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Reduce dependence on aid - Mugabe

2014-08-17 17:59

Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Sunday urged southern Africa to reduce its dependence on foreign aid and to make better use of its natural resources such as minerals and land.

Mugabe, Africa's oldest leader and one of its longest-serving, was speaking at the opening of a two-day summit of the 15-member Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls tourist resort.

"Our continued over-reliance on the goodwill of our co-operation partners compromises our ownership of SADC," he told the meeting.

"Our region has abundant resources which instead of being sold in raw form at very low prices must be exploited ... to add value to the products which we export," he said.

Mugabe, 90, was most recently re-elected over a year ago. He has consistently denied charges by the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) that his Zanu-PF party has used violence and vote-rigging to stay in power since 2000.

SADC has been bogged down in mediating these electoral disputes in Zimbabwe for the last decade.

Days before the summit, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human rights said SADC's credibility was at stake if the bloc did not address human rights violations among its members, including arrests of political activists and journalists.

The groups cited Angola, Malawi, Swaziland and Zambia as having committed human rights violations. Mugabe did not address the allegations in his speech.

Critics say Mugabe's regional standing has been undermined by a long-running economic crisis in Zimbabwe, which they partly blame on his seizures and redistribution of white-owned commercial farms to landless people among the black population.

Comments
  • mwicraig - 2014-08-17 18:08

    This lunatic is demented...with tears in my eyes - get real moron!!

      Jacob Zumaasak - 2014-08-17 19:22

      We have millions of these demented lunatics in sa, lapels and friends , Mugabe is just one of them

      Derek Bredenkamp - 2014-08-17 20:31

      Strange how a demented man has such wise words??

      Neville Graham - 2014-08-18 04:00

      ''SADC has been bogged down in mediating these electoral disputes in Zimbabwe for the last decade''...simply because they're all mugabe butt kisses

      Beicime Olfsun - 2014-08-18 10:06

      An advice that he does not know how to do it himself.

  • piet.vanzyl - 2014-08-17 18:10

    If people like you, Zuma and some others steal less from your people you will be less dependent on handouts from other countries. Get that??

  • Renegade - 2014-08-17 18:11

    Ding bat shut up

  • Eddie Murray - 2014-08-17 18:17

    Look in them eyes , see the madness lurking there. Gonorrhea will do that to you .

      Raymond Van Den Brink - 2014-08-18 05:28

      It got to Hitler as well

  • Renegade - 2014-08-17 18:37

    Murderer

  • Justice Mogajane - 2014-08-17 18:40

    Look who's talking .

  • Mafira Kureva - 2014-08-17 18:48

    The oldman is right,if only the diamonds in Zim could be sold with transparency to benefit the ailing economy.without the politically connected & ZANU(pf) fatcats filling their pockets with money from minerals in the name blackempowerment!...shame SADC

  • Mafira Kureva - 2014-08-17 18:48

    The oldman is right,if only the diamonds in Zim could be sold with transparency to benefit the ailing economy.without the politically connected & ZANU(pf) fatcats filling their pockets with money from minerals in the name blackempowerment!...shame SADC

  • Kulu Zulu - 2014-08-17 18:50

    Says he as ZooMah and the begging bowls clowns get back from USA and OhBummer. Bob Garbage once said "even if we have to eat nyama without sadza we will do it". Now he eats caviar while the people eat what?

  • Zulu Jstathought - 2014-08-17 18:51

    For once this man has made sense, yes we should not rely on aid let's get our house in order. zanu and anc are corrupt organisations led by corrupt leaders but maybe one day those organisations will get rid of the corrupt leaders and will see the honest light and get our African house in order.

      Realizing SA - 2014-08-18 16:15

      Zulu, I'm with you brother..................but then I woke up and like a hammer it hit me in the face - we live in Africa! Where in the world did a corrupt and scandalous ruling party ever investigate itself then sort itself out from the roots by ridding it of all corrupt members then suddenly elect a honourable leader with ethics?

