Mugabe: Zanu-PF fired up

2010-12-18 22:24

Harare - Zimbabwe's president said on Saturday his party is ready to regain its political dominance, likening it to a fast-moving train that would crush those who stood in its way.

Winding up the annual convention of his Zanu-PF party, President Robert Mugabe said the party was "rejuvenated" after losing its parliamentary majority in the last elections. He described it as a "fired, fuelled, fast-moving train".

Mugabe has called for national elections next year to bring an end to the shaky two-year coalition with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, a former longtime opposition leader.

But in his closing address to 4 500 party loyalists, Mugabe stopped short of declaring a timetable for future elections. He has been in power in Zimbabwe for 30 years.

Mugabe: Convention historical

Tsvangirai's party argues the nation is not ready for elections next year, citing economic woes and long delays in rewriting the nation's outdated constitution.

The coalition was formed after violence-marred elections in 2008 that lost Mugabe his three-decade parliamentary majority. Tsvangirai and his Movement for Democratic Change party boycotted a presidential runoff poll, citing torture, intimidation and illegal arrests of his supporters.

Mugabe described the convention in the eastern city of Mutare as two historical days that would chart the party's work in future months.

"We are back on the revolutionary rails," Mugabe said.

He said delegates gave momentum to black empowerment programmes. Tsvangirai's party insists that business takeovers are scaring away much needed investors in the embattled economy.

Mugabe said foreign banks and financial institutions will be scrutinised under the empowerment drive.
"Don't expect your banks here to remain the same as they have been," he said.

Foreign mining interests were removing gold and minerals from the country and making money from them. "This must now stop," Mugabe said.

Threat of 100% company takeover

Foreign companies whose nations imposed targeted sanctions involving travel and banking bans on Mugabe and his party leaders also faced measures against them.

"We will be very, very strict to the extent of even refusing investment from their countries," said Mugabe.

On Friday, Mugabe warned that unless sanctions are removed his party will take 100% of Western firms. Under the current empowerment laws, black Zimbabweans can acquire a 51 percent stake in main businesses.

Britain, the former colonial power, the US and the European Union enforced restrictions on Mugabe and his party elite to protest democratic and human rights violations in a decade of political and economic turmoil.

  • grant.hide - 2010-12-18 23:11

    my uno can derail a train :P

      Schalk - 2010-12-19 03:04

      The train this mad man refers to is just the gravy train he never really got off from. He has done the “crushing” of those in his way; the sorry state of Zim is proof of how not to run a country. But hey,... it wasn’t his fault, it is the Brits and anyone else just not him and his cronies. He really is mentally unstable and should be sectioned. The good people of Zim will cry more before this man is ousted. I am ashamed as member of the human race that this mass murderer is allowed to carry on with his evil regime.

      gregx - 2010-12-19 06:33

      Schalk, don't categorize yourself with mugabe, he is a primate not yet fully evolved. If it wasn't for the Brits he (and all his tribe) would still be chucking spears and wearing loin cloth. You'd think the billions he and his corrupt wife grace have amassed (blood diamonds) would be enough, but no, he's that baboon with his fist in a hole, he cant let go, won't let go until he dead. May he burn in hell...

      Nico - 2010-12-19 07:14

      May he die in hell, with fire burning him and the devil laughing at him. MAY this also happen to his South African "friends". Sorry, but this is how I feel.

  • Pop Idol - 2010-12-19 04:54

    "Zanu-PF fired up" We all know what that means;people are going to DIE.

  • Blip - 2010-12-19 06:59

    It's only Zimbabwe. It's only Africa. Who really gives a damn and why should they? The white man's burden has long been cast off, so why even bother. Simply let Africans do what Africans always do. And live with the consequences.

      Ross - 2010-12-19 07:34

      You are sooo right. The African mentality differs 180 degrees from the rest of the world. Leave them be and watch the show.

