Zimbabwe

Beware of foreign forces, says Mugabe

2012-08-15 12:43
President Robert Mugabe. (AP)

President Robert Mugabe. (AP)

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Cape Town - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has told security forces that they must be on the watch for what he called foreigners who want to loot the country’s resources, a report said on Wednesday.

Speaking in Harare at celebrations to mark Zimbabwe's Defence Forces Day, the 88-year-old leader urged all security forces and "progressive Zimbabweans" to remain "focused, loyal and patriotic" to defend the country’s resources, according to voanews.

"We should join hands to resist the unjustified pander of our resources by undeserving foreign forces that come to us like friends in the name of democracy and globalisation, yet they have sinister ulterior motives," said Mugabe.

Mugabe, who has been Zimbabwe's leader since the country won independence in 1980, is not new to scoffing at the concept of democracy. In the past he has referred to democracy as a foreign concept to Africans. On several occasions he has said the West cannot preach democracy to him since he fought British colonial rule in Zimbabwe.

Meanwhile, giving his message during the same event, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai urged security officers to "stay out of politics".

Power-sharing government


Zimbabwean soldiers have been named by rights groups as one of the sources of political violence which has resulted in the deaths of MDC supporters and ordinary people, according to Radiovop.

"I have no doubt that the majority of our soldiers are professionals who respect and are sworn to upholding the country’s constitution,” said Tsvangirai. “They are aware that politics leads the gun and not vice versa."

Zimbabwe has been ruled by a power-sharing government formed by Mugabe and Tsvangirai in February 2009, after violent and inconclusive presidential elections unleashed a political and economic meltdown.

The country now looks forward to a referendum, following the finalisation of work on a new proposed constitution that will pave the way for elections.

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