Mugabe issues new warning to white businesses
Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002
President Robert Mugabe warned the white community in Zimbabwe yesterday that he intended to step up land reforms and would give economic control to black Zimbabweans. MORE
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QUOTE: "Jack Straw, Britain's Foreign Secretary, would strengthen his case against Mr Mugabe if he were to be more vociferous in his defence of human rights and democracy elsewhere – and especially elsewhere in Africa. Yoweri Museveni, the current president of Uganda, is favoured by the West because he allows a free press and pursues economic policies of which we approve, but his no-party system means Uganda's elections, while nominally free and fair, are democratically flawed. Kenya is a more obvious case, where President Daniel Arap Moi's repression of political opposition renders his multi-party system a mockery of democracy.
Britain and other democracies are right to condemn last week's vote in Zimbabwe as a fraud, but must adopt a similar uncompromising stance in demanding free and fair elections in the rest of Africa and the WORLD."
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