'Shame, shame, shame' Mugabe tells US, Britain

NEW YORK - Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe on Thursday berated the United States and former colonial power Britain and its allies for trying to control his nation and its resources, telling them to remove their “illegal and filthy sanctions.”

“Shame, shame, shame to the United States of America. Shame, shame, shame to Britain and its allies,” Mugabe, 89, said in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

“Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans, so are its resources. Please remove your illegal and filthy sanctions from my peaceful country.”

Mugabe said the sanctions imposed by the European Union and the United States violated the UN Charter on State sovereignty and condemned them as a “foreign-policy tool to effect regime change”.

The United States and the European Union imposed sanctions on Zimbabwean State firms and travel restrictions on Mugabe and dozens of his associates after a violent 2000 election, and at the start of sometimes violent seizures of white-owned commercial farms for black resettlement.

Mugabe did not refer to the lifting of EU sanctions on September 17 against Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation, which will allow the diamond-mining firm to sell its diamonds in Europe.

He said sanctions constituted a form of hostility and violence against his government, which was only trying to redistribute land to the majority of landless Zimbabweans.

“Our small and peaceful country is threatened daily by covetous and bigoted big powers whose hunger for domination and control of other nations and their resources knows no bounds,” he said.

He said that if the sanctions were intended to unseat him from power “the results of the recent national elections have clearly shown you what they can do.”

Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980, overwhelmingly won a July 31 vote extending his 33-year rule. His main rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, denounced the poll as a “huge fraud.”

Washington has said the election was flawed and that it does not plan to loosen sanctions against Mugabe’s government.

Comments (15)

While it is an undeniable historical fact that the continent's economic development has been impaired by slavery and colonialism, Africans are powerless to reverse these dark episodes for they can't stop the clock, but at best, can shape the present and future. Wasting precious time on anti-colonialism rhetoric, a tactic which has become the norm with most failing dictators, is hollow and counter-productive for Africa. The dark past is useful as a historical record from which to learn from as Africa progresses, but not as a solace to mask current failures. Ghana became independent in 1957, the same year Malaysia got liberated from the same colonial master.

hamurevesi - 28 September 2013

The dark past is useful as a historical record from which to learn from as Africa progresses, but not as a solace to mask current failures. Ghana became independent in 1957, the same year Malaysia got liberated from the same colonial master. What was so unique with African colonialism which other victims of it the world over never experienced to be where she is today as she looks more like a failed continent?

hamurevesi - 28 September 2013

The same old excuses from Mugabe. Before we voted Zanu into power in 1980 I used to have a high opinion of this man. My opinion has changed since 1980. Since Mugabe implored the then British Governor Lord Chris Soames, in 1980, to extend his stay and help the new Zanu government run the country because none in Zanu had any experience in governing I was shocked and lost all respect for Mugabe. I asked myself what all the fuss was for when he had to implore the British Governor to help Zanu run the country. This was embarrassing to say the least. Mugabe has grown worse not better with more years in government. Any new government should always perform better than the last one. This regrettable this has not been the case with Mugabe and ZanuPF. The idea of fighting for political office is so that you can improve people's lives - not to give excuses and complain about sanctions so soon after being sworn into office. An astute government or politician will not give any excuses. Our standards of living are worse than they were in Rhodesia. No electricity, no water, no money, no jobs, no freedom, no land, 5th rate health care, poor standard of education but plenty of oppressive laws and unpunished corruption in high places. Why did Mugabe set out to destroy the efficient bus transport system he inherited from Rhodesia and introduce the emergency taxis menace? It is very clear Mugabe's sole aim is to stay in power by whatever means whether he performs or not and it's nobody's business.

