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Mugabe Delegates Denied Visas for UN Meeting, Herald Reports

October 26, 2011

Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Zimbabwe has complained to the United Nations and the Swiss government because members of President Robert Mugabe’s entourage were denied visas to attend a telecommunications conference in Geneva, the Herald said, citing Mugabe’s spokesman, George Charamba and an unidentified official.

Charamba, Mugabe’s wife, Grace, the head of Mugabe’s Central Intelligence Organization and at least two other members of Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front party weren’t allowed to visit the country, the state-owned newspaper said on its website. Mugabe was granted a visa before he canceled the trip in protest, the Herald said.

The refusal to grant visas contravenes UN regulations, the Herald said. A Swiss official said the country had issued visas to an “adequate” number of Zimbabwean delegates, it added.

The men and women denied visas are all listed in a European Union travel ban imposed on senior members of Mugabe’s party. Telecommunications Minister Nelson Chamisa, a member of the Movement for Democratic Change, was given a visa to attend the conference, said the Herald.

--Editors: Ben Holland, Hilton Shone.

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