Originally by Newsday

Ex President Robert Mugabe bemoaned  his glaring absence from the country’s 38th independence celebrations (Uhuru) claiming that his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa did not invite him to attend the event in Harare last week.

Mugabe was apparently responding to reports that he had declined an invite to the country’s Independence Day celebrations last week which were attended by an array of dignitaries, including diplomats and opposition party leaders.

“I definitely was not invited to it (independence celebrations),” Mugabe  said

Mugabe claimed that his former spokesperson, George Charamba had lied that he was invited.

“I refer to your article, Mugabe freezes self out of Uhuru on Page 4 of your paper dated Thursday April 19, 2018. I did not freeze myself out of the so-called Uhuru. I, definitely, was not invited to it. This should put paid to all the comments that [George] Charamba had to make on this matter,” Mugabe said without elaborating.

Mugabe’s remarks were in response to Charamba’s claims last week, where he said: “Every Zimbabwean was invited to the celebrations, including those in the opposition and former government.”

Charamba claimed that Mugabe rejected the invite and he also had  medical trip to Singapore scheduled.

“On March 19, the former President advised the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Misheck Sibanda, in a handwritten note that he was due for medical check-ups.

“He said ‘We will be in Singapore, where we shall remain until April 15. We then return home to arrive on April 16 in time for Independence celebrations’. So, you can see, he is aware of everything and not locked out,” Charamba said.