President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe was once again caught sleeping while the US president Donald J Trump addressed the UN general assembly on Tuesday. The 93-year-old Zimbabwean President was seen taking his usual nap during the crucial general assembly attended by over 120 countries in the world.
The nonagenarian was shown by international news channels sleeping most of the time when President Donald Trump was giving his first address to world leaders.
Mugabe arrived New York on Tuesday with his entourage and a 70-member delegation, including his family, amid criticism that his trip for the UN meeting was a complete waste of taxpayers money.
It was reported that Mugabe and his entourage including his wife and children, who will each be getting a daily allowance of $1,500. Mugabe is, however, expected to address the assembly under the theme: ‘Focusing on People Striving for Peace and Decent Life for All on Sustainable Planet’. is also expected to call for the “democratization” of the United Nations Security Council. The President is also expected to call for the “democratization” of the United Nations Security Council.
Meanwhile, Jessie Majome, a vocal legislator from Zimbabwe’s main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party led by Morgan Tsvangirai criticised Mugabe for taking a nap at such an important world gathering.
“Our constitution’s foreign policy objectives are anchored on the interests of Zimbabwe; the President’s sleeping on the biggest and most important stage of the whole world is the opposite of that. It embarrasses us and puts the country into disrepute. How he can sleep through a nuclear war speech is astounding. To travel so far with so many delegates at such a cost only to sleep so soundly is disconcerting.
Surely he and his team must candidly introspect about this worsening state of affairs,” said Majome. The frail President usually travels to Singapore to seek medical care, was once defended by his spokesperson George Charamba who stated that the President was never sleeping at events but that he was avoiding lights from cameras as he had a problem with one of his eyes.
The US president Donald Trump had in his first address to the UN members reiterated his vow to “totally destroy” North Korea if it continues to threaten the United States or its allies.
Mr Trump who focused much of his attention on the East Asian nation, using language that represented a major departure from diplomatic convention, also referred the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a “Rocket Man” “If the righteous many don’t confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph,” said the US president who called Iran a “rogue nation” and further asserted that the United States was “prepared to take further action” on Venezuela.
“I will always put American first. Just like you, the leaders of your countries, should and always put your countries first.
The U.S. will forever be a great friend to the world and especially to its allies,” the Republican president said. “But we can no longer be taken advantage of or enter into a one-sided deal in which the United States gets nothing in return,” He said.