel with him. Mugabe, 90, and his wife Grace are subject to travel bans by the EU because of allegations about human rights abuses and election-rigging but the union allowed Zimbabwe’s sole ruler to attend the meeting after pressure from the African Union. The two-day summit starts on April 2 in Brussels. “We are sovereign and equals and the EU cannot decide on our delegations. The president, and Zimbabwe will not be there if they continue to hold out on the visa,” Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba said. EU ambassador to Zimbabwe Aldo Dell’Ariccia told a local radio station on Friday the bloc had not given a visa to Grace because there was no program for wives of presidents and there was no need for her to attend.
A former financial attache at the Kenyan Embassy in Zimbabwe declined to take a plea over allegations of misappropriation of Sh5 million while on duty. Margaret Ayumu Katunga, through her lawyer Nzamba Kitonga, told Nairobi Principal Magistrate Peter Ndwiga that the allegations against her can only be handled by a Zimbabwean court. Ms Katunga is facing ten counts of stealing by a person employed in the public service contrary to section 280 of the penal code. The lawyer said the Kenyan court did not have the jurisdiction to listen to the matter as the alleged offence was committed in Zimbabwe. Before the accused takes her plea it must be noted that this court does not have the jurisdiction to hear this case as it was committed outside Kenya. The offence was committed in Harare it can only be heard in Zimbabwe, he said.
Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Australia has asked for political asylum just days before her term ends saying she fears for her safety if she goes home. Jacqueline Zwambila, who is a member of Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was appointed to Australia to renew ties between the countries after a unity government was formed in Zimbabwe in 2009. MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai shared power with veteran leader Robert Mugabe in the unity government until a July 31 election which Mugabe won. The opposition rejected the vote as fraudulent but it was largely endorsed by African observers as free and credible. “I am not going to be returning to Zimbabwe,” Zwambila told Australia’s Fairfax media. Zwambila said the election had been “stolen” by an “illegitimate” government and she would not feel safe going home. Zwambila, who was recalled along with other envoys after Mugabe took office again, has been accused in Zimbabwe of conduct not befitting a diplomat, media in Zimbabwe has reported. Zwambila has voiced fears of detention if she were to return home, saying she had been threatened with arrest in Zimbabwe after a court found that she owed some money to a tradesman. She denies the charge. Australia joined the United States and Britain in questioning the credibility of the July election.
Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Australia Ms Jacqueline Zwambila stands to lose property worth over US$2 700 that is set to be attached from her Norton home after she failed to settle a debt. According to a report by the Zanu PF controlled Sunday Mail newspaper this follows the successful application for a default judgment by a local construction company that accuses Ms Zwambila of failing to settle a US$2 429 debt emanating from renovations done at her house in January this year. Chaliff Construction recently won a default judgment that saw its director, Crispen Dangirwa, being armed with a warrant of execution to recover the sum of US$2 769 through attaching property from the envoy’s home.
The case in which Zimbabwe’s controversial ambassador to Australia Jacqueline Zwambila is suing a journalist for defaming her following an allegation that she stripped naked before embassy staff members began. Zwambila reportedly stripped her clothes in front of embassy staff in protest that they were leaking information to the state media. She however managed to bring an Australian newspaper that re-published the news to its knees as she snatched an out of court settlement of at least 60,000 dollars. The major reason used for pulling down the Australian paper was that their journalists failed to obtain her personal comment before publishing the story. But not long after that, she triggered greater suspicion as she ironically ignored and continued to snub journalists seeking consultation on the same matter.
A case of murder and attempted murder has been opened over the killing of Zimbabwean embassy official Lucky Hakueri at the weekend, according to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID). It was reported in The Star newspaper on Monday that Hakueri was shot dead in his car in Pretoria, allegedly after a police officer mistook him for a hijacker. While authorities and the Zimbabwean embassy both said the embassy could not provide much information, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate said that investigations into the incident had begun. The directorate’s national spokesman, Moses Dlamini, said that the investigation was in its early stages and the postmortem was to be conducted. While Tamuka Muranga of the Zimbabwean embassy would not be drawn to comment on the matter on Monday, a staff member at the embassy told BDlive that elders in Hakueri’s family had been notified of his death and would make their way from Zimbabwe.