johannes-tomana 08.09.11.jpgAttorney-General Johannes Tomana says the United Nations is no longer a safe haven for all its member states, following the world body’s inaction after Switzerland refused to grant visas to President Robert Mugabe’s delegation to the Geneva ICT conference.

 

Speaking to ZBC News, Mr. Tomana said by allowing Switzerland to apply its domestic laws of delaying to issue visas to some top Zimbabwean government officials who were supposed to have accompanied the President to the ITU conference in Geneva, the UN has violated international laws which protect member countries to attend any UN conference without undue interference.

 

“When the UN is affected by such illegal decisions by member-states, its credibility is put under scrutiny,” said the AG.

 

Mr. Tomana however challenged the United Nations to live up to its expectations and bring countries such as Britain, the US, Switzerland and their western allies to book, for breaching international laws by continuing to  impose illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe.

 

The AG said: “Failure by the UN to deal with the so-called super powers’ unbecoming behaviour is tantamount to confirming that the world watchdog is just but a puppet of the west.”

 

The call by the Attorney General for the reform of the UN comes in the wake of the denial by Switzerland to issue visas to six members of President Robert Mugabe’s delegation to Geneva namely, First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe, Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development Minister Nicholas Goche, Director-General in the President’s Department, Retired Major General Happyton Bonyongwe, Secretary for Media, Information and Publicity, George Charamba and his aide de camp, Senior Assistant Commissioner Martin Painona.

 

However, the granting of a visa to Information Communication Technology Minister, Nelson Chamisa who was part of the same delegation, has raised eyebrows with observers saying Switzerland appears to be siding with Zimbabwe’s detractors.