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Power-sharing can't continue - Mugabe

2010-12-17 22:30

Mutare - Zimbabwe's power-sharing government is not working and must end, President Robert Mugabe said on Friday, putting him on a collision course with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

The two men have been at loggerheads for months amid mounting tension in a country where Mugabe's opponents say hundreds of political activists were killed during the last presidential election in 2008.

Mugabe told more than 4 000 of his Zanu-PF party supporters that the uneasy arrangement with arch-rival Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) had not solved the country's problems and should be dissolved.

"We agreed to work together... as a compromise to enable us to sort things out, establish peace, political stability, now some are dragging their feet," the veteran leader said.

"The GPA can't be allowed to continue," he added, referring to the Global Political Agreement with the MDC, the former opposition party that joined Zanu-PF in a shaky unity government in February 2009.

The coalition government had been plagued by disagreements over how to handle the country's massive debt and the food shortages, and internal haggling over who gets key jobs.

Fresh elections

Mugabe, who has for months been calling for fresh elections, said the MDC had not honoured the deal.

"What it has done is to reveal and expose to us what we did not know, now we know this creature the MDC, has no policy, no ideology, no philosophy except change, change," he said, opening the conference.

Mugabe and Tsvangirai formed the compromise administration six months after a chaotic and inconclusive presidential vote.

The veteran leader, who at 86 is Africa's oldest leader, has signalled that he wants elections to be held next year, but the MDC has said key reforms must be put in place first to ensure a free and fair vote.

Zanu-PF delegates at the party conference in the eastern city of Mutare, however, are expected to rubber stamp Mugabe's push for polls.

"Every delegate is ready for the battle of elections next year," Mike Madiro, a Zanu-PF provincial chairperson, earlier told AFP.

Revenge

In March 2008, Tsvangirai won the presidential election defeating Mugabe, but he fell short of the required majority resulting in a run-off ballot which the MDC leader refused to take part in, allowing Mugabe to win unopposed.

On Thursday, Tsvangirai said only a presidential vote would address the issue of "illegitimacy" following the disputed run-off poll, but he refused to specify any date when elections should take place.

The MDC has previously said that credible polls are not possible until 2012 at the earliest.

Mugabe also used the conference on Friday to warn British and US companies in Zimbabwe that they faced nationalisation if the international community failed to drop sanctions against Mugabe and his inner circle.

"Why should we continue having companies and organisations that are supported by Britain and America without hitting back? Time has come for us to revenge," he said, referring to laws that allow him to take the companies over.

"We can read the riot act and say this is 51% we are taking and if the sanctions persist we are taking over 100%."

Comments
  • louwevert - 2010-12-17 22:59

    When is this idiot mugabe going to depart to hel ,so the devil can take a rest.Hitler was hunted by the world,when is this man going to be recognized as Africas Hitler?

      cervezab - 2010-12-18 09:39

      when he grows a cute little moustache

      trippygrape - 2010-12-18 09:53

      @cervezab He's done so in the past, see : http://www.gubuwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/robertmugabe.jpg http://spectator.org/assets/mc/moustaches.jpg http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_zENuDflPejY/TAB8kK0ohOI/AAAAAAAAEec/GyPl9V0hWTA/s1600/robert-mugabe-2.jpg http://www.therightperspective.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/mugabe_hitler_now_in_black_mugabe.jpg There you go, he qualifies as Africa's Black Hitler, happy?

  • Francois - 2010-12-17 23:16

    Dear, honourable, lovable leader forever, courtesan to Racist Mbeki and lover of Jacob Zuma - we are inspired by your fearless leadership. You appointed the provincial governors outside the GPA, as well as the governor of the reserve bank and the State attorney. Your constant not keeping to the agreement is the only constant in Zimbabwe, it is the only thing that does not change - oh sorry I forgot one thing - the absolute human rights abuse of people in Zimbabwe that do not vote for you also does not change along with the looting of the state. Keep it up our fearless example and tell Baas Jacob that he must stand with you during there trying times, we all know that Baas Zuma do not care two ticks about human rights - so Viva Bob, Viva Zuma and Viva Racist Mbeki.

  • william.botha - 2010-12-17 23:18

    Wouldn't expect anything less from a despot.

  • RobbieYahu - 2010-12-17 23:20

    mugabe is an evil dictator !!! his type is what is killing our beautiful AFRICA !!! the Zimbabwe people must just stop his horror-wagon at once they have allowed this monster to stay in power for tooooo long.... it is because of his pathetic sick leadership that the poor are suffering ...let he ...mugabe.. live in their conditions .... and watch him flee ... but NO he clings to power to keep him living like an aristocrat !!!! shame on him !!! all neighbours must take hands and rid AFRICA of this mugabe - cancer !!!!! peace4peace

  • AlfredNeuman - 2010-12-18 02:41

    For once I agree with Mugabe, power sharing can't continue. You lost the elections so bugger off and lets get on with it. Tsvangirai is probably not much better but he can't be worse than the crazy, syphilis ridden lunatic uncle Bob, can he?