  • Eddie Murray - 2014-08-17 18:52

    And the sheep kep bleating , all the way to the abbatoir lol

  • Eddie Murray - 2014-08-17 18:53

    Africans deserve the leaders they have. Pity .

      Simphiwe Charlie - 2014-08-17 21:03

      Bush, Blair, Brown, 'Bama, pity you for yours!

      Realizing SA - 2014-08-18 16:31

      @Simphiwe - Oooohehehe, why would you say that??? Anyone you named, even Bush at his worst is a 1000 time better than Zuma, Mugabs or Malema. For starters these guys have educations, their counties are world leaders, their worklessness and crime rates are low (in comparison to here), their livelihood are high, etc, etc There is not a single african country leader you can even remotely compare to the leaders you mentioned. The logic is simple you vote for rubbish you get rubbish, don't blame us for your shortcomings, you vote for these morons! Pity you make such silly little comments....go read a book or something.

  • Andrew MacDonald - 2014-08-17 18:54

    This oke and his cronies were begging for aid to pay teachers and feed "da masses" just the other day? Plus he has invited the chinese in to rip the natural resources from zim with little to no local manufacturing infrastructure being built (palaces and stadiums and roads to transport it to where it is shipped out do not count). A wasteland country with hateful zombies is what he has engineered. Good job bob!

  • Andrew MacDonald - 2014-08-17 18:54

    This oke and his cronies were begging for aid to pay teachers and feed "da masses" just the other day? Plus he has invited the chinese in to rip the natural resources from zim with little to no local manufacturing infrastructure being built (palaces and stadiums and roads to transport it to where it is shipped out do not count). A wasteland country with hateful zombies is what he has engineered. Good job bob!

  • Ribaita Isoge - 2014-08-17 19:25

    I agree with you....I agree with him on this too

  • Justice Nyathi - 2014-08-17 19:29

    My president, true african leader, hated by selfish capitalist

      Kulu Zulu - 2014-08-17 19:41

      ... and loved by commie stooges who get poorer each year. Don't blame sanctions and whites - if Bob Garbage was so great he would have grown Zimbo not destroyed it. Face it - he is a lying dithering dinosaur.

      apollo.rockefeller - 2014-08-17 22:19

      Justice is like "this is my president"'but wouldn't move to Zim to be closer to his president.

      Michael Kleber - 2014-08-18 11:28

      he is a capitalist at the expense of all zimbobweans , the only reason u support him is because of his skin colour and how he has punished white people , you have gained nothing from this .

  • David Luis - 2014-08-17 19:29

    To the author, please note (and maybe correct) your error; Mad Bob is not a "long serving leader" he is a LONG SELF-SERVING DICTATOR!

  • Michael Kelynack - 2014-08-17 19:37

    I actually agree with this but, we cant take farms away from farmers. Cant narionalise mines, etc etc. Or else we will end up like zimbabwe. A land of nothing.

  • Michael Kelynack - 2014-08-17 19:37

    On second thought....no

  • Gerhard Snyders - 2014-08-17 19:40

    Ha ha

  • Archie Dempster - 2014-08-17 19:41

    You can't reduce dependence on aid as there is also no work there and no chance of on bettering the position

  • mmmmTim - 2014-08-17 19:44

    Did he not ask the west for donations about three months ago?? He runs so hot and cold no-one knows where they stand

  • Motho Fela - 2014-08-17 19:49

    Who is He in South Africa??? Now if Zimbabwe is doing well with its policies why SA Home Affairs had to extend those visas for Zimbabweans to continue living in South Africa??? None of them wants to return to land He(Mugabe) orderd to be grabbed. South Africa will never follow Zimbabwe, ANC is not Stupid. Mugabe dont talk about Nageria, Gana, Namibia etc, but talk about South Africa always, l wonder why???

