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Zimbabweans in Glasgow hold party to welcome Emmerson ‘the crocodile’ Mnangagwa





Zimbabweans have been spotted stocking up on booze and snacks to celebrate the arrival of their president at the Cop26 climate summit.

In pictures shared by the country’s information minister, two men are seen pushing trollies filled to the brim with bottles of whisky, wine, beer and crisps at a Costco store in Glasgow.

Video shows the men, sporting scarfs with the Zimbabwean colours, wheeling the packed trollies out of the store while saying ‘Cop 26 we are ready’.

Another of the men is heard saying: ‘We are welcoming the president Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa in Scotland, UK’.

The video was shared by Zimbabwe’s Information Minister, Nick Mangwana, who also Tweeted a video of men and women dancing on a beach to music.

However – amid criticism the video was ‘sending the wrong message’ about the climate conference – Mr Mangwana insisted no delegates were involved.

He said the celebrations were organised by Zimbabweans in the UK who wanted to welcome their president to the UK.

It is the first time a Zimbwabean state leader has visited the UK in 25 years.

Sharing the video, Mr Mangwana said: ‘Tonight there is a massive welcome party held in honour of HE President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa.

In pictures shared by the country's information minister, two men are seen pushing trollies filled to the brim with bottles of whisky, wine, beer and crisps at a Costco in GlasgowVideo shows the men, sporting scarfs with the Zimbabwean colours, wheeling the packed trollies, containing at least six bottles of Glenfiddich whisky, out of the store while saying 'Cop 26 we are ready'

In pictures shared by the country’s information minister, two men are seen pushing trollies filled to the brim with bottles of whisky, wine, beer and crisps at a Costco in Glasgow. Video shows the men, sporting scarfs with the Zimbabwean colours, wheeling the packed trollies, containing at least six bottles of Glenfiddich whisky, out of the store while saying ‘Cop 26 we are ready’.

Yesterday, Mr Mnangagwa met with other world leaders including Boris Johnson and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the Cop 26 climate summit

Yesterday, Mr Mnangagwa met with other world leaders including Boris Johnson and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the Cop 26 climate summit

Zimbabwe’s president supporters throw massive party in Glasgow

‘Glasgow is the place to be as Zimbabweans from all corners of the UK attend this shindig and welcome their President.

‘The party will spill over to the streets tomorrow. In the UK? Join the party.’

It is the first time Mr Mnangagwa, known as ‘the crocodile’ because of his political cunning, has visited the UK.

He was installed as president in November 2017 after his predecessor, Robert Mugabe, resigned following a military takeover and mass demonstration – which itself was sparked by the sacking of Mr Mnangagwa as deputy president.

Like his predecessor, Mr Mnangagwa is from the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF).

His faction in the party is known as Lacoste – after the French sportswear brand which has a crocodile for a logo.

Yesterday, Mr Mnangagwa met with other world leaders including Boris Johnson and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the Cop 26 climate summit.

It is the first face-to-face meeting between a UK and Zimbabwean state leader on British soil since then Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair met Mr Mugabe in Edinburgh 1997.

Relations between the two countries soured quickly after, with Blair pulling out of talks that year to fund Mr Mugabe’s controversial land reforms.

Yesterday, Mr Mnangagwa met with other world leaders including Boris Johnson and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the Cop 26 climate summit. It is the first meeting between a UK and Zimbabwean president on British soil since Tony Blair met Mr Mugabe in 1997 (pictured)

It is the first time Mr Mnangagwa (pictured), known as 'the crocodile' because of his political cunning, has visited the UK

It is the first time Mr Mnangagwa (pictured), known as ‘the crocodile’ because of his political cunning, has visited the UK

Zimbabweans dance on beach as they welcome their president at COP26

Mr Mugbae railed against Britain and its political leaders as they opposed the policy and his management of Zimbabwe’s economy.

Britain, the European Union and the United States placed targeted sanctions on the country to punish Zimbabwe over its human rights record, including persecution of journalists and failure to punish the security forces for abuses under Mr Mugabe.

They west have maintained the targeted sanctions, despite Mr Mugabe’s resigning as president.

Last week, UN rapporteur Alena Douhan urged the west to lift the sanctions, saying that they restrict public access to healthcare, food and sanitation.

However there remains concern over human rights abuses in Zimbabwe, with Human Rights Watch warning of a ‘decline’ in the situation in 2020 under Mr Mnangagwa’s presidency.

The New York based charity warns suspected state security agents abducted and tortured more than 70 critics of the government last year.

Separately, Amnesty warned that the Zimbabwean government had used the Covid-19 to place ‘severe restrictions’ on freedoms in the country.

‘Women were denied access to essential maternal health care, and violence against women and girls was widespread,’ Amnesty said.

Information minister Mr Mangwana’s decision to post pictures of the celebrations prompted a backlash from some on social media.

One Twitter user wrote: ‘Rest of the world: “The world is dying let’s come together and talk about it…”

‘ED Supporters: “Let’s go to Costco and buy alcohol”.

‘Nick (the official government spokesperson): “Let me promote this on social media.”

Another wrote: ‘Optics are very important, this does not look good.’

One twitter user asked what Zimbabwe was going to do about climate change, promoting a response from Mr Mangwana. He said: ‘We will cover that.

‘We covered bits this morning. For now Zimbabweans are welcoming their president to Glasgow.’

He also replied to those suggesting the men were part of the Zimbabwean delegation to say: ‘No delegate is there.’

Source: Daily Mail




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