Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been invited to the inauguration ceremony of South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Monday.
But the invitation has raised political temperatures in the fragile government of national unity after a columnist in the state-controlled Herald newspaper Nathaniel Manheru, believed by many to be president Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson, George Charamba, attacked Mr. Tsvangirai for breaking the country’s laws by seeking campaign money from a foreign nation.
The article labels South Korea a “subaltern of americanised imperialism”. Mr. Tsvangirai is also expected to get an honorary doctorate from South Korea, his second one in three years.
President Mugabe has hitorical links with North Korea, which trained a crack army unit that massacred thousands of people in post-indepdence Zimbabwe.
Mr Tsvangirai’s advisor, Alex Magaisa told VOA that Mr. Tsvangirai’s visit is official. He dismissed claims that the prime minister is looking for campaign funding.