Musona - 28 September 2013

The West is fighting a losing battle against the victors' version of history. Anyone under 60 was not yet in his teens in 1965 when British PM Harold Wilson vowed that the R.F. regime would be brought to its knees in weeks if not days, such was its loathing of Rhodesia's race-based Land Apportionment Act. That is a massive captive audience Zimbabwe Broadcast Holdings has. It is no wonder they fear “pirate radio stations” broadcasting from Mozambique as much as the Rhodesia Broadcasting Corporation did. Since the spectacular collapse of “Zeros to Heroes” in 2008, there has been a racheting up of the propaganda that sanctions were imposed for the fact rather than the manner of taking land from whites. That hoax is dwarfed only by the NAZI's use of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” to justify their terrifying jambanja against Jews beginning in the 1930's. But there is a serious side to the debate as to why the focused sanctions applied over the past 10 years have been so much more debilitating than the general sanctions against all trade with Smith's Rhodesia after 1965, including a naval blockade off Beira stopping oil getting in and exports getting out. The sanctions you impose on yourself (ZANU-style) are always more crippling than the sanctions of the body, which is to say, those willed on you by others (Rhodesia-style).

JOHN BANDA - 28 September 2013

The more charitable view of why the UNDP-funded Land Conference was scuttled 10 years ago, is that “illegal sanctions” saddled the ruling party with a persecution complex. The less charitable one is that jambanja with Tony Blair's gay gangsters was the perfect smokescreen for the new elite to grab the best farms. The effect on everything from the country's ability to generate funding for the resettled farmers, to attract Direct Foreign Investment & jobs, is not disputed by a single commentator. The more the connected few muscle in on the benefits of indigenization, the greater the need to put the blame on sanctions. That spin will never be debunked while the West stays on our backs. Inept handling of the sanctions issue, in particular who is the victim and who the thug in that debate, has probably been terminal for election prospects for the current opposition. Masvita mabhunu. But the cost to Zimbabwe's democracy goes deeper. The West's apparently insatiable appetite for taking a stance on the moral issues of opposition politics, whether in Africa or the “Arab spring”, has been the kiss of death to the indigenous budding of democracy. Unlike the opposition in Syria, however, the MDC has not called for restrictive measures, let alone sanctions. For 5 years the MDC has known the playing field is uneven. But they kicked off on voting day, deluded into believing their superior skills would carry the day anyway. When they didn't, they failed to appreciate the importance of producing a reliable witness to the fact that they had been shooting into the smaller goal posts. To its credit the MDC is doing some serious soul-searching today.

JOHN BANDA - 28 September 2013

It is not co-incidence that in countries like Malawi, where the West's involvement has been low-key, and strictly non-party political, nascent democracy is robust. It is not that the politicians there are any better behaved. But their misdemeanours provoke immediate and unequivocal denunciation from the populace and civic society. You often hear people say after a contest that it is a pity there had to be a loser. The general feeling after the Zimbabwe election, is that it is a pity there had to be a winner. It is squarely thanks to both contestants, that Zimbabweans are today back to where they were 10 years ago. About to re-live another round of populist-driven misery. Westerners should not mistake African qualities of ubunthu for slowness. We feel as fully insulted as any Western voter would by any inference that we should not as ruthlessly consign to the garbage heap any politician of the opposition party who demonstrates the crass addiction to the trappings of power that we have long condemned in the ruling party. Let us hope that when the next crop of democrats emerge, probably yet again from within the ranks of the revolutionary party, the West will be standing well to one side. You can be sure there is one message ZANU (PF) would like to be more firmly dinned into the thick skulls of Western leaders than that sanctions on Mugabe must be removed. That is that there must be no public announcement of such intention, for fear it would pull from right under ZANU (PF)'s feet their main election plank going into 2018.

