- SA’s Zimbabwe ambassador Mphakama Mbete cautions DA’s Mmusi Maimane to not go ahead with his trip to Zim
- Maimane will be making his trip to Zim to meet with officials from the country’s opposition party, even though on a similar trip to Zambia, he was turned away at the airport
- There continues to be extreme civil unrest in Zim and Maimane wants to rally against it
South African ambassador for Zimbabwe, Mphakama Mbete, has given DA leader Mmusi Maimane a firm warning to steer clear of Zimbabwe’s politics in light of Maimane’s plans to visit the country this week.
Briefly.co.za found out how Mbete cautioned that it’s likely that Maimane will be immediately turned away at the Zimbabwe airport, just as he was from Zambia in 2017.
Maimane explained earlier this week that the purpose of his visit to Zimbabwe will be to meet with main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa of MDC as well as former MDC leader Tendai Biti.
Zimbabwe’s ruling party, Zanu PF, was unhappy with Maimane’s announcement and accused the DA leader of taking an “aggressive” stand.
Maimane explained that, “The purpose of this visit is to seek practical solutions to the ongoing crisis, and garner support across the region for much-needed intervention in Zimbabwe.”
According to The Citizen, Mbete reminded Maimane of the DA leader’s trip to Zambia two years back and expressed his concern that Maimane, “could be deported at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe international airport by the Zimbabwe government the same way he was deported at the Kenneth Kaunda international airport in May 2017”.
Maimane claimed that he wanted to “drum up support and show solidarity with Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema,” but was promptly prevented from entering Zambia and sent on the first flight back to South Africa.
The DA have expressed their concern for Zimbabwe’s political predicament in light of the civil unrest that was sparked earlier this month after President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced a countrywide fuel hike, which forces citizens to pay more than double the original petrol price.
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