Zimbabwe

Fight Western forces, not me, Mugabe tells opposition

2016-05-16 13:46
President Robert Mugabe. (File, AFP)

President Robert Mugabe. (File, AFP)

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Abuja - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has told members of the opposition to fight Western forces instead of blaming him and his ruling Zanu-PF party for the problems bedeviling the southern African country, New Zimbabwe has reported.

While addressing supporters at a rally in Masvingo, Mugabe berated members of the opposition, calling them out for not fighting against foreign interference and, instead, criticising the ruling party.

"They never criticise the Americans and the British. All they do is fight Zanu-PF. What have we done wrong - bringing freedom to the country?" the nonagenarian questioned.

Despite being blamed for the country's economic woes, Mugabe has often lashed out at Western forces, claiming that sanctions imposed on him due to human rights violations were the reason for squalor in his country.

Mugabe's latest rant was not the first time he has placed blame on the US and Britain, with the Zimbabwean leader having claimed that US President Barack Obama was afraid of him in 2014.

According to The Telegraph, Mugabe ordered white citizens in the country to "go back to England", while claiming that he was continually excluded from international summits due to Western leaders' fear of him.

The charismatic leader has in the past, been accused by opposition members of being out of touch with reality, particularly after claiming that the Zimbabwean economy was on the road to recovery.

"This is like the devil quoting the bible. He may pontificate as much as he wants, but no sane people would take him seriously," secretary general of the People's Democratic Party(PDP), Godern Moyo, was quoted as saying.


Read more on:    zanu-pf  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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