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Reporters not welcome at Mugabe’s getaway pad

Reporters not welcome at Mugabe’s getaway pad

After what happened to two Times reporters looking into Robert Mugabe’s investments in East Asia, you might want to think twice about dropping in on his new place in Hong Kong (shown above) unannounced:

The throat of Colin Galloway, a 46-year-old reporter, was gripped and bruised by a man in his thirties who lifted him off his feet. Galloway was later examined under police supervision at hospital.

Tim O’Rourke, 45, was grabbed by the neck in his second bruising encounter involving the Mugabes in Hong Kong. Last month Grace Mugabe flew at him with her fists after repeatedly punching another Sunday Times photographer in the face in an incident that attracted worldwide publicity.

As odious as I find the idea of Mugabe living out his last days in luxury after what he’s done and continues to do to his long-suffering country, some sort of Idi Amin-type arrangement in which he steps down in return for immunity in China might be the least worst scenario right now.

Photo: MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images