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MDC slams Mugabe’s EU-Africa boycott

The Zimbabwe president is protesting against the EU’s refusal to grant Grace Mugabe a visa.

Zimbabwe’s opposition MDC says President Robert Mugabe’s decision to boycott the meeting in Brussels is “childish and selfish”. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

HARARE - Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) on Monday slammed President Robert Mugabe's decision to boycott a key European Union (EU)-Africa summit in Brussels.

That conference starts in the Belgian capital on Wednesday.

Mugabe and his government is protesting the EU's refusal to grant a visa to first lady Grace Mugabe to travel with the president to the summit.

MDC spokesman Douglas Mwonzora says the president's decision to boycott the Brussels summit is "childish and selfish".

He says attending the EU-Africa summit will benefit Zimbabwe and "this isn't just about the First Family".

Speaking at the weekend, Mugabe's government said it wouldn't send a single representative to the meeting.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Joey Bimha says the EU is guilty of blatant disrespect and is holding Africa in contempt.

But Mwonzora told Eyewitness News the boycott will mean that Zimbabwe loses out on investment opportunities.

The spokesperson also accused Harare of compromising improved relations with the EU.