Sunday, July 21, 2024

Zimbabwe: Stop Being Russia's Puppet – Chamisa Chides Mnangagwa Over Putin Chopper Gift, Says Siding With Aggressors Is Wrong

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By James Muonwa l Mashonaland West Correspondent

MAIN opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa has taken a swipe at President Emmerson Mnangagwa for accepting a helicopter from Russian President Vladimir Putin and openly supporting his invasion of Ukraine.

Putin recently gifted his Zimbabwean counterpart a chopper as Moscow cements ties with the Southern African country, which is also under heavy sanctions.

The Information Ministry confirmed through Twitter the aircraft will soon be delivered to Zimbabwe.

Addressing thousands of CCC supporters at Gadzema Grounds in Chinhoyi on Monday, Chamisa said the Zanu PF leader had taken an ill-advised stance in support of Putin in the devastating war.

“My brother (Mnangagwa) was in Russia the other day and was over the moon with joy after receiving a ramshackle helicopter, and he unashamedly declared we, as Zimbabwe, support Russia in its invasion of Ukraine. You and who, whom did you consult?

“A proper leader of Zimbabwe must not support or side with any country, but side with peace, side with unity, side with progress and side with multilateralism and unite the belligerent nations, Russia and Ukraine,” said Chamisa.

The aircraft will soon be delivered to Zimbabwe.

The CCC president chastised Mnangagwa saying he must stop acting like a puppet of the former Soviet Union.

“Don’t be a puppet, be a person who respects the norms of peace across the whole world and not side with aggression, which is not acceptable,” he said.