Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa said he will not go in person to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Instead, it will be present at the event, which runs from 21 to 27 September 2021 virtually. His address is pre-registered and he will leave on 23 September 2021. In this way he will also participate in high-level meetings.
Mnangagwa says his decision was informed by the “continuing global threat of Covid-19”, as well as a desire to “allow our economy to reform and recover”.
We are not sure when the last Zimbabwe did not have a president at the UNGA. The late former president Robert Mugabe was a pillar there, a staple of the rest, and his fiery speeches were stoppers for the show. However, his successor doesn’t arouse the same kind of excitement when he speaks.
Overall, we think it was the right decision.
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