Zimbabwe: Leave us alone - President tells West
Posted: Friday, April 15, 2011
By Farirai Machivenyika and Takunda Maodza
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April 15, 2011 - herald.co.zw
President Mugabe yesterday slammed Europeans for their continued meddling in the country's internal affairs saying Zimbabwe is a sovereign State with the right to determine its own destiny.
The President, who was speaking at the burial of Cde Menard Livingstone Muzariri at the National Heroes Acre, challenged Zimbabweans to be vigilant in the face of continued aggression by Western powers.
The President's remarks follow recent discussions by the EU parliament on Zimbabwe and revelations by Britain and the US that they have an interest in the country's pending elections.
"As we assemble here there are countries that assemble in Europe to discuss Zimbabwe.
"To them Zimbabwe is not free, it is not independent, to them in their imagination, Zimbabwe is still a colony.
"In their parliament they discuss the situation in Zimbabwe. We are peaceful and we do not debate what is happening in Britain, we do not debate what is happening in Europe," he said.
President Mugabe said Zimbabwe had never sought to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.
"We do not sit as Zimbabweans, as Sadc to debate how the British coalition led by Cameron is faring. We do not debate how the Americans are running their own country and so we get alarmed when these countries have the audacity to take us as an item to discuss in their own parliament," he said.
Added President Mugabe: "Who are they, we ask? Does Britain still regard us as a colony in spite of the fact that on April 17, 1980 they sent Prince Charles to lower their flag and we hoisted our own?
"That to them is not a reality. It did not truly happen. We are still a colony, but we say we are determined as a country, a free member of the UN, a free member of NAM, a free member of AU and a free member of Sadc to debate our own issues as sovereign States."
The President told the Americans and Europeans to mind their own business.
"We do not worry about the goings on in Europe. We do not worry about the unnatural things happening there where they turn a man into a woman and woman into a man . . . If they want to call their country into a gaydom, a British gaydom, it is up to them. Chengetai tsvina dzenyu ikoko, zvikaitika kuno tinoti itsvina anozviita tinoti mupengo," President Mugabe said.
The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces castigated the recent debate on Zimbabwe by the EU parliament.
"We had the EU parliament passing a resolution on Zimbabwe, how the GPA should operate, how elections should be held and even how our diamonds should be sold.
"So you can see that the outside world wants again our country to lose its sovereign status.
"We should remain wary, vigilant and be determined to defend it and so let's remain united and take care that our country is not allowed to drift through our lack of vigilance into a situation of being controlled as a neo-colony," he said.
"We must be ready to defend our country, sacrifice our lives as many who fought the struggle did. Panyaya yekurwira nyika tose ipapo tinosungirwa kuva masoja.
"MaBritish, Europeans, at the moment onai zvavarikuita. We are Zimbabweans nationally, flying a national flag and singing a national anthem," he said.
President Mugabe reiterated that the control of Zimbabwe's resources was important in maintaining the country's sovereignty.
"If our economy is controlled by outsiders, our politics will similarly be controlled by outsiders . . . That is why we want our people to have economic power so that the political power we have secured through the barrel of the gun is economic based.
"If there is no economic base then that independence is weak, that is why we have the indigenisation policy so that our resources are controlled and owned by us so that they benefit the majority of our people," he said.
The President took a swipe on some Zanu-PF members who sell-out to the enemy and castigated some members in the inclusive Government for calling for the illegal economic sanctions and foreign interference.
On Zanu-PF members selling out, he said: "Pakati pedu tirivatsvene tese here? Tingangova vanhu vanopfunda chibhakera tichiti pamberi neZanu-PF, tinopfunda chibhakera pachokwadi here?
"Chinoitika munhu wava wega kuseri kwemusha, vamwe vanotengesa, vachimhanya kuvavengi vachiti nhasi mumusangano tanga tichiti.
"Zvino vamwe vanenge vana Menard vane maziso anoona nenzeve dzinonzwa ndovaitiudza kuti arikutengesa ndingana nangana," he said to applause.
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