Mugabe to visit Malawi

PRESIDENT Mugabe is set to visit Malawi in May amid threats from civic groups that they would stage protest against Zimbabwe’s poor human rights record, The Nation newspapers reported yesterday.

The paper quoted Malawi Foreign Affairs minister Davis Katsonga confirmi

ng the visit in an interview on Monday, but could not disclose the real agenda of the tour.

“It is true that the president of Zimbabwe will be visiting Malawi from 3rd to 5th May. I can also confirm to you that my ministry last week held the first meeting with other stakeholders over President Mugabe’s tour,” said Katsonga.

He added: “As I have said, we only held the initial meeting last week and we will be meeting again shortly on the same,” he said.

Human Rights Consultative Committee chair, Rodgers Newa is quoted in the report as saying the visit would  attract reactions from the civil society due to the poor human rights record of Zimbabwe.

“Of course I am hearing of the visit for the first time and I have to consult my partners. However, what I can assure you is that there is likely to be an activity of protest during the said visit,” said Newa.

He said the Malawi civil society is not amused with the record of serious abuse of human rights perpetrated by Mugabe and his regime. — Staff Writer.