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Zimbabweans Buy Trolley Full Of Whisky At Costco For COP26 Party

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By metro.co.uk

 

 

Supporters of Zimbabwe’s government have sought to dispel any impression that global summits are boring affairs.

 

 

 

Huge quantities of booze were bought up for a party in honour of the president’s arrival in Scotland, according to social media posts by a Zimbabwean official.
A video posted by government spokesperson Nick Mangwana showed two men wheeling trollies out of Costco stocked with enough booze to fill the Clyde.

 

 

Among the war chest was somewhere in the region of a dozen bottles of whisky (Scotch, naturally), several crates of lager, gallons of wine and a case of champagne.
Metro.co.uk could not identify any Buckfast in the footage.

 

 

Draped in trademark scarves worn by president Emmerson Mnangagwa, the pair posed for a picture of themselves with their mighty haul and fists aloft.
A separate video posted by Mr Mangwana showed a group dancing and drinking on Portobello Beach in Edinburgh, aided by a DJ with an illuminated booth.

 

 

The controversial president rose to prominence as an ally of dictator Robert Mugabe and first came to power in the 2017 coup which deposed him, before narrowly winning a contested election in 2018.
Mr Mangwana, who is permanent secretary of the Ministry for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, tweeted: ‘Tonight there is a massive welcome party held in honour of HE President [Mnangagwa].

 

 

 

Glasgow is the place to be as Zimbabweans from all corners of the UK attend this shindig and welcome their President.
‘The party will spill over to the streets tomorrow. In the UK? Join the party.’

 

 

Replying to a message asking what Zimbabwe is doing to curb climate change, he posted: ‘We will cover that. We covered bits in the morning. For now Zimbabweans are welcoming their President to Glasgow.’
It’s unclear who was on the guest list for the party but the men in the video are linked to Zanu PF, the ruling party, according to their social media accounts.

 

 

Mr Mangwana replied to another Twitter user to say no delegates were involved.
In February, the government introduced new sanctions against four senior Zimbabwean security officials in response to human rights abuses, the latest in a raft of measures targeting the Zanu PF regime.

 

 

The announcement made specific reference to ‘a state-sponsored crackdown against protests in January 2019 that resulted in the deaths of 17 Zimbabweans and post-election violence in August 2018 in which six protestors lost their lives’.

 

 

 

Pro-democracy activists and executive director of the Centre for Natural Resource Governance Farai Maguwu claimed Zimbabwe was sending more than 100 people to the conference, adding ‘more than 60 have nothing to do with climate change’.

 

 

 

He Tweeted that they were ‘travelling like kids’, adding: ‘Our so called leaders pretend to be patriotic yet they find pleasure in spending the little their countries have in other countries, whilst their own citizens die of neglect and rampant corruption.’

 

 

 

Zimbabwe’s government has committed to reducing carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 and acknowledges it is vulnerable to the impact of climate change, including ‘spill-over effects’ from neighbouring countries.

 

 

Metro.co.uk has contacted Zimbabwe’s London embassy and Mr Mangwana for comment.

 

Robert Tapfumaneyi

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