By Farai D Hove | The ZANU PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa has been blocked from flying to the United States by the United Nations General Assembly staff.
The development comes as Mnangagwa was planning to fly to the US as well as heading to the UK for a separate meeting.
Last year, UNGA was held virtually format as the world grappled with the COVID-19; But knowing this, Mnangagwa had this year totally ignored the current health crisis, deciding to continue flying to the US.
Mnangagwa’s COVID figures have been grossly misleading since the beginning of the pandemic last year, and the UN staff have refused to allow him entry, saying the upcoming general assembly should be held in the cloud instead.
The development was confirmed by Mnangagwa’s own spokesperson George Charamba who announced in writing saying:
“Organizers of the Assembly have recommended a hybrid Assembly where Member States have an option to either attend physically through country delegations, or virtually through online platforms.”
Below was the full press address
This year’s United Nations General Assembly is scheduled to take place from 214 to 27″ September, 2021, in New York, the United States of America. Key issues and decisions are set to be discussed and decided on in the course of the General Assembly. Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, organizers of the Assembly have recommended a hybrid Assembly where Member States have an option to either attend physically through country delegations, or virtually through online platforms.
In light of the continuing Covid-19 global threat, and to allow for the consolidation of reforms and recovery of our Economy whose fundamentals are pointing in a positive tratectory, His Excellency the President, Dr E.D.Mnangagwa, has this year decided not to attend the United Nations General Assembly In person. Instead, he will participate virtually via video conferencing. This mode includes his pre-recorded Address which Is slotted for Thursday, 23′ September, 2021, and any other High level Meetings occurring on the sidelines of the Main Debate.