His Majesty King Charles III has invited Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa to attend the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Westminster Abbey, London on Monday.
As statement from the United Kingdom Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe dismissed as fake a letter that went viral on the internet saying that the new Monarch had blocked Mnangagwa from attending the Queen’s funeral.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth III died at her summer home in Balmoral, Scotland on Thursday last week aged 96 achieving a historic feat as the longest reigning sovereign in United Kingdom.
A letter that has since been dismissed as fake has said Mnangagwa has been blocked from attending the State Funeral of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II over alleged human rights abuses in the Southern Africa country.
It went on to say that his application for the country to rejoin the commonwealth realm of nations will be subject to Zimbabwe instituting reforms to respect human rights and the rule of law.
The letter allegedly written by aide to the King had suggested that Mngangagwa’s request could not be granted as it would go against the restrictions including those of travel that the United Kingdom has in place with regards to many of the Zimbabwean Governmental leadership and those connected to them.
“There is also concern at the confirmed reports of non-adherence to respecting human rights occurring in Zimbabwe,” said the letter from Buckingham Palace signed by Miss Jennie Vine, deputy to the Senior Correspondence Officer.