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Mugabe slams West at UN General Assembly

Amadi Ajamu | 10/10/2013, 3:38 p.m.
In the General Debate of the 68th General Assembly of the United Nations on Sept. 26, the recently re-elected Zimbabwean ...
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“Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans, so are its resources. Please remove your illegal and filthy sanctions from my peaceful country. If these sanctions were intended to effect regime change, well, the results of the recent national elections have clearly shown you what they can do,” said Mugabe.

Despite Western machinations, Mugabe won re-election by a landslide 61 percent to 33 percent of voters on July 31. He will serve another five-year term in office. Mugabe’s stark criticism unhinged the United States delegation so much that they all walked out in unison during his speech.

On Western democracy, Mugabe said, “We are preached to daily by the West on the virtues of democracy and freedom, which they do not totally espouse. Zimbabwe took up arms precisely to achieve our freedom and democracy. Yet we have been punished by the United States through the odious Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act enacted in 2001 to effect regime change in the country. Now, this malicious intent to continue the relentless persecution of our small, peaceful country has happened again through the USA’s rejection of the recent absolutely democratic and fair election results of our July 31 general elections, even as they were applauded by the African Union and all our regional organizations. It appears that when the USA and its allies speak of democracy and freedom, they are doing so only in relative terms.”

Mugabe continued, “Zimbabwe, however, refuses to accept that these Wwestern detractors have the right to define democracy and freedom for us. We paid the ultimate price for it, and we are determined never to relinquish our sovereignty and remain masters of our destiny. As we have repeatedly asserted, Zimbabwe will never be a colony again!”