HARARE - Zimbabwe is now a lone ranger in the world because of its tough empowerment policies, which are against the British and American interests, President Robert Mugabe said.
Mugabe said this soon after landing at the Harare International Airport where scores of his supporters from Harare province gathered to welcome him back from the 69th session of the United Nations general assembly in the United States of America (USA).
“Tinoda kupa rukudzo kuvanhu veAfrica vanotipawo rukudzo. Vari kuona kuti Zimbabwe ndiyo nyika iri pamberi kudarika dzimwe pane kucherechedza zvinangwa zvevatema, vane kurwisana nevadzvanyiriri vanoda kuuya nenzira dzakasiyana siyana nekutora upfumi hwevatema, saka rukudzo rwehunhu hwedu hwakawanda huri kuratidzwa muZimbabwe, Zimbabwe isingatye, Zimbabwe yarwisana nevasvetasimba, saka aiwa apa tinoti isu hatina vamwe vari sure kwedu vatinoti ava tinovimba navo, tingabatane maoko navo. Vanhu vakutya zvakakomba, kutya kwacho hakusi kutya kwepfuti, kwava kutya kuti aah, tikava nekutukana nemaAmericans, tikava nekutukana nevarungu vedu ivo, ko rubatsiro tozoruwana kupi,” said President Mugabe speaking in Shona.
(“We want to pay our respects to the continent of Africa, which also respects us. They have seen that Zimbabwe is the only country leading in terms of empowering and serving the black people’s interests, fight imperialists that come in different forms. So the respect of our humane is being shown in Zimbabwe, the fearless Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe, which fought imperialists, so we do not have any backing. People are seriously afraid, not that they are afraid of guns but they fear insulting the Americans. They fear that if they upset they whites, they will not be able to get assistance.”)
“Kana muine mafuta ari pasi apa, zvicherwa zviri pasi apa, ivhu riri renyu, ko hupfumi hwamunoda kune ava ndehwei. Muri marema here? Vanouya vachiti tiri kukupai tumari utwu, asi mafuta ndivo vanenge vachiapedza”. (“If you have oil resources, minerals, land, what other form of riches do you desire? Are you handicapped? They come pretending to assist you with little money, but they will be exhausting all the oil resources.”)
Mugabe gave an example of Gabon, an African nation, which he said is losing oil to France.
…zvino isu takati kwete, maBritish muri kwenyu, ivhu nderedu, zvicherwa ndezvedu, mazano ekuzvichera ndeedu, garai kwenyu, tinogara kwedu, mapurazi amakanga matora ndeedu, akudzokera kwatiri. (“We said no, the land belongs to us, let the British stay in their country. The resources are ours, the ideas of how to mine the minerals are ours, stay in your country, we will stay in our country, the land belongs to us. We are taking back the farms, which you had confiscated from us.”)
Mugabe said Zimbabwe cannot compensate for farms that were taken from the whites, adding that probably government can only compromise on the infrastructure developments that will be on the farms, like dams.
Mugabe further urged his Zanu PF party to unite, ahead of its national congress, only two months away.
His party has been embroiled in bitter factional fights pitting Vice President Joice Mujuru and Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The two have publicly denied leading any factions.
Mugabe told the gathering that Harare province should reclaim its position and lead by example.
It has become a tradition within Mugabe’s party that Harare province members always welcome him at the Harare International airport each time he comes back from a national mission.
The move is seen by analysts as a way of bootlicking Mugabe.
Several hours before he touched down, a large crowd had already gathered at the national airport, braving the scorching summer heat.
The hot temperatures did not deter several women from dancing to Mbare Chimurenga Choir’s music, booming loud from a large public address system.
The octogenarian leader arrived at around 11:40, much to the delight of his supporters.
Mugabe started narrating the mission of his visit to the USA and that he had explained Zimbabwe’s position on various initiatives that the government was taking to empower its people.
During the session, Mugabe denounced “evil” machinations by the USA and European Union on its stance of imposing sanctions against Zimbabwe.