The Zimbabwean parliament was on Wednesday thrown into a humorous frenzy whole debating the recent fiasco between Sahara Reporters and President Robert Mugabe at President Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration in Abuja.
It started when an opposition lawmaker Nelson Chamisa asked Zimbabwean Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa:
“What is government doing to keep the president away from further embarrassment because what happened to him in Nigeria did not go down well with me?”
Chamisa’s question caused an uproar of laughter in the parliament.
Responding in a rather humorous manner, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa said:
“You have said His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Chancellor of all State Universities, the Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, chairman of the African Union and Sadc chairperson was embarrassed in Nigeria …, ”
Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa however went ahead to criticise the Nigerian government over its poor handling of the issue. He said it was the “mandate” of the Nigerian government to protect Mugabe from such harassment.
“It should be known that under the Geneva Convention the security of a visiting head of state is the mandate of the host government.
“So it is the Nigerian government that should feel embarrassed because it failed in its duty.”
He also said that he had not received any apology from the Nigerian government but that the journalist in question Adeola Fayehun has written to the Zimbabwean government to apologise for her behaviour.