Zimbabwe denies attacks on Zuma, SADC

2011-04-15 11:02

Harare - Zimbabwe's foreign minister on Friday denied his government had attacked South African President Jacob Zuma and the regional bloc SADC following unusually sharp criticism of veteran ruler Robert Mugabe.

"Government has never and will never attack SADC," Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi said in the state-owned Herald newspaper after meeting with diplomats from the Southern African Development Community.

"We are friends and allies. If there was an attack, it was not from government but from somewhere. You know who speaks on behalf of government or Zanu-PF. They have never said anything."

SADC's security organ called on Zimbabwe to end political violence and respect basic freedoms, in a sharply worded communique from a March 31 summit.

"We will not brook any dictation from any source. We are a sovereign country. Even our neighbours cannot dictate to us. We will resist that," Mugabe said the following day, according to the state news agency.

The state-owned Sunday Mail newspaper went a step further with a personal attack on Zuma describing him as a "liability, not only to South Africa, but also to the rest of the continent".

The two incidents sparked a war of words with Pretoria and prompted Harare to dispatch an official on a damage-control mission to SADC states.

  • willieman - 2011-04-15 11:40

    Robert Mugabe ran out of ideas--the only thing that is left of him is to insult other leaders.Thatcher,Major,Blaire,Bush,Tutu,Kofi Anan,the late L Mowanawasa(Zambia) now lately Obama,Moon and Zuma.All this people are progressive you still stuck on one thing "the blaming game".Japan did not blame the Americans,they started to rebuild their country and exploited american universities they did not kill their own people. WAKE UP MENSE

  • Mike - 2011-04-15 11:41

    Bob bob if only what you say is true. Spread a story and blame the opposition or any other ghost. Pity you have no confidance in zim doctors you off to china for hospitalization and you ppl suffer what you have distroyed.

  • Meanleader - 2011-04-15 11:54

    Old Bob hasn't got long to go now !!!! The devil will claim his own sooner or later ....... Hmmmmmmmm I'm gonna relish it . We are going to celebrate !

      Ponkie - 2011-04-17 14:10

      Even the Devil do not want that filth in his place.

  • Davy Murah - 2011-04-15 12:29

    It was there in the state controlled media, and the message was loud and clear from Mugaebe, so why make a U Turn now???

  • bar-one - 2011-04-15 13:26

    Floyd shivaaambuuu must be their spin doctor

  • psydomx - 2011-04-15 20:17

    Only idiots mouth off then deny it.

  • Ponkie - 2011-04-17 14:12

    Time for the clowns to stop their war of words and get on with the "real thing" Pitch their dilapidated armies against each other so the whole world can laugh at them.

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