The President of Zimbabwe, His Excellency Emmerson Mnangagwa will this year not be flying out to New York, to attend the UN General Assembly meeting in person.
In a statement, the President said he will be attending the meeting virtually.
Even though there is limited physical presence allowed, President Mnangagwa has opted to deliver his speech virtually via video conferencing.
The decision to attend the meeting virtually comes after Malawi’s president Lazarus Chakwera recently came under fire after he opted to fly to the United Kingdom to attend a virtual summit.
Chakwera justified his trip to the UK to attend The Global Education Summit, arguing that the internet in his country is unreliable.
Chakwera initially planned to travel to the virtual summit with more than 61 members including family members.
This was turned down by the UK government which asked him to trim his delegation to 10 as there was a limited physical presence.
President Chakwera then travelled with a 10 member entourage which included his wife, First Lady Monica Chakwera; daughter Violet Lillie and the President’s son-in-law Sean Kampondeni, who is State House director of communications.