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Mugabe turns to China for military defence

2012-09-15 08:15

Harare - Zimbabwe's president says his country turned to China to beef up its military training capabilities after what he called threats of an invasion from Western countries intending to lead to "regime change."

President Robert Mugabe said on Friday at the opening of a Chinese-built military training academy north of Harare that "hate-filled tactics" by the West have acted as a "wake-up call" for the country to strengthen its defence. Zimbabwe received a $98m loan from China to build the sprawling complex.

China wants the loan repaid over 13 years from diamonds being mined by Chinese companies in eastern Zimbabwe.

Mugabe said the new National Defence College will act as a "think tank" on security matters under threat from Western enemies whose "adventurism went to the extent of seeking a military invasion of Zimbabwe".

Comments
  • martin.marais.90 - 2012-09-15 08:25

    Yep, clever paranoid Bob will propably buy a couple of submarines to protect his shorelines....

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-09-15 08:47

      We will lend him two of ours, they can apparently sail on the earth's surface as that is where they are parked. Why is Mbeki so quiet?

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-15 09:05

      Kolganzi-9 Your comment is as misplaced as an hole in an imaginary wall. The western countries would not have pulled out of Africa in the first place if they thought trying to rule over the masses here was an achievable thing.

      mike.boylen - 2012-09-15 09:11

      @kolobe.mzansi.9. Noone is interested in invading Zimbabwe. Mugabe needs to get his army ready for the next election - to make sure everyone votes the right way.

      nicholas.graan - 2012-09-15 10:18

      Senile and parnoid old dictator. $98m "loan" ...yeah right! The Chinese will never see that money again, thats a handout not a loan.

      BulletProof. - 2012-09-15 11:24

      This is for the idiots that believe in Chinese neo-colonialism in Africa: http://www.aljazeerah.info/Opinion%20Editorials/2011/April/4%20o/The%20New%20Imperialism,%20China%20in%20Angola%20By%20Rafael%20Marques%20de%20Morais.htm

      pj.egolie - 2012-09-15 17:22

      Is this what they call a slow boat to china ......

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-15 08:28

    What a load of BS !!! Another ,clever' investment by China, which will cost the people of Zimbabwe dearly !! Like all 'investments' done by China in Africa; There is only ONE beneficiary; CHINA !!

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-15 09:09

      Agree but I'd rather say to my Neighbor "HI CHINA" than F- Off Bob.

  • michael.barns.1 - 2012-09-15 08:29

    You can't teach a fool... Saddam Hussein had the 3rd largest army in the world, yeah it lasted about a week against the the USA and its allies! haha... go ahead Bob just burn the money, at least you'll keep your people warm!

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-15 08:33

    And he needs a bailout from us? Seems like his chinese buddies will give him all the support he needs even against an imaginary strike from the west. Truth... ZanuPF need help to stay in power and they don't like the idea of losing to Morgan. Come election time they will make sure the population does what Mugabe wants.

  • Hercules Leonardo Giorgino - 2012-09-15 08:46

    I need to know now what the difference is between the old colonisers fromthe west and these new colonisers from the East. They are going to rape the country 10 fold compared to the west. Are you blind Mugabe or just ignorant I really need to know. Once again Africa bleeds

      BulletProof. - 2012-09-15 11:40

      http://www.aljazeerah.info/Opinion%20Editorials/2011/April/4%20o/The%20New%20Imperialism,%20China%20in%20Angola%20By%20Rafael%20Marques%20de%20Morais.htm

  • james.bondiski - 2012-09-15 08:51

    Oh Bob you senile demented waste of oxygen idiot. You have seriously neglected your people . Why dont you die already and let Morgan look after your country and bring it up to speed again.

  • ciaran.bates.3 - 2012-09-15 08:55

    Who would want to invade Zimbabwe. There is nothing left. Mugabe and his cronies have already taken it all.

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-09-15 09:00

    Well done Bob. Fore warned is fore armed.

  • rich.mashimbye - 2012-09-15 09:11

    Gradually but steadily, China is taking over Africa

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-15 09:12

    He must be the only one that believes in what he says. What sell out to Beijing.

  • ken.koen - 2012-09-15 09:16

    All of the world is a circus, and Africa provides the clowns!

  • javed.chogle - 2012-09-15 09:20

    I don't mind the Chinese , I would rather stay away from bankrupt west .

      brett.michielin - 2012-09-15 09:36

      You obviously blind. The chinese government is a parasite. Catch up on a bit of reading before you make silly comments. See how the people live there. See how little money they life on. Africa has sold its soul to china. Go look at the coasts of mozambique there is nothing left for a couple of roads and a football stadium they gave up one of their main resources. Its all fished out.

      BulletProof. - 2012-09-15 11:08

      This is a bit of chinese taste for idiots that believe in them: http://www.aljazeerah.info/Opinion%20Editorials/2011/April/4%20o/The%20New%20Imperialism,%20China%20in%20Angola%20By%20Rafael%20Marques%20de%20Morais.htm

  • ivan.ferreira - 2012-09-15 09:23

    The true invaders here are the Chinese. Zimbabwe has sold out to China. Once again "Africans" selling off their natural resources to the highest bidder. What I don't get is why force white African farmers off productive land but then sell your diamond minds and god knows what to China?????

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-15 09:33

    Merciless and toothless old lion is scared till it seeks Fong kong military defence.

