Ignore Mugabe threats, West told

via Ignore Mugabe threats, West told 14/11/2013 NewZimbabwe

A CABINET minister insisted Thursday that Zimbabwe was open to investment from the West despite a threat by President Robert Mugabe to seize US and British companies over sanctions imposed against the country.

Fresh from securing a new five-year mandate to run the country but angered by the West’s refusal to accept his re-election and remove damaging economic sanctions, Mugabe threatened what he described as “tit-for-tat” measures in August.

“They should not continue to harass us, the British and Americans,” Mugabe raged as he buried air force chief retired Air Commodore Mike Karakadzai at the Heroes Acre outside Harare.

“We have not done anything to their companies here, the British have several companies in this country, and we have not imposed any controls, any sanctions against them, but time will come when we will say well, tit-for-tat, you hit me I hit you.”

But his new finance minister Patrick Chinamasa, faced with the tough task of righting an economy wrecked by a decade-long recession, sounded conciliatory as he addressed Western envoys in Harare on Thursday.

Chinamasa was briefing the ambassadors on the country’s new economic blueprint, ZimAsset.

“The blueprint takes into account the existence of overriding existing threats and sanctions as well as hostile measures from some countries,” he said.

“This Zim Asset document is saying not withstanding our political differences Zimbabwe stands ready to allow our economies to talk to each other, we hope that the lifting of sanctions will be sooner rather than later.

“Before the lifting of sanctions please let us start the groundwork for economies to talk to each other, business people to talk to each other, and economic relations be established.”

Mugabe had hoped the July 31 vote, endorsed by African observers would result in the European Union (EU) and the US lifting sanctions he blames for the country’s economic strife.

The sanctions were imposed more than a decade ago over allegations of vote fraud and human rights abuses although Mugabe believes the aim was to punish him for his land reforms.

The US and the EU have however refused to remove the sanctions, backing claims by opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai that the elections were fraudulent.


Britain said Mugabe’s re-election could not be deemed credible without an independent investigation into allegations of voting irregularities while U.S. officials said the vote was flawed adding Washington had no plans to loosen sanctions until there were signs of change in the country.

In contrast, observers from the regional 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union broadly endorsed the vote as free and peaceful, and called on all parties to accept the results.

Although reviled in Western capitals, Mugabe enjoys support in Africa for his uncompromising stance against Western imperialism.

the veteran leader, who turns 90 next February, dismisses Western critics as racist.

“They think, we the blacks are inferior, they are superior. But in Zimbabwe we will never accept that a white man, merely because he is white is superior, no. We will chase them away,” he told supports at the August funeral.



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    zimbo 9 years ago

    No sir,it is you who thinks blacks are inferior.Thats why you treat your fellow Zimbabweans with such contempt!

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      Boss MyAss 9 years ago

      Zimbabwe is guilty of perpetuating this dictatorship. The middle class, who join the Central Intelligence Organisation, for example, in droves to buttress the oppression of Zimbabweans, are guilty. The greedy businesspersons, small traders and economic chancers we hear about every day who continue to seek political favour to gain an unfair advantage are also guilty of perpetuating a system that oppresses them. We have also seen how those that are in opposition politics and claim to represent the interests of those who want an outside have become persuaded and are now complicit in strengthening this tyranny. Most of us have, therefore, played a decisive role and in part created the very conditions that we continue to complain against and blame. Can a dictatorship such as this be dislodged through free and fair elections? Can our society destroy this pervasive and evil foundation from within? No, unless the international community aggressively intervenes because change can only be fuelled from outside our society.
      In Zimbabwe, it has created a persuasive and repetitive myth that only one man can be President for life; that only Zanu PF members can have access to new opportunities and lead a better life than most; that only those who are politically connected through birth, association or sheer audacity must have an advantage and be entitled unbridled access to the wealth of Zimbabwe. That only our “freedom” fighters can be heroes.
      It will not be easy to change our circumstances or move our country into a modern democracy because we have been psychologically complicit in creating a social system that does not respect our own needs and aspirations. Our tyranny is manufactured by the people of Zimbabwe, for the people of Zimbabwe — that is the hardest fact to accept. You see, dictatorships can only arise and flourish where very specific conditions are met.

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    Sibangilizwe Lethube 9 years ago

    But why are you turning to the west instead of east and the SADC who endorsed you as winners of the elections. I warned you guys before kuti musafonorere museve. Look now you are kneeling in front of those whom you insulted during and after elections.

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    chilimanzi 9 years ago

    Take him serious because he says zimbabwe is his he means what he is saying chinamasa has got no decisions to make on zimbabwe as long mgabe is president.

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    adam jones 9 years ago

    The same Chinamasa that doesn’t know how many farms Mugabe owns? these thieves are pathetic. now they want the west to engage? to help prosper their stolen businesses? look east fellers.