WASHINGTON D.C. —
The opposition Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai says it is disappointed in President Robert Mugabe’s decision to attend the Group of 20 or G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, at a great expense to a country operating on a shoe-string budget.
South Africa is the only African country that belongs to the G20 bloc, a grouping of the world’s 20 most powerful economies and Zimbabwe is not one of them.
Some reports say Mr. Mugabe is attending as the summit as the African Union chairperson.
The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation reported that the president was invited by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
But MDC-T spokesman Obert Gutu told VOA Studio 7 it is embarrassing that Zimbabwe, currently ranked among the 20 poorest countries in the world, has its leader participating at the ongoing G20 Summit.
“There are some summits which he should actually not go because some of these summits are not very pertinent, not very relevant to the issues that affect us as Zimbabwe,” said Gutu.
He added that Zimbabwe is a country that has an economy that has virtually collapsed, “an economy that is comatose”.