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Mwanawasa blasts West
Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2002

From Bulawayo Bureau

THE West cannot teach African countries democracy because they were oppressors, who had to be fought in order for Africans to liberate themselves, visiting Zambian President Mr Levy Mwanawasa said yesterday.

"We have nothing to learn from them. We taught them democracy. We were denied our right to liberate ourselves therefore we fought. We understand democracy more than them," President Mwanawasa said.

The Zambian leader, who is also the current chairman of the Africa Union, was speaking at a joint press conference with President Mugabe after officially opening the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair in Bulawayo. MORE

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