via Keep your ‘dirty hands’ off Africa – Mugabe | News24 2014-02-03
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has launched a scathing attack on Europe for trying to keep its “dirty hands” on Africa.
The Herald quoted Mugabe as saying Africa should avoid entering “horse and rider” economic arrangements that only benefited other nations while “leaving the continent poorer”.
The veteran leader was speaking during an interview with journalists at the just ended Africa Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Mugabe who was appointed first deputy chair of the AU executive council criticised Europe for seeking to dictate to Africa what is should do, saying the Westerners should keep their “dirty hands” off the continent, said the report.
He said Europe and America would always regard Africa as “inferior” as they did not want to “recognise that we are a free people that can run our own affairs without them”.
Mugabe said Africa was a master of its own destiny and that the continent’s resources were not “resources for Europe anymore”. He added, “we’ve kicked you out of Africa. Take care of your own countries and leave us to take care of our Africa”.