Mugabe attacks South African whites

via Mugabe attacks South African whites – NewsDay Zimbabwe August 18, 2015

GABORONE — President Robert Mugabe yesterday used his farewell speech, as outgoing chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc), to remind his successor, Botswana’s President Ian Khama, that relations between their two countries — now rather strained — were once close.

He also used the podium at the opening of the annual Sadc summit in the Botswana capital yesterday to take another stab at South Africa’s white population.

Speaking at the International Convention Centre in Gaborone, Mugabe recalled how Botswana helped him travel to the founding summit of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union, in Ethiopia in 1963.

Mugabe, who was handing over the Sadc chairpersonship to Khama, even elicited a smile from his usually stern-looking successor, when he recalled the history of his father, Seretse Khama, the first President of Botswana.

Relations between Mugabe and Khama have been strained by the latter’s occasional criticism of developments in the neighbouring country.

He was the only Sadc leader to question the credibility of Zimbabwe’s 2013 elections which Mugabe and his Zanu PF won outright, ending the four-year dysfunctional unity government between Zanu PF and the two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) parties.

Mugabe said Seretse Khama, together with Tanzania’s Julius Nyerere, Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda and Mozambique’s Samora Machel were some of the founders of the “Frontline States”, the countries, now in Sadc, which led the fight against apartheid and colonialism in the 1970s and 1980s.

“Many founders are now dearly departed, but I am glad that Seretse Khama, the father, could see Zimbabwe become independent,” he said.

Mugabe recalled how Khama senior lost his chieftainship because “like all young men, he fell in love”.

His “sin”, however, was that it was with a white woman (Englishwoman Ruth Williams), which meant apartheid South Africa exerted pressure on Botswana.

Mugabe said things had changed for the better now, thanks to those who had fought for freedom.

“Look at us now. Look at South Africa. I think they were the most vehement, the whites there, against the marriage. But today, it is as if, oh oh, they always were non-racial,” he said in a mock English accent to laughter from the audience.

“Nonsense. Don’t accept that. You see their treacherous behaviour. But I don’t say revenge. No.

“We are a free people, a free people, a loving people, humanitarian. Full of joy, the Africans are laughing and dancing all the time. But let them not play the fool with us, then the devil in us will emerge.”

In his speech accepting the chairpersonship, Khama joked that over the last year when he was deputy Sadc chair, the people in Botswana referred to him as “Mugabe’s deputy”.

He thanked Mugabe for his tenure and praised him for seeing that the region’s industrialisation strategy was adopted under his tenure — at a Sadc summit in Harare in April.

The industrialisation strategy is expected to dominate talks at the summit about development in Sadc, which reportedly has to find $500 million over the next five years to implement it. Sadc’s annual budget is about $80 million.

Meanwhile, human rights groups yesterday urged Khama to help find missing Zimbabwean journalist-cum-human rights activist Itai Dzamara.

Dzamara mysteriously disappeared earlier this year in March following a campaign that called for change in Zimbabwe.

“He is a known critic of President Robert Mugabe. His whereabouts remain unknown after he disappeared on 9 March 2015. Khama should encourage them [Sadc leaders] to show respect for human rights within their borders and appeal to other leaders to ensure that member states that fail to respect human rights are fully held to account,” Amensty International director for Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena, said.

He said leaders of Sadc should reinstate the suspended Sadc tribunal, which provided individuals and legal representatives of victims of human rights violations access to seek remedies and justice.

He said the Sadc Heads of State suspended the tribunal in August 2014 “without any consultation or justification”. — online


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    Doris 7 years ago

    Good grief….will someone put him down……please!,!

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    Jono Austin 7 years ago

    …is Robert a humanitarian? Robert got degrees in Rhodesian detention. How many Chikurubi prisoners have received degrees while in prison? How many prisoners have died under Robert’s humanitarian watch. I agree Doris, this fool needs to be put down like the rabid dog he is. Also, Gukurahundi anyone. That was a most humanitarian gesture…what, what! (proper english accent-unlike Robert’s)

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    ntaba 7 years ago

    We are well aware about “the devil in you will emerge,” Mr. Mugabe. Why? Because after the many thousands of civilian atrocities you have committed – murdering 20 000 Matabeles – you are indeed The Devil Incarnate. The world knows and your day of reckoning is coming closer.

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    Chidumbu 7 years ago

    Hey Mugarbage although you hate whites so much they are all around you, take a look at everything you have in the room you are in and see if you can count on one hand the things your brother have contributed to this planet, No, well the light you use, the suit you wear, the pen you write with, you are just a racist idiot and you will die soon and the mudzimu’s of all the people you have murdered are waiting for you

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      Jesus 7 years ago

      Mugabe is a hero,the whites are satanists imposing dirty sanctions on us,god must turn them into goats so that we can have more meat.

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    Iwezimb 7 years ago

    ” Full of joy, the Africans are laughing and dancing all the time “, is this man delusional??? Has be walked the streets of Harare. Maybe dancing around the gold taps of his Borrowdale mansion, or when he and Grace look at their mulita-million dollar bank statements, but the people of Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda, DRC, etc are not laughing & dancing all the time …….

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    Murimi Wanhasi 7 years ago

    Please give Bob a break.

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    Murimi Wanhasi 7 years ago

    Please give Bob a break.
    He cant even have a lighter moment without him being attacked.
    Thanx for the chairmainship

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    harper 7 years ago

    The “Frontline States” or SADCC was a KGB initiative. Eventually the KGB abandoned it in disgust when they found that every member state had secret deals on the go with the Racist Republic of South Africa. One example – Banda’s Palace.

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    You have to understand that the reason Mugabe hates all “whites” is because he feels deeply inadequate. He looks around at his selected henchmen and sees staggering stupidity. He does not believe black people are capable of anything at all, note how whenever a black person does or says anything intelligent he thinks “the dreaded whites” are behind it.

    He is in awe of “whites” and so hates them, and despises all “blacks” What a total failure of a person!

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    chimusoro 7 years ago

    He liberated us!

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    Zvakwana 7 years ago

    Hey Chimsusoro he liberated you into something worse than what you had.

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    exZimbo 7 years ago

    The reason why this madman cannot step down is because he will be incarcerated and off to The Hague chop-chop ! The silly old murdering fool has no further options than to die in disgrace under the safety of his thugs who despise him already. Not only are the Matabele Mudzimu’s waiting for him, so are the Shona and European Midzumu’s who will curse him and all connected to him forever.

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    pasara 7 years ago

    This man is an idiot- he is just a coward who hides behind his remarks but can’t face those he is hurting. mugabarge you have caused misery to innocent people please just go to your Takuma whatever you call your home village and reflect on what havoc you have caused to innocent people- you are not human.