Zimbabwe

Mugabe: Britain meddling again

2013-07-16 22:07
Supporters welcome their leader President Robert Mugabe, seen on poster at rear, during a campaign rally in Chitungiwiza, Zimbabwe, about 20km south of Harare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

Supporters welcome their leader President Robert Mugabe, seen on poster at rear, during a campaign rally in Chitungiwiza, Zimbabwe, about 20km south of Harare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Special Report

Ebola: Zimbabwe to 'strictly' monitor visitors
Ebola: Zimbabwe to 'strictly' monitor visitors

The Zimbabwe has reportedly started setting up health ports to strictly monitor visitors coming into the country, following concerns that the deadly Ebola virus might spread beyond West Africa.

Chitungwiza - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe forged ahead with a campaign to extend his 33-year rule on Tuesday, lashing out at his perennial foe, ex-colonial power Britain, for political meddling.

"Right now in Britain they are saying there is no peace in Zimbabwe, just imagine," Mugabe said to thousands of residents in Chitungwiza township, 25km southeast of Harare.

"With the way you are sitting, no-one forced you to come here at gun point."

"That is why I told them that you keep your England and we keep our Zimbabwe," Mugabe said, repeating remarks made at a UN summit held in South Africa in 2002.

"Zimbabwe should never be a colony again," Mugabe who has ruled the southern African country since independence from Britain in 1980, told the cheering supporters.

Britain has not made any major public comments on developments in Zimbabwe in recent months.

But early this year its envoy to Harare, Deborah Bronnert, lamented the administration's decision to prevent Western observers from monitoring the upcoming vote.

Mugabe, 89, spoke for more than an hour at a stadium packed with thousands of activists waving caps and t-shirts emblazoned with his portrait.

Finger in the eye

It was a deliberate finger in the eye to his rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, who considers the area a stronghold.

He lashed out at Tsvangirai and the MDC-run local government councils saying they had failed to deliver basic services like water.

"This is the most populated township across the country and if people do not have water supplies, no water to flush toilets. What do you want people to do?" Mugabe said.

There are an estimated 1.5 million people living in Chitungwiza, a township created in the late 1970s.

"On the 31st July, your vote is the only weapon you have to fight what you don't like."

Mugabe faces a stiff challenge from long-time rival Tsvangirai in the watershed 31 July vote after four years in a powersharing government that was formed after disputed and violent polls in 2008.

- AFP

Read more on:    mdc  |  zanu-pf  |  morgan tsvangirai  |  robert ­mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  zimbabwe election 2013
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
131 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

20% off all TV Series!

Want to have a chilled day at home? Get 20% off TV series, the perfect excuse to "veg out". Shop now!

Save R700 on the Hisense LED TV Now R2499

Get the Hisense 32” HD ready LED TV for only R2499. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today is a good day to combine imagination, information and creativity together. Try not to over rationalise things and rather...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.