Mugabe slams UN for Gaddafi's death

2012-09-27 08:46

Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said on Wednesday the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was as tragic as that of US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, as he delivered a scathing critique of US, UN and Nato actions.

Speaking firmly, if occasionally stumbling over words, the 88-year-old president accused the United States of "rushing to suck oil from Iraq" when it invaded the country in 2003 on the erroneous grounds that it possessed weapons of mass destruction.

He said the UN Security Council had allowed itself to be "abused" last year by authorising "all necessary measures" - diplomatic code for military intervention - to protect civilians in Libya in a Nato operation that eventually toppled Gaddafi's government and led to his death at the hands of rebels.

Speaking with deliberate irony, Mugabe opened an address to the UN General Assembly by praising as "most glowing and most moving" a speech by US President Barack Obama on Tuesday in which he rued Stevens' death.

Stevens and three other Americans were killed during what Washington has called a "terrorist" attack on the US mission in Benghazi on 11 September. The assault forced the evacuation of US personnel from the eastern city that was the hub for the Libyan rebel movement.

"I am sure we were all moved, we all agree, that it was a tragic death indeed and we condemn it," said Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980 and is among Africa's longest-serving leaders.

A brutal hunt

"As we in spirit join the United States in condemning that death, shall the United States also join us in condemning that barbaric death of the head of state of Libya - Gaddafi? It was a loss, a great loss, to Africa, a tragic loss to Africa."

The Zimbabwean accused the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the 28-member Western security alliance whose air strikes helped Libyan rebels defeat Gaddafi's forces, of acting under false pretences.

"The mission was strictly to protect civilians, but it turned out that there was a hunt, a brutal hunt, of Gaddafi and his family," Mugabe said. "In a very dishonest manner we saw ... Chapter 7 being used now as a weapon to rout a whole family."

Chapter 7 of the United Nations Charter allows the UN Security Council to authorise actions ranging from diplomatic and economic sanctions to military intervention.

"Bombs were ... thrown about in a callous manner and quite a good many civilians died. Was that the protection that they had sought under Chapter 7 of the Charter?

"So the death of Gaddafi must be seen in the same tragic manner as the death of Chris Stevens. We condemn both of them." Mugabe, a long-standing critic of the West, is himself widely criticised for turning what was once one of Africa's strongest economies into a basket case and has been accused of hanging on to power through vote-rigging.

No immediate comment

Other speakers at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday - notably Bolivia's leftist president, Evo Morales, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - also criticised the United States for what they see as economic and political bullying.

A US official had no immediate comment on Mugabe's remarks.

The Zimbabwean leader appeared to be in reasonable health despite questions about his wellbeing sparked by Zimbabwean media reports that he has travelled to Singapore eight times in the past year to seek medical attention.

He walked in an almost jaunty manner to and from the lectern in the General Assembly hall, where he read his speech from a written text. 

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-09-27 08:53

    Die already black Hitler die!

      Rob.Trianglem - 2012-09-27 09:17

      Did he only find out about Gaddafi now!! Goes to show how slow their news is. Go Mugarbage Go.

      Rob.Trianglem - 2012-09-27 09:50

      WOW 9 thumbs down already. Must be quite a few Garbage supporters around.

      alan.jerrold - 2012-09-27 14:44

      What a disgusting hypocrite. He has ruined a country, created at least 3 million refugees and he thinks he can criticise others? And then he asks us SA taxpayers for help? Mugabe is a classic example of negative PR for African 'leaders'.

      keith.f.murphy - 2012-10-08 20:17

      Long live the great Mugabe !!! Gaddafi was a real african hero and a lion of the african desert killed by western vampiries and rat puppets in power now.May the spirit of Gaddafi live on forever, and may all those leaders who turned against brother leader not only burn in hell but rot while they still alve.Long Live Robert

  • desertratbkf - 2012-09-27 08:58

    Oh did he just hear? dumb f*********!!!!!!

  • lynette.mufaro - 2012-09-27 08:58

    He sure knows how to structure his speech for an 88 year old!

