Mugabe hails regional support
By Lovemore Ranga Mataire
President Mugabe recently hailed regional countries’ support in resisting Western pressure, particularly from Britain which once contemplated a military invasion of Zimbabwe.
President Mugabe said this last Saturday while addressing party youths in Gwanda, Matabeleland South province.
“The West was not pleased with us being able to forge ahead in the face of sanctions. I wondered why Tony Blair (former British Prime Minister) thought he is entitled to our country as if God gave him some dominion over Zimbabwe. He gave himself supervisory role over us. Aaah who is he?,” said Mugabe.
He said he was indebted to regional support for its steadfast defence of Zimbabwe’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
President Mugabe said while some critics would want to portray US President Donald Trump as “insane”, he thinks otherwise, especially given the fact that he managed to defeat his rival Hillary Clinton whose hatred of Zimbabwe is legendary. Clinton was among a group of US senators that were instrumental in the consummation of the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (ZIDERA), which paved the way for economic sanctions by the North American country.
President Mugabe spoke glowingly of relations between Harare and Pretoria saying he relates well with his South African counterpart President Jacob Zuma
Mugabe also thanked Zimbabweans for remaining united against Western machinations which had hoped that the sanctions would make the economy “scream” and create groundswell for a popular uprising that would remove the government from power. The economic sanctions came on the back of land occupations by impatient villagers who felt that the willing-buyer willing-seller policy was not yielding much progress. Britain then successfully lobbied the European Union and the US to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe in support of their kith and kin who resisted government’s overtures to relinquish some of their farms.
Despite an orchestrated onslaught by the West, southern African countries threw their support behind President Mugabe and condemned the illegal imposition of sanctions. Former South African President Thabo Mbeki once said Britain under Blair once contemplated a military invasion of Zimbabwe at the height of the fast-track land reform programme in early 2000s. Mbeki said his country was asked by the UK for help with a military plan to remove Mugabe. The former SA president said Blair had pressured him to join a “regime change scheme” in early 2000.
“The problem was we were speaking from different positions. There were other people saying, ‘yes indeed there are political problems, economic problems, the best way to solve them is regime change. So Mugabe must go’. We said ‘but Mugabe is part of the solution to this problem’,” Mbeki told the UK’s The Guardian newspaper.
Mbeki was the mediator to a power sharing agreement between Zanu-PF and the opposition MDC-T after the disputed 2008 election outcome.