Mugabe's delegation..... denied entry at the World Cup
President Robert Mugabe was yesterday embarrassed and
humiliated by 2010 World Cup organisers when a large delegation
accompanying him was denied entry into Soccer City stadium for the
official opening of the soccer showcase, Zimdiaspora can reveal.
Sources at the Zimbabwean embassy in South Africa told Zimdiaspora
that Mugabe was accompanied by a delegation of over 50 people, but
organisers barred all of them saying they were not invited and
An official at the embassy said only Mugabe himself, the first lady
Grace and foreign affairs minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi were allowed
into Soccer City for the Official opening of the World Cup.
“It was a very embarrassing moment as Mugabe’s people tried to force
themselves into the stadium arguing that they were VIP’s by virtue of
being part of a Presidential delegation. However, the organisers could
have none of that and they were calmly told to leave as they were not
invited,” he said.
The Embassy Official said those denied entry into Soccer City were
Mugabe’s Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) agents, senior Zanu
PF officials, the dictator’s children and relatives, as well as state
Senior government officials close to Mugabe among them the rabid
permanent secretary of media, information and publicity George
Charamba were also denied entry.
Charamba is now considered a threat to the Government of National
Unity due to his constant personal attacks and undermining of Prime
Minister Morgan Tsvangirai through the Zanu PF propaganda mouthpiece,
the Herald and ZBC.
The Embassy Official said soon after being denied entry to the
official opening of the World Cup, Mugabe’s people rushed to open
shopping malls in Sandton to spend the thousands of dollars they were
given in travel and subsistence allowances.
“Zimbabwe Embassy staff all over the world are struggling to survive
because of inadequate funding but Mugabe prefers to waste taxpayers
money by coming along with such a huge delegation of cronies. This is
typical of dictators. They only reward relatives and people who keep
them in power,” he said.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his deputy Professor Arthur
Mutambara were also at the official opening of the World Cup, but they
both traveled separately with Mugabe. Tsvangirai reportedly traveled
with his new found love Locadia Tembo, a local businesswoman.