Nujoma takes a swipe at UK over 'Zim invasion plot'

2013-12-04 12:52
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (File, AFP)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (File, AFP)

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Cape Town – Former Namibian president Sam Nujoma has said that Africa must be prepared to defend the African continent from Western “imperialists”, a report said on Wednesday.

Nujoma’s remarks come after former South African president Thabo Mbeki made startling revelations during a recent interview with Al-Jazeera that Britain under Tony Blair’s leadership wanted to depose Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe using military force.

Mbeki said South Africa was under pressure from the UK to participate in a regime change scheme to overthrow Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party, a move which Pretoria refuted.

According to a Herald report, Nujoma said any attack on Zimbabwe would have resulted in a military response from the entire Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Nujoma said “imperialists understand nothing, but the language of force”, adding that Africa was "ready for them".

Land reform programme

Sources said apart from pressuring SA into its plan, Britain had also approached two other African countries (not named) to provide land and airspace for a possible invasion of Zimbabwe at the turn of the millennium.

This was when Zimbabwe had embarked on its controversial land reform programme, which saw more than 4 000 commercial white farmers losing their land.

One of the countries reportedly agreed to the plan but backtracked after Zimbabwe made it clear it was aware of the plot, said the report.

Although Namibia was not approached by the UK, Nujoma said his country would never betray an African country.

Blair has denied pressuring SA over Mugabe.

“Tony Blair has long believed that Zimbabwe would be much better off without Robert Mugabe and always argued for a tougher stance against him, but he never asked anyone to plan or take part in any such military intervention," Blair’s spokesperson told AFP in London.

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