Zimbabwe’s president plans to stop by Rome for a food summit sponsored by the United Nations, a fact that Australia’s foreign minister finds “frankly obscene.” He’s not alone in his disdain for Robert Mugabe, who has transformed Zimbabwe from one of Africa’s bread baskets into a place of chronic hunger.
The presence of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe at a United Nations food summit in Rome is “obscene”, Australia’s foreign minister has said.
“This is the person who has presided over the starvation of his people,” said Stephen Smith.
“This is the person who has used food aid in a politically motivated way,” said Mr Smith, who is due to attend the summit.
“So Robert Mugabe turning up to a conference dealing with food security or food issues is, in my view, frankly obscene.”