President leaves for India

Vice Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa (left) and Phelekezela Mphoko bid farewell to President Mugabe who left Harare for New Delhi,  India, yesterday. — (Picture by John Manzongo)

Vice Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa (left) and Phelekezela Mphoko bid farewell to President Mugabe who left Harare for New Delhi, India, yesterday. — (Picture by John Manzongo)

Morris Mkwate Sunday Mail News Editor
President Mugabe left for India yesterday to attend the World Cultural Festival which opens in the capital New Delhi this week.

Vice President Mnangagwa is Acting President.

The President, who is travelling with Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and other senior Government officials, was seen off at Harare International Airport by Vice Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, Cabinet ministers and service chiefs.

The festival celebrates cultural diversity across the globe and highlights growing unity among humans.

Several world leaders are expected to attend, with some scheduled to address thousands from various countries, religions and cultures.

Top musical and arts groups will then spice things up with performances that depict cultural diversity.

The event has been organised by The Art of Living, an educational and humanitarian organisation that promotes peace via conflict resolution, disaster relief, education for all, sustainable rural development, women empowerment, environmental sustainability and prisoner rehabilitation.

Philanthropist and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of India founded the organisation in 1981, and has helped 370 million-plus people in 155 countries.

All programmes are premised on Sri Sri’s philosophy, “Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world peace”.

The Art of Living says: “Culture binds us together and showcases our diversity. The underlying joy that culture brings resonates across the globe. “When we celebrate culture, we celebrate all our communities and enjoy the different expressions of the commonality. Building bridges between people and nations; it is culture that preserves our roots and deepens our bonds.”

Zimbabwe, too, is promoting cultural diversity and rural development. In September 2015, President Mugabe extracted the Culture component from the then Sports, Arts and Culture Ministry and fashioned out a full-fledged portfolio focused on Rural Development and Cultural Heritage.

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  • Tinovaziva

    Yawn. Yes! Yes! Forward with culture! Culture! Is important Gushungo! Whatever you say, yes! Yawn.

  • Shonhiwa

    Fascinating Presidential priorities elevating Culture to the highest importance? The Herald forgot to mention the three-day Cultural Festival starts on Friday March the 11th, so another week long all expenses taxpayer vacation for President Mugabe and his bunch of at least 80 accompanying acolytes will make another few million dollar hole in the fiscus.
    Barring any additional detours via Singapore on the way back, resolving Zimbabwe’s burning issues and the War Veterans meeting with the President will have to postponed until after next Monday.
    Who said man doesn’t live by bread alone?

    • Nkululeko

      Yesterday War Vet Minister Tshinga Dube denied he ever said Cde Mutsvangwa was relieved of chairmanship, blaming it on a Zimpapers journalist distorting his quotes.
      “What was said in the story is not true. All I can say is I have received a baptism of fire. Mutsvangwa is still the chairman,” he said.

  • gnomic

    world culture festival I think a minister responsible for that could have gone

  • Simbisai

    Disappointed citizens will once again be shaking their heads in disbelief as the President jets off abandoning problems of the burning nation, to enjoy a week of cultural festivities while millions of starving citizens don’t know where their next meal will be coming from!

  • Patriot

    Oh how lovely for him and his huge wasteful entourage. All is well back home of course….

  • Cde Samanyanga Dotito.

    I hereby vote that I have no confidence in Tarubva! He should be suspended from posting any thing that is negative to ZANU PF for four years.

    • gutu chitovah

      i think we should organise a vote of no confidence and recomend his expulsion from the fora which is an affiliate of the Party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! kkkkkk ichoooooooo

  • lovejoy

    I thought Mzembi should be the one attending this event

  • TTM

    @HeraldOnline you seem to be struggling to justify this attendance, “several world leaders”, “top musical and arts groups”, “full-fledged portfolio”. They threw you a curve-ball didn’t they? You were just not ready to spin this one. Next time then, maybe at the airport for the welcome you will be ready.

  • Jonah15

    The country is facing hunger and the best use of scant resources is to attend Cultural festival all the way in India and ZANU PF thinks it’s all good… sigh!

  • Robson Dambudzo

    Ko Minister wePsycomotor aripi. I was hoping to see him bidding farewell too..

  • Mhandu

    From reading the Indian press, surprisingly Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has decided not to attend this World Culture Festival in New Delhi. But as a few other minor heads of state, ex-Presidents, ex-others, and a few VPs with be there, no doubt President Mugabe felt it important to have the opportunity to mix with other leaders, and could be an invaluable experience to see what others do after leaving power?
    A few attending names invited as speakers for events. Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Vice-President of European Parliament Ryszard Czarnecki, Vice-President of Suriname Michael A Adhin, former Prime Minister of France Dominique de Villepin, and former Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani.

    • Jocund

      you are right there

    • TTM

      After the SADC and AU tenure the Invitations and Trips tray has thinned out, so whatever falls in there is good enough.

      • Guest Zvangu

        Only one African is listed as a speaker.Hon David Musabayana MP.

  • Mhlakazanhlansi

    like him or hate him Phelekezela Mphoko is a just a president by nature … just look at him around his ‘competition’!

  • Guest Zvangu

    And this festival starts Friday 11th March.Asi kure stereki ?