Oh my God, when will Africa’s most recently unelected “leader” die of old age, retire, disappear, self-destruct, or become the victim of a well-deserved assassination?
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has used the United Nations world food summit in Rome to accuse Britain of fomenting Western efforts to bring on an “illegal regime change” in his country by crippling it economically.
Mr Mugabe’s presence at the summit has been roundly condemned by countries including Australia, Britain and the USA who accuse him of plunging millions of Zimbabweans into hunger.
Zimbabwe’s inflation is 165,000 per cent, unemployment 80 per cent and there are chronic shortages of basic necessities including food and fuel. Some 3.5 million people have fled to escape poverty.
Mr Mugabe used his speech to the summit to defend his policy of seizing land from white farmers, saying 300,000 families had been given land in a program designed to ensure food security.
He accused Britain and other western countries of trying to force him from power with sanctions that had crippled Zimbabwe’s economy.
“In retaliation for the measures we took to empower the black majority, the United Kingdom has mobilised their friends and allies in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand to impose illegal economic sanctions against Zimbabwe,” he said…
As one ABC commenter says: “Amazing, Mugabe is in control and he is blaming everyone else for what goes wrong. The food grows or does not grow in Zimbabwe subject to what the Zimbabwean Government does, it is out of the control of everyone outside Zimbabwe. Mugabe needs to have his mind de-colonised. Start taking responsibility for HIS actions.”
Meanwhile, check out how this “defender of the poor” lives, in splendour that his colonial predecessors could only have dreamed of!
Mugabe’s modest hut
Hypocritical, senile swine! This is not a leader! This is a cancerous growth, an incubus!
Latest on ABC News 5 June:
Zimbabwe’s Opposition Leader Morgan Tsvangirai has been released from detention and no charges were brought against him after extensive questioning by police, party officials said. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said Mr Tsvangirai’s four-vehicle convoy was stopped at a roadblock manned by police and members of President Robert Mugabe’s feared Central Intelligence Organisation. He was being held at a rural police station south-west of Harare.
Mr Tsvangirai, who has been arrested several times in the past, defeated Mr Mugabe in a March 29 presidential election but failed to win the absolute majority needed to avoid a second ballot. The run-off is scheduled for June 27. In March last year, Mr Tsvangirai was detained and badly beaten in police custody after he tried to attend a banned anti-government rally in Harare.
Mr Mugabe’s vow never to allow the MDC to take power has stoked opposition fears that the ruling ZANU-PF will use intimidation and vote-rigging to extend the president’s 28-year rule.
As I have before, I commend This is Zimbabwe.