  • toni.falletisch - 2012-09-27 09:00

    Feeling a bit scared , ar..hole?

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-27 09:01

    The brute must be brutalised,so you Bob shall be brutalised too.

  • mashudu.ndou.3 - 2012-09-27 09:02

    UN Undermine Africans leaders! Pro colonel Muammar Gaddaffi was killed for the OIL!!!!!

      JManAtheoi - 2012-09-27 09:35

      "UN Undermine Africans leaders!"... its no wonder when the examples they see are Mugabe saying what he says... what is that senile old murderer doing at the UN??

  • rknevhulaudzi - 2012-09-27 09:16

    US blood is better than any other nationality... How many people did NATO kill in Libya.. No one mentions than, because it was not US blood. Even though i condemn some of Mugabe policies, but i respect his view about Africa and his stand for Zimbabwe. Let Zimbabwe suffer in the hands of Zimbabweans than prosper in the hands of the US.

      jobho.maguni - 2012-09-27 09:34

      Mugabe would have been a good activist with his views on international politics. But he chose a position of power and became a horrible president. With his abuse of power he has killed, displaced and crushed the voices of way too many people such that his views as an activist have been clouded by his actions as a tyrant. That's how all tyrants are, good at speech bad at gorvenance and rule of law

      ephraim.mutero - 2012-09-27 12:57

      Suffering is suffering, worse if its being perpetrated by those who claim to be your liberator, Mugabe killed a lot of black people. Mugabe has run Zimbabwe to the groung, imagine Zimbabwe importing maize from Zambia, Malawi etc, now the country is a begging bowl, begging all over, half of its citizens scattered allover the world.Shame on Mugabe and his cronies.Shame on you if you support, i guess you are not one of the Citizens, so ask us we know better.

      goldwright - 2012-09-27 13:07

      That kind of reasoning just does not work rknevvhulaudzi....... Why Should Zimbabwe have to suffer in the hands of other Zimbabweans in the first place? Mugabe is NO better than those he criticizes.

      Cameron - 2012-09-27 13:14

      Go suffer along side them then fool!

  • osmaseko - 2012-09-27 09:19

    He has more good speeches than Zuma

  • bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-09-27 09:20

    Shame he must be missing his mate, first Hitler then Idi Amin now Gaddafi, persecution of these upstanding people just has to stop, Bob has become Billy no mates, maybe we should send Malema to keep him company.

      thapelo.rametsi - 2012-09-27 09:32

      You are obsessed with Juju, sorry mate!

  • niki.wessels - 2012-09-27 09:26

    "Mugabe slams UN for Gaddafi's death" He's only heard of it now?

  • gerhard.debruijn - 2012-09-27 09:27

    Hey Bob! Your people do not even have water back home. Rather go there and fix your own problems! Oh Wait..... That is not a problem for you. It is just the African way!

  • Saul Shauleen Mukwewa - 2012-09-27 09:27

    @ Bob, whatever,

  • Eterni80 - 2012-09-27 09:38

    your death won't be tragic, in fact, it'll be the greatest day Africa has ever seen you piece of garbage. - 2012-09-27 09:48

      with so much hate for our leaders it still boggles me why your kinda still sticks around...well we all know the answer the west is far worse isna! So suck it in and shut up!!

      goldwright - 2012-09-27 12:57

      Who exactly is "your kind" All of us BORN in (South) Africa, are (South) Africans, and have just as much right to stick around as the next person, and to criticize is the RIGHT of ANY citizen. Do you feel threatend by "your kind"? The more you tell "your kind" to shut up, the louder they will talk, so suck that one up

      goldwright - 2012-09-27 13:03

      btw lysh, - I don't hate, personally I believe what comes around goes around, and ALL of us will get what we've personally given in life, good or bad. I once saw Mugabe in person when I was a school girl in Zim, and he waved at me..... This was in the mid 80's, and he had such a friendly smile then, - I wonder if he was smiling so nicely when he gave the order for the 5th Brigade to sort the Matabeles out?

