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President Robert Mugabe failed to visit the home of his former minister Amos Midzi who died Tuesday but was Friday able to fly out to South Africa to attend the African Union (AU) summit.

At the time of his death, Midzi had just been suspended from the ruling Zanu PF party for five years.

He was punished for allegedly backing a coup bid by former vice president Joice Mujuru.

Reports however, said Mugabe conferred state assisted funeral to his former envoy to the US before his departure.

Mugabe, who is the AU chair, left for Johannesburg where he joined other leaders for a summit which seeks to tackle various challenges bedevilling the continent chief among them, xenophobia, political instability.

Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Joey Bhima confirmed that Mugabe, who returned late Wednesday from another international trip to Egypt, had left Harare to join other leaders at Sandton.

“As you know he is the AU chair and as such he has left for the bi-annual summit. Do you want him to stay here and not attend to his duties?” Bhima said.

Since January, Mugabe has reportedly spent over $50 million travelling to various countries and has been to South Africa twice with this trip being the third.

The Zanu PF leader left Harare without paying his condolences to Midzi who died early this week in a suspected case of suicide poisoning.

Mugabe was initially supposed to visit the Midzis to pay his last respects but did not.

Despite the many years of service at both government and party level Zanu PF has refused to give Midzi any hero status.

As Mugabe left, it was unclear who would represent the party at Midzi’s burial Saturday afternoon.

Information filtering through indicated that the party’s secretary for administration, Ignatius Chombo, has been asked to speak at the funeral while others proposed the political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere to do so.

Kasukuwere has already paid his condolences as he visited the family home on Tuesday night.

So far, Mujuru and her allies, who include former party spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo and ex-secretary for administration, Didmuys Mutasa, have visited the Midzi home to pay their last respects.

People linked to Mujuru have been running around ensuring that all was well while those still in the main party were afraid to be directly associated with the funeral.

Zanu PF officials this week told NewZimbabwe.com that Midzi was not worth any hero status as he belonged to the Mujuru faction.

Source : New Zimbabwe