  • Monica Kieck - 2014-08-17 19:50

    Maybe you suffer from memory lost Mr. Mugabe; your coffers are full of hand-outs; you should retire in an old age home somewhere far away from Africa. Start feeding your people in your country with your wealth; maybe one shopping spree to Paris by your wife can feed people for a year in your country; yet they are running to South Africa where they are not living an easy life either. There are good people in Zimbabwe and the country will take years to grow back to where it was many years ago; but you need to step away from any country in Africa so that Zimbabwe can pick itself up and not live from hand-outs!

  • Mthokozisi Sihiya - 2014-08-17 20:07

    I do agree with Robert Mugabe why we beg whilst we go our own natural resources.

  • Jaco Grobler - 2014-08-17 20:30

    There is hope yet, its taken 90 years, but finally the lights have come on. Africa has so much to offer, we must realize it is time to cherish our resources and realize its potential.

  • Kulu Zulu - 2014-08-17 20:35

    Anyone notice how the downvotes radically changed? Another N24 insider bee ahole got click happy.

  • Gagu Matsebula - 2014-08-17 20:42

    Dear Mr. Mugabe, You're quite right. Africa needs to reduce it's dependence on aid. First step to this noble goal - proactive, innovative, visionary leadership. You, unfortunately, are not part of the abovementioned class. Vacate the Presidential Office for starters. I think you've done quite enough. Seriously. It's time to ride off into the sunset. 90?! Regardless of what may be said: Zimbabwe has shockingly become a basket case. The innumerable citizens of your country who've skipped the borders are testament to this fact. Leave Robert! Regards, Me.

  • Douglas Ross - 2014-08-17 20:56

    South Africa used to be very independent, exporting more than importing. And then the ANC took over

  • Jason Strauss - 2014-08-17 21:08

    That one is the last to speak about aid. We all know he asks for and gets it from white people that he hates. I say confused.

  • Steph Takadi - 2014-08-17 21:49

    All the African countries should really take tips from Nigeria. It has the largest economy in Africa now and the fastest growing as well.

      Jacques Otto - 2014-08-17 22:13

      How much aid had Rsa alone given Zimbabwe. Apart from food we also opened our borders to help the failing state.Mugabe your comment is equivalent to Hitler stating we should find should love rather than fight. Hypocrite!!!!

  • jungleboy - 2014-08-17 22:54

    What a fool.... all talk and no delivery. Useless

  • jungleboy - 2014-08-17 22:55

    Ever noticed how African leaders are always talking about what should be done but never actually delivering?

  • selbysello.rasoesoe - 2014-08-17 23:39

    So very correct.

  • Gwenhure Makwarimba - 2014-08-17 23:55

    I wanted to say you will hate him untill you love Him like women

  • Robert Magaya Cele - 2014-08-18 00:05

    The son of Africa; baba Mugabe. Thanks. May Heavenly FATHER bless you.

      ray.ducray - 2014-08-18 05:56

      Blessed with Chinese natural resource burglars !

  • SimonC1969 - 2014-08-18 04:37

    "...to make better use of its natural resources such as minerals and land." You mean like previously before you stole the land from the highly productive whites?

  • Alton Small - 2014-08-18 04:57

    He can start with the dollar by reducing its value dependency on Zimbabwe, then the whole country will starve

  • Alton Small - 2014-08-18 04:58

    Not like they aren't already

  • Michael Kleber - 2014-08-18 11:24

    Its bobby's ZANUPF policies that have forced zimbobwe to be reliant on foreign aid , strange how outspoken our leaders are about Palestine yet openly support bob

  • hugh.andrews.127 - 2014-08-18 11:40

    How long has it taken Mugabe to realise that depending on aid is detrimental.

  • Robert Sheasby - 2014-08-18 11:52

    Thats the most sense Ive ever heard him say

      Herman Booysen - 2014-08-18 13:03

      Ironically !

  • Ray Karichi - 2014-08-18 12:34

    Hw many yearz Zimbabweans 2 suffer 4 hungry bt we'r survived

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