      Cameron - 2012-09-27 13:16

      Whoa whoa...whos leader???? He is NOT my leader you smack head!

  • philhaj - 2012-09-27 09:47

    The comments of the so called White africans torwads real Africans is always negative,i have never seen a positive whitemans comment torwads an African...this people are just genetically racists.

      coenraad.vanderwesthuizen.3 - 2012-09-27 11:56

      Don't generalise. It makes you look stupid.

  • Apatheist - 2012-09-27 09:50

    What a clown.

  • pngee - 2012-09-27 10:01

    It is fortunate for Comrade Bob that Zim does not have any oil or we may have seen pictures of Comrade Bob cowering in a culvert in downtown Harare with a mob of his ex followers baying for his blood!!

  • sisie.indola - 2012-09-27 10:07

    UN and the US wanted Gadaffi alive, he was killed by one of his own people, because he refused to hand over power (just like some one else i know .....fill in any name) Mugabe

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-09-27 10:09

    @lysh we worked for what we have cant just leave and if we go who will make money for you to live of you brainless ingorant a-hole if you want zim move there then

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-09-27 10:12

    Bob's just covering his own ass, in case the same happens in Zim, that happened in Libya. Only those who act like he and Ghaddafi did need fear reprisals.

  • TdJ01 - 2012-09-27 10:14

    R.I.P soon Rob.

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-09-27 10:19

      No, he should not rest in peace. He should forever fry in Hell, where he belongs!

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-09-27 10:47

    @ntsieni it would be the same for you will die of hunger in months but barbarics you are you deserve it i think

  • gwilym.howes - 2012-09-27 10:58

    We can draw hope and inspiration from all of this. The first great news is of course that at last, Gadaffi is dead. I have always said that even in that dark heart, there was the potential to do something good, and indeed, he has, by dying. Thank you, Dictator Gadaffi. One hopes that service delivery is quick where you are now, and that you are enjoying your just 'rewards'! Of course, it is also heart warming to note the undying loyalty of ZimBob to his old fiend. Hopefully he too will do the honourable thing soon and die, so that he may join his Libyan friend in eternal flame! Enjoy the braai,boys...

  • medhanie.ghezehey - 2012-09-27 11:21

    desplay the body of gaddafi,burry him at unknown location.african let him down.

  • richard.bernardo.982 - 2012-09-27 11:23

    Pity he doesnt practise what he preaches...Amazing that he now takes the moral high ground, wanting to judge other countries forein policies. While his cronies are protecting and enforcing his child and slave driven diamond mines back home not to mention his hit squads carring out attacks on anyone or anything that is critical of zanu-pf. Yes Mr. Mugabe you and your regime are a shinning example of exactly what Africa doesnt need.

  • andy4real - 2012-09-27 11:32

    South Africa under the leadership of Zuma deployed police to kill mineworkers in North West They deployed a special task force called "amaberete" to terrorize the communities in the Vaal, and parts of Mpumalanga. Maybe the UN should intervene

  • goldwright - 2012-09-27 11:32

    And what about the estimated thirty thousand Matables that Mugabe had killed in the 80's, many of whom were callously dumped down mine shafts along with the help of his notorius 5th Brigade? Has he forgotten them? I watched him in an interview in the late 90's probably, where he didn't deny what had been done to the Matables but basically said it was "war and foolish things were done" - well the "war" supposedly ended when Zimbabwe got their independence, but Mugabe even then, did not want to share power, (nothing has changed) especially not with the Matabeles. Oh, we know the Americans are not perfect, blah blah blah (anti west rhetoric) but does Mugabe think he is a shining example of bright leadership, when at least 3 million Zimbabweans have fled their home country, and at least a million of those believed to be in South Africa. Eish, but he believes the drought and the unjustified evil western sanctions drove them out, doesn't he? Or maybe it was the Zulus and Mzilikazi's fault for invading the Matabeleland region all those maaaanny moons ago, so they couldn't possibly share power with the Shona? Oh and let's not forget those dastardly colonialists. Everyone and everything else is to blame for the state of Zimbabwe, except angelic Mugabe and the saintly ZanuPF. Mugabe lost the right to criticize world policies and for people to take him seriously a long time ago. He should be herding his cows and goats in his old age.