  • malput - 2010-12-18 02:55

    the only way you will get rid of this sick despot is a coup organised by african based people ,not the simon manns of the world,get my drift!!!!

  • bvizur - 2010-12-18 06:16

    The sad thing about this thug Mugabe is that the ANC SA Government support him and just cannot see anything wrong in Mugabe, his looting, his thuggery, his grand theft self enrichment greedy hooliganism called ''nationalisation''. If the after life is eternal may Mugabe and his greedy wife and cohorts suffer forever for their destruction and corruption. What is funny or shall I call it either stupidity or a lack of wisdom is that the ANC Government will refer for each blunder they or Mugabe make to the ''apartheid days, old colonialism regimes'' but his looting and exploitation of Zimbabwe has caused millions to fall into severe povery and suffering including brutally massacaring innocent people Zanu-PF slaining innocent people like dogs and nobody say anything about this....is it because its not a 'white vs black'' crime but a ''black vs black'' crimes and accetpable as long as its not whites?

      randrdunbar - 2011-02-03 14:59

      You may be assuming too much.The Zimbabwean people are too weak to stand up to Mr.Mugabe.The so called 'international community' will not intervene as they support Mr.Mugabe,he is their man,although Mr.Tsangirai has been accused of colluding with the USA & Britain.Atrocities have been committed against those of African & European origin.This is a Democracy (false) that has gone terribly wrong.

  • Ross - 2010-12-18 07:50

    Rant as much as you like he remains the dear leader. He kicked the white's out and that is good enough for the masses. Mugabe is also very popular in South Africa (Azania).

      Kevin Rack - 2010-12-18 08:14

      Maybe you can emigrate and wave at the multitudes fleeing the other way. The masses of Zimbonweans on South Africa should give you the answer. The ANC, sorry Cadre plonkers, love this guy so much they want to copy his successful economic policies with Malenema thinking this great. Only retards and cadres could like Mugabe.

      Rhino - 2010-12-18 08:28

      Tja Ross good bye whites, Hello chinks. You have seen nothing yet, but you will deserve it in the fullest.

      cervezab - 2010-12-18 09:44

      @Kevin and Rhino - I am pretty sure Ross does not like Mugabe, don't be so quick to label him, he merely tried to express that no matter how much everyone insults him here, he is still a love man by many, and we don't make a difference in Mugabe or his supporters lives

  • exrhodesian - 2010-12-18 08:04

    What else can you expect from mad dog mugabe. It has only been since the coalition that things have started to improve. Take away the coalition at Zim will again go down to tubes to where mugabe wants it. As long as there is this idiot in power no improvement. May the voters get what they deserve. Don't look to SA for help as they are using you as a role model trying to see if they can get to your level but only faster.

  • Francois - 2010-12-18 08:09

    Oom Mad Bob, actually you should not have had any power to share, because you stole your power way back in 2002 already. Thus according to Common law, it is actually not yours to share. Before you go, please tell the wolrd what lever you had on Racist Mbeki - did he sleep with you wife or what?

  • O'Mally - 2010-12-18 08:23

    Leave Mugabe alone. Its the African way. Disorganisation, greed, power, ruthlessness. Its how Africa works.Let it sort itself out, or not. As or being tried for crimes against humanity, why is it only Africans, Middle Eastern & Eastern Europeans that qualify for crimes against humanity. Until the likes of Bush & Blair get tried, they should abolish these trials.

  • ArtGee - 2010-12-18 08:28

    Only reason the ANC are MUM on the ZImbo issue, is the fact that old SHAGGA-ZULU "POMPS" Muagarbage's wife everytime he wisits there. But, by the looks of it she must be a kuk POMP, as the visits are not that frequent!

  • johnbradfield27 - 2010-12-18 08:47

    The only way the Zimbabwe problem will be solved is when Bob kicks the bucket.

  • goyougoodthing - 2010-12-18 09:34

    Mugabe, backed by our own SA government, is a disgrace. Not only that, he is the role model of Malema etc so don't be surprised when SA ends up in the toilet.

      randrdunbar - 2011-02-03 15:10

      Malema:Been there, got the t-shirt,got the autobiography 'How to ruin a country in record time'Gee,when will I be President.Can't wait.

