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Ghanaians proud of Mugabe
Posted: Thursday, July 5, 2007

The Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, won the admiration of Ghanaians when he maintained being the disciple of Ghana's founding father of independence, Kwame Nkrumah. Mr Mugabe said the legendary leader's teachings had bolstered his spirits to liberate Zimbabwe from the British colonial rule in 1980.

President Mugabe and the Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Ghaddafi were given tumultuous welcome by Ghanaians while they set foot in the country for the 9th African Union Summit.

Mr Mugabe delivered the speech at the tomb of Kwame Nkrumah - the scene of Dr Nkrumah's famous independence speech in 1960.

The Zimbabwean leader, who has been showered with criticisms home and abroad, especially in the west, took his audience down the memory lane when he flew to Ghana to borrow Dr Nkrumah's wisdom and sea of knowledge on freedom fighting.
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Ghana's ex President hits out at Foreign Office for 'disrespecting' Robert Mugabe

Colonial days are over, says Rawlings

Jerry Rawlings, the former president of Ghana, condemned the statement said to be written by a Foreign Office official, which said that President Robert Mugabe would suffer a similar fate to Charles Taylor of Liberia, who is currently standing trial in the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Rawlings, who leads Ghana's main opposition party, the National Democratic Party (NDC), said it was "disrespectful" for Britain to make such a statement about President Mugabe. "No British official, be he a politician or Royalty has the right to say those words about a Pan-Africanist like Robert Mugabe" Rawlings said in an exclusive interview with The Lens, a local Ghanaian newspaper.

Whilst acknowledging that the Zimbabwean president might have made some mistakes in governance, Rawlings said Britain should recognise that the days of colonialism are over and as such must relate with former colonies in Africa in the light of what they are - sovereign and independent states.

"Do they think we are back to those primitive eras when the colonialists could arrest and exile leaders of Africa any time they felt like it?" he questioned.
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