JOHN BANDA - 28 September 2013

The argument for keeping sanctions is that they were instrumental in bringing an end to the U.D.I. and apartheid regimes. But that only worked after every one of Rhodesia's neighbours, including South Africa, had come on board the idea that Smith's “no black rule in 1,000 years” was untenable. There is little evidence that any of Mugabe's SADC neighbours believe that “no regime change in 1,000 years” is such a bad idea today. SADC had reached a verdict on Zimbabwe's 31st July elections before polling had closed. It was a standing ovation for Zimbabwe for graduating from rigging with petrol-bombing, to rigging without petrol-bombing. Malawi's Joyce Banda has read opinion polls, and has exchanged addresses of Nikuv International, Israel's ballot-stuffing boffins, with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. Unfortunately for her she is not old enough to play the jambanja card as effectively as her predecessor, Bingu wa Mutharika. Even he was not the spring chicken figure that Mugabe cuts as he rallies the millions at election time with promises of sanctions and 5 more glorious years of jambanja.

JOHN BANDA - 28 September 2013

I suppose the question on most lips has to be: what are you going to do about these sanctions? And how does one square the circle when the same countries are listed as the second and third largest trading partners? Added to this they contribute 60% to the begging bowl? Might making friends with them not be a better option?

gutter poet - 28 September 2013

Politicians take us the population for STUPIDS ,before MUGABE went to the UN he was pleading for reconciliation with the WEST in exchange for investment ,what does he do when he gets a chance ,He talks his RUBBISH AS the norm ,lf he has everything & needs nothing from the WEST ,WHY can't he impose sunctions on them.This proves to us that ZANU is all about excuses & not development for the country but for ZANU PF supporters only.

CASHTALK - 28 September 2013

Politicians take us the population for STUPIDS ,before MUGABE went to the UN he was pleading for reconciliation with the WEST in exchange for investment ,what does he do when he gets a chance ,He talks his RUBBISH AS the norm ,lf he has everything & needs nothing from the WEST ,WHY can't he impose sunctions on them.This proves to us that ZANU is all about excuses & not development for the country but for ZANU PF supporters only.

CASHTALK - 28 September 2013

If he really hates the west as he claims, why devote most of his speech saying 'shame, shame, shame the US, Britain and their allies? Do they care about this erstwhile rhetoric? He knows where the real power is. What is the point of saying 'Zimbabwe will never be a colony again, when you have allowed the Chinese to colonise Zimbabwe? In any case who would, in their right senses, want to recolonise a country you have systematically ruined for your selfish ends? How can they recognise your fraudulent victory? You did not only rig the so calleed elections, BUT you over-rigged and that explains why the figures do not add up. Shame! Shame! Shame on Matibili Mugabe the CHEAT.!

Nehanda Nyakasikana - 29 September 2013

GOOD ADVICE: Do something for yourself, for your family. Don't waste your time talking politics while others are enjoying their lives with money without politics. See how this Zim poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling solar panels to the people in rural areas/villages so they can have electricity easily and very cheap. Very interesting. Go to SOLARTECH.CO , not dot com, to see the methods and companies she was using. SOLARTECH.CO , not dot com. Wake up Africans

Vada - 30 September 2013

GOOD ADVICE: Do something for yourself, for your family. Don't waste your time talking politics while others are enjoying their lives with money without politics. See how this Zim poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling solar panels to the people in rural areas/villages so they can have electricity easily and very cheap. Very interesting. Go to SOLARTECH.CO , not dot com, to see the methods and companies she was using. SOLARTECH.CO , not dot com. Wake up Africans

Vada - 30 September 2013

GOOD ADVICE: Do something for yourself, for your family. Don't waste your time talking politics while others are enjoying their lives with money without politics. See how this Zim poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling solar panels to the people in rural areas/villages so they can have electricity easily and very cheap. Very interesting. Go to SOLARTECH.CO , not dot com, to see the methods and companies she was using. SOLARTECH.CO , not dot com. Wake up Africans

Vada - 30 September 2013

GOOD ADVICE: Do something for yourself, for your family. Don't waste your time talking politics while others are enjoying their lives with money without politics. See how this Zim poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling solar panels to the people in rural areas/villages so they can have electricity easily and very cheap. Very interesting. Go to SOLARTECH.CO , not dot com, to see the methods and companies she was using. SOLARTECH.CO , not dot com. Wake up Africans

Vada - 30 September 2013

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