  • joy.skene - 2012-09-27 11:44

    Pot calling the kettle black!

  • ppisciotta - 2012-09-27 13:33

    I agree. Death was too easy for Gaddafi. He should have been brought to public trial and executed in the city square. Same for Mugabe.

  • imbwa.nyoro1 - 2012-09-27 13:59

    all dictators ending by the same path as they slain pple, Mugabe fears 4 his future as his friends did. Idiot Mugabe is next

      waterloo.mathis - 2012-09-27 17:12

      Dictators should be killed by his own people because they know how is it like to live under him but not by strangers coming from nowhere and do not even know how is it like to live under him.... Think before you write

      UncleShep - 2012-09-28 10:03

      urimbwa nyoro chaiyo

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-09-27 14:47

    Kan nie wag vir die dag dat hy vrek nie!!

  • mcwonder.maxwell - 2012-09-27 15:47

    Yes Mugabe has his own flaws, not one many of them, BUT the west and it's white tendances is more cruel than Mugabe. They lied that the put targeted sanctions where as they actually put economic sanction on Zimbabwe. If you take a whole life insurance oversees as a Zimbabwean then you can agree with me on what I am saying. Whites will never love a black man unless they want something from him, however they are some who are very very good with a good heart. All the big donors do not just give money to the poor, there must be a reason for their generosity, Africa wake up there is nothing like free hand outs. No wonder why our local NGOs are creating situations to get donor funds, I suspect that the cholera outbreak in Zim was caused by the likes of UNICEF to get millions and pretend to be helping. Why couldn't they respond before many people lost their lives. Look at their passiveness on the recent Typhod outbreak. Mugabe sometime is right to pick out his KIND. Same same!

  • simon.m.mulaja - 2012-09-27 16:13

    We can all call Mugabe a dictator, yes but his speech is just true. Is africa really that useless we need the west to solve all our affairs? Leave africa to africans.

  • waterloo.mathis - 2012-09-27 17:05

    He is what Africa need! A fearless man. 50 more years on earth... We still need you!!!!

  • scholesss - 2012-09-27 18:13

    oh i see this afraid too gaddaffi truely get wat he are we know dictotars has got highly crimes of killings and corrupton...thus y they want to die on presidence seats....\r\n\r\nwest do their their best to maitain wide....if a country's government cant resolve a problem amangst its invites the west entervision...we cannot keep blaming west....if all governments were managed nicely...fairly...or peacefully of those west....we were no gonna see..west influience..

  • joseph.motloung.3 - 2012-09-27 18:23

    A true African leader and anti-imperialist. The USA condemned the killing of their diplomat in Libya but they had no word of condemnation when their Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists killed Col Gaddaffi and more than 30 000 Libyan citizens. Today in Libya the same gut-less terrorists who were aided in killing Col Gaddaffi are causing mayhem in Libya. The terrorist transitional national council can't maintain order in that country. Under Gaddaffi Libya had order and the highest human development index in the whole of Africa

  • bonetastic.comment - 2012-09-30 12:02

    Mugabe may be wrong with many things, but the at the end of the day the death of multitudes of Africans means nothing compared to the death of ONE American. America has done many evils, and portrayed it righteously. Black, white, brown, we must stand together as Africans. Divide and conquer is order of the day in Africa. Where are the native Americans?

  • xolani.khoza.144 - 2012-10-20 09:44

    Long live President Mugabe the only defender of AFRIKA from the scorn attact of colonialist . All this morons is to rape afrika , kill its leadership , spread lies about povetry they created . Its better to be called Black Hilter in own soveriegn country , than to be a salvage thief , vampire sucks black blood for over 450 years . No black man is guilty of holoucast , atrocities , stealing .

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