Speaking in a radio interview this morning, presidential spokesperson George Charamba said that the Shutdown Zimbabwe situation is not the main reason President Mnangagwa came back to the country. He said the main reason was the British, Germans and French were not going to Davos so there was no point in attending. Charamba said Zimbabwe crisis was a “residual” reason.
He pointed out 3 things:
- When we left Harare we had targeted 3 critical delegations Germans, French and the British. The 3 aborted the trip to Davos and it was unnecessary to go to Davos.
- The success of the trip so far had far exceeded our expectations and the president was anxious to get back home to start implementing needs of the deals with the Belarusians.
- Residual issue of unrest back home was not a big issue as the situation had stabilised. Vice President Chiwenga even advised the Mnangagwa to continue his trip to Davos.