  • kmotsi - 2010-12-18 12:05

    all you people talk a lot of nonsense whilst you sit away from Zimbabwe and follow the lies spread by the media. I am a proud Zimbabwean and still happily living in Zimbabwe with a leader who has US (isusu) zimbabweans at heart...what makes you think you deserve our land, wealth? why you so worried about US? we dont give a sh**t about your lives and policies and gay behaviour... Honorable Commander in Chief R.G Mugabe is our leader and we like it like that..stay in your flithy homes and streets and leave Zim to Zims !

      goyougoodthing - 2010-12-18 12:39

      You can have Mugabwe pal

      Rhino - 2010-12-19 10:11

      Dearest kmotsi do be quit honest, I do give a shit what you and your honorable commander are doing. I couldn't give a dam what happens out of you and your beloved tyrant. As I written further up in this thread you will wake up very soon with the chinks already in your country. Then my friend you will really find out what racism is. Why don't you come to South Africa and tell the millions of your country man how beautiful Zimbabwe now is. I am a German-South African and when some people here compare your honorable commander with Hitler, there right my friend.

      Rhino - 2010-12-19 10:17

      I like to add that Hitler just as your honorable commander hat his followers which kept him in power until total distraction. Just like in Nazi Germany is the majority of the people in your country against this ruthless peace of sh#$t but helpless against his brutality. People like you make me sick.

      kmotsi - 2010-12-19 12:20

      Rhino...I may make you sick and you can compare my leader to Hitler all you want because you are entitled to your twisted opinion.We have always been awake and thats why we remain one of the safest destinations in Africa with beautiful land scape, dams and wildlife, the "chinks" as you like to refer to them in your racist head are here, working with us and assisting us techonologically and like any other nation when we dont need them they to will have to be told their place. Unlike the other weak african countries the chinese know their place in Zimbabwe... why is it so bothering to NON Zimbabweans that WE stand up for our rights and defend our god given right to our country....show us your backs and we will kick those arogant butts OUT of Zimbabwe. I am not a german-zimbabwean but a Zimbabwean and until you have been to Zimbabwe I dont feel you qualify to disrespect us and or our president.Women and children are dying in Sudan ....spend your time and money there! We dont need it

      Johan - 2010-12-19 17:14

      kmotsi, we'll gladly do that, but then you must leave South Africa to South Africans! So take the thousands of (mostly illegal) Zimbabweans in South Africa and go back to your country. This will also cause the crime rate in SA to drop considerably.

      Johan - 2010-12-19 17:32

      Oh kmotsi, I forgot to say - while you ask South Africans to leave Zimbabwe, I assume this includes all the money we bring into your country with tourism, all the support and also the cheap fuel?

      BilboBaggins - 2010-12-19 19:21

      @kmotsi. Blind loyalty is a form of denialism. Your country has nothing left - your health system, for example - and millions of Zimbabweans have run away from the country to other SADC countries. Your country owes South Africa many millions for electricity and you GDP is at zero (except of course for the blood diamonds which the poor get nothing) and so on. None so blind as those whi will not see.

      Markis - 2010-12-19 20:12

      Kmotsi, you and your people are going to starve without the white farmers there so maybe mugabe did a good thing. No sadza, no zesa, no wealth!! DI@K HEAD!

      michaelgreen777 - 2010-12-20 02:18

      @kmotsi: You are delusional! Your wonderful leader has led Zimbabwe from being one of the most fertile, richest countries in Africa to the cesspool it is today! Zimbabwe is listed in the top 5 poorest countries on earth with a whopping 80% unemployment rate. One of the only countries that can boast a one hundred billion dollar note - ridiculous! Zimbabwe is rated as the second worst country on earth just behind North Korea, and your leader - Mugabe is amongst the top ten most hated people on earth! You are a very misguided person, whom like a sheep follows his dictator! This makes you one of the least intelligent people on earth along with all your countrymen who follow this dictator. Why is New Zealand, Australia and other first world countries helping so many refugees from your country? Why are so many fleeing over the border to SA! You are truly misguided and stupid!

      kmotsi - 2010-12-20 07:34

      @johan...the crime rate in south africa is becuase of your history(read my man)and now becaus of your corruption and stupid gun laws it has got worse. RSA police are gold diggers with fast cars and guns!The reason you have so many Zimbo's in South Africa is because South Africans are to lazy and un educated to work...its a blessing in disguise that so many respectful zimbabweans are in South Africa. Why do you think your govt is doing so much to keep them there??? what cheap fuel?? is south africa now running a pipe line to Zim? what tourism and what money ?? wake up fool. Its the other way round ...your most frequent vistor (stamped passports) is Zimbweans, you most hotel bookings are Zimbweans .. Musina has been built and supported by Zimbabwe shoppers, Makhado is booming with Zim businessmen and shoppers..and you talk about you supporting us... a country is its people and not just the govt. Zimbaweans as a nation a better nation than most.