  • exrhodesian - 2010-12-19 07:46

    Yep mad dog mugabe is getting his litter of puppies all fired up to go and cause mayhem and start his his killing spree and intimidation. That is all Africa knows in politics kill kill and kill. Rule by fear and that is the system of the WHOLE of Africa.

      kmotsi - 2010-12-19 12:52

      ex rhodisian.....stop living in the past! its such kind of names and behaviour that gets you in trouble !check your rhodisia and Ian Smith and all his good deeds! You came from miles away to come and fight for what is ours, killed and raped for anothers heritage and now you have the nerve to talk out of backside. SHAME ON YOU...YOU ARE THE MAD DOG

      exrhodesian - 2010-12-19 13:15

      Kmotsi-- when you take off your nappies and stop drinking from a bottle that mugabe holds for you, you can speak. Many of us were born in Rhodesia from 2nd and 3rd generations and NEVER did any Rhodesian armed forces rape, pillage and murder like mugabe and his cronies. What about the the brutal genocide in Matebeleland that was carried out mugabe and his Korean troops. What about the rape and murder of civilians in the Viscount aircraft shot down by "men" near Kariba. Wake up and smell the flowers and realise mugabe looks after no-one but his own and people like you. You will vote and get the government you deserve. Maybe it would be better for the whole western world to leave you alone and you can die like flies and go back to living in the bush and continue with all your tribal wars of murder, rape and carnage. What have you achieved in Zimbabwe since the white man left--nothing. You have managed to destroy plenty but other that that you have done nothing for the country, That is why your people are flocking to the relative safety of South Africa.

      Nico - 2010-12-19 21:52

      Kmotsi can't even spell Rhodesia.... that for intelligence...

  • Arsenefaithful - 2010-12-19 12:25

    It is a shame. Mugabe is senile. Old people after a while lose that ability to reason fairly and they become more entrenched in their own views. Enhanced, renewed and global influential power must now stand by Tsvangirai. A man upholding the only bit of real humanity and common sense in Zim.

      kmotsi - 2010-12-19 12:49

      Tsvangirai is not the answer.... the answer is the west leaving Zimbabweans to deal with our issues the way we know best "as a family". Morgan Tsvangirai is good manager but he is not a director! Mugabe may be old but we his sons and daughters are at out prime intellectually and physically.

      rodneykdc - 2010-12-19 14:42

      Kmotsi you must eat your sadza not smoke it you effing curly haired idiot

      kmotsi - 2010-12-20 07:46

      rodney you are just an angry little boy. shut up and let the grown ups debate! your hate speech has no place here? call me what you want I have a feeling I will always be a better person than you.

      Other Justin - 2010-12-20 11:00

      @Komotsi, I completely agree with you, the west should pull out of Zimbabwe and allow the Zimbabwean economy and country to implode. The rest of the world has wasted enough of their time and resources on Zimbabwe and people like you. You should be left to yourselves so that you can die...oops I mean lie in the bed that you have made for yourselves.

  • bvizur - 2010-12-20 05:53

    SUCCESSES OF AFRICAN LEADERS 1960-2010: (The latest example Robert Mugabe): Corruption, Destruction, Barbarism, Thuggery, Looting, Exploitation, Hooliganism, Intimidation, Collapse of Govt. Infrastructures, Smuggling, Begging, Corporate Theft, Dictatorships, Ethnic Cleansing & Violence, Poverty, and blaming Colonialism for their destructive greedy habits.

  • bvizur - 2010-12-20 06:04

    @Kmostsi: So you love His Higness Destroyer Mugabe , tell me what about the multi-million dollars grand theft ZISCO Scandal?, your ZANU-PF Looting Thugs frozen Bank accounts in Europe?, your ZANU-PF Thugs UN Sactions Lists?, your Troop Leader Mugabe`s USD $ 50 Million apartment in Hong Kong he bought for his daugter to live in = ZAR R 350 Million, did your hero earn that loot? His Disgrce Wife multi-million US Dollar shopping sprees in Hong Kong, Malysia, Europe? while normal Zimbabwean cannot even buy bread, milk, flower? truly are a brainwashed Zanu-PF pre-prorammed election puppet.... enjoy your suffering under ZANU-PF rule and your Idiot Troop Leader`s destruction of a once beautiful country, let him Nationalise all companies, banks, mines, chase foreigners out of Zimbabwe, print trillions more Zim Dollars, stash his loot in foreign bank accounts, close all Zim Borders and create your heaven you love so much.... one hellhole of a rubbishdump country.

      Nico - 2010-12-20 20:40

      I just love it what you wrote. I can only hope kmotsi can read...

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