Some media organizations in Ghana have reported that Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has cancelled his trip to Ghana where he was expected to be conferred with a Lifetime Africa Achievement Award by the Millennium Excellence Foundation.
According to Citi News, which quoted anonymous sources at the Zimbabwe Embassy in Accra, the trip was cancelled due to “domestic political issues in Zimbabwe.”
Citi news reported that there had been huge billboards in the national capital advertising Mr. Mugabe’s visit.
Other media organizations, 3News and Citi97.3fm also reported that a lecture organized by the Millennium Excellence Foundation has been cancelled. Citi97.3fm claimed that the trip was cancelled as President John Mahama was expected to be away on national business when Mr. Mugabe was supposed to be in Accra.
Zimbabwean authorities were not available for comment last night. The 92 year-old Zimbabwean leader was expected to be on an official state visit for four days.
Several Africans, including South Africa’s Tokyo Sexwale, footballer Emmanuel Adebayor and others are expected to receive awards for their sterling work in various fields. The event is set to go ahead without President Mugabe.
Zimbabwe has been of late been gripped by protests with citizens demanding an end to the current social and economic problems, which have reduced the majority of people to beggars.
Some are calling on the president, who has ruled Zimbabwe for 36 years, to step down for allegedly failing to run the country.