      Johan - 2010-12-20 18:12

      kmotsi, are you sure you're not Robert 'the baboon' Mugabe himself?

      randrdunbar - 2011-02-03 15:15

      Mr.Mugabe (The Beloved Comrade) is a Malawian and Napoleon (The Butcher of Europe)was an Italian.I seriously question your miguided loyalty.

      theoldmanofthemountains - 2011-02-03 15:44

      @kmotsi. If "Honorable Commander in Chief R.G Mugabe" is so likable as you profess, then surely free & fair elections (and by that I mean free and fair as viewed by independent observers - the norm in free countries) should result in your dearly beloved leader be comfortably re-elected without having to resort to pre-election intimidation & violence. If you assertions that "your most frequent vistor (stamped passports) is Zimbweans, you most hotel bookings are Zimbweans .. Musina has been built and supported by Zimbabwe shoppers, Makhado is booming with Zim businessmen and shoppers" - that is only for one reason and one reason alone: Zimbabweans come to SA to buy goods that they cannot acquire in their own country at the same/cheaper price than in SA. I'm also not sure where on earth you divined that our hotels are mostly booked by Zimbabweans. Not unless you're referring to the ones in downtown Jo'burg...

  • Johan Kruger - 2010-12-18 12:19

    This Mugabe idiot should be taken out, NOT FOR A MEAL OR MOVIES.

  • Varknek - 2010-12-18 12:42

    Bob, I agree with you 100%. Power sharing is b@llshit. Tell Grace to pack your bags and piss off.

  • bvizur - 2010-12-19 06:49

    @Kmotsi: I just love your brainwashed peanut IQ, yes I agree your High Commander, Thug His Highly Decorated, Idoit, Hid Excellency Robert Mugabe is a great Commander may he steer Zimbabwe to African standards successfully. Your High Commander has enegineered POVERTY, DESTRUCTION, HOOLIGANISM, THUGGERY, LOOTING, EXPLOITATION, BARBARISM, masterfully you must support him and let Zimbabwe vote for him to be Commander for life, let Africa govern themselves, impliment aniti-west begging laws, enjoy the magic ride....... lastly Kmosti wherever you were educated please send all Zimbabweans to that teacher.

      kmotsi - 2010-12-19 12:31

      Bvizur...insulting me and my IQ does not make you better person , just a bitter person.Robert Mugabe is not what he was beacuse of titles , he is what he is beacuse he is a born leader...love him or hate him its up to you...we have had many a world leaders (with iQ like yours) attempt to outwit him and all they found is themselves out of job...from Marget Thatcher to Bush snr and jnr...all their foreign policy and teams have and will continue to fail .They is no distruction in Zimbabwe and we continue to build schools, hotels, offices and mines, hooligans are found in france and UK at football matches and the streets, thugs are found in New york dealing drugs and back allies of Hilbrow..I can carry on...with regards to my education I was educated in many a country including by the british themselves! I may be young , but I have travelled and seen africa and abroad and my conclusions are not based on CNN or BBC but reality. more than 50% of British nationals and americans..I am sorry to also say south africans do not have passports or know where to even apply and you call me brainwashed...we breathe, eat and live civilised drug free lives in Zimbabwe.

      Sage - 2010-12-20 01:06

      @kmotsi - Honestly, you must be one of the most deluded people on this planet. If all that you allude to is true, why is it that half the population of Zimbabwe are trying to eek out a living in South Africa?

      kmotsi - 2010-12-20 07:39

      @sage ...because like all normal humans zimbo's thrive to better their lives and they have found a place with a huge lazy population living on credit cards and borrowed funds and very un educated. I will not dwell on the stats on South african education system . I love south africa and any other african state because they are african.

      randrdunbar - 2011-02-03 15:30

      If His Awesomeness,Mr.Mugabe is such a great leader why do Zimbabweans flock to South Africa?Why can't Zimbabwe provide sufficient work opportunities for it's own people?

  • Chocalate1 - 2010-12-19 19:13

    It was doomed from the start. I never thought for one minute it would be successful. Nothing ever in collaboration with the evil man (aka Bob McGabe) would be beneficial to humankind.

  • Snoopy88 - 2010-12-19 20:45

    When is this mad old bastard going to shuffle off his mortal coil and head on down, down to his master...? That's pure evil keeping him young, the guy is 86 and he looks 60! But at least we get to see what Malema is going to be like once he's in charge!

  • randrdunbar - 2011-02-03 14:49

    Power-sharing?What power-sharing?

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