  • mariette.brand - 2012-09-15 09:37

    Mugabe, old and senile and long since not fit to occupy his current position. He's hallucinating. How can such old people be allowed to carry on ruling countries, destroying the lives and futures of so many young generations? Totally illogical and unfair.

  • Graham.Jason.Duncombe - 2012-09-15 09:39

    Haha! Doesn't he realize what he has fallen for? Giving away Africa's wealth to the East now.

  • bobo.jane.1 - 2012-09-15 09:47

    Check Mate SA !

      riaan.w.vanwyk - 2012-09-15 11:15

      Here's a crazy thought, but what if China wanted to invade Southern Africa? What defenses would SA have? Our military is like a toothless dog, so we are a easy target as it is..

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-09-15 10:15

    Why all this trouble if your country is in ruins because of your paranoia? You and your regime messed up a once beautiful country so that you could steal the wealth of the country.

  • david.b.hutton - 2012-09-15 10:39

    Bobby, search Dr Manning in YouTube, your answer lies there :-)

  • kosmonooit - 2012-09-15 10:43

    I don't think 'the West' give a hoot about Zim right now. And as though China is on philanthropic mission in Africa. It's only too obvious they setting up debt traps to ensure sustainable pillage of the natural resources. And what about the dire state of education, public health etc etc Cde Bob? Don't you think the income thereof is better spent on improving the lot of the people? No, you think spending money on arms and armed forces is going to protect your and your cronies privileged lot.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-09-15 10:55

    What a disgrace this terrorist is.

  • alf.pop - 2012-09-15 11:07

    francois.smith.7: Mbeki is still practising quiet diplomacy!

  • sampson.mamphweli - 2012-09-15 11:26

    This is the man who fights against colonialism, and when he feels threatened he sells the diamonds to a foreign government, what a contradiction.

  • ian.jansevanvuuren - 2012-09-15 11:32

    Mmmm...."think tank" indeed. Isn't that a bit like "Zimbabwean Intelligence"? Military invasion of Zimbabwe? If ever there has been any doubt about mad Bob's sanity, he has just turned that on its head. What's left to invade? Half his people are in SA anyhow.

  • comrade.shefu - 2012-09-15 12:01

    AU can't see that Mugabe is a security threat to the continent.China is dominating Africa bit by bit.Wake up before they colonise Africa again.

  • comrade.shefu - 2012-09-15 12:01

    AU can't see that Mugabe is a security threat to the continent.China is dominating Africa bit by bit.Wake up before they colonise Africa again.

  • bmaestro - 2012-09-15 12:19

    we are sick and tired of this sh#t,only the Gaddaffi tactic can remove this old fart from the reins thats for sure

  • 009ICE - 2012-09-15 13:56

    the man is insane and paranoid,China is on mission to dominate the world,why not provide basic services instead of a stupid military academy?Colonialism re invented

  • eben.potgieter - 2012-09-15 14:45

    Bob no one wants to invade Zimbabwe, no one even wants to go there, even your own people are leaving.

  • tony.vanniekerk.35 - 2012-09-15 16:20

    Only beefing up the military to suppress hi own people while using the West as an excuse.

  • march54 - 2012-09-15 16:59

    Shame Bob, North Korea tired of supporting your sorry arse. China will also ask for their \pound of flesh\.

  • Notrax123 - 2012-09-16 10:59

    $100 million loan to Zimbabwe by South Africa – September 2012 South Africa stands on the threshold of a loan of between around R820 to R840 million Rand to Zimbabwe. While South Africa loans Zimbabwe money to feed it’s people – everyone in South Africa have to pull their belts in and the poorer get poorer, we here there is no any more money for this and that. Moe-gabe must be laughing his rear end off – Those dumb South Africans will feed my people because they want change in Zim, He,He – while me and my Chinese buddy surpress them Hee, Heee. “Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will meet his Zimbabwean counterpart Tendai Biti to discuss Zimbabwe's loan request, the finance ministry said on Monday. After the meeting, the request would be passed on to Cabinet, spokeswoman Phumza Macanda said. "South Africa has previously assisted Zimbabwe, contributing R300 million to the SADC agriculture support programme, a portion of which was used for the purchase of seeds, fertiliser and fuel for agricultural production in Zimbabwe." The previous loan was provided via the African Renaissance Fund, managed by the international relations department.

  • Notrax123 - 2012-09-16 11:02

    ontinued......... In 2009, South Africa gave Zimbabwe another R300m budget support grant for municipal infrastructure, including health and education facilities. Davidson said he had written to Gordhan asking that any funding to Zimbabwe have conditions aimed at helping the country reach peaceful political transition.” Then we get the following statements from so called boffins (boffins is a derogatory term in my dictionary) “Potential aid to a second neighbor with a questionable human rights and governance record is bound to raise eyebrows. But given that Zimbabwe is in a critical transitional phase, "hopefully" towards a post-Mugabe governance arrangement, support at this time could constitute a strategic investment in a more democratic future, said Peter Draper, senior research fellow at the South African Institute for International Affairs” Wake up South Africans, we have a real military threat on our border.

  • varena.vahuu - 2012-09-16 11:56

    To Mugabe the West is anyone who votes against him. The war is planned against unarmed citizens. He has thought to bring in karate kicks to force the voters to vote for him.

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