Africa needs another revolution: President

via Africa needs another revolution: President | The Herald November 17, 2015

President Mugabe has said Africa needs another revolution as it lacks complete independence due to the continued exploitation of it’s natural resources by the erstwhile masters.

The President, who was invited to the G20 summit in his capacity as the AU chair, told world leaders attending the meeting on Sunday that the continent remained at the level of subsistence, but with support, could register growth and development.

“We don’t control our economy. Our natural resources are exploited by our erstwhile masters. It is that area which we must address with you. That requires another revolution.

“Even in politics we have others who want to overlook us. We need technology, funding, loans, not just grants to get us to move beyond primary to secondary levels. Adding value to our resource. That will give us greater capacity. Greater value,” said the President.

President Mugabe said he was glad that countries like China, India, Japan and Turkey have invested in “those areas of our infrastructure and have helped us build institutions for skills upgrading.”

President Mugabe added: “The educational levels of our people must be raised so they are able to match those of the advanced industries.”

He said the AU had adopted sustainable development goals leading to 2063 that would see the continent’s economies moving from primary to secondary production.

“You look at us as a lower class now because we don’t qualify to be in your G-20 for now. But with support we should achieve inclusive growth and development. Our people have natural resources. But we want them to enjoy natural resources that are in their hands, that are in their hands. We want them in their hands,” said President Mugabe.

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping, along with many other leaders around the world listened attentively as President Mugabe spoke.

The summit, which was held at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort and Convention Centre, was supposed to focus on migration and climate change, but this has changed following the deadly attacks in Paris, France which left more than 130 people dead.

Talks on ISIS have now taken centre stage with Turkish President Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart Mr Obama, holding a press conference to denounce the attacks in Paris.

After the press conference, the summit started with the leaders from the various nations walking into the summit venue after posing for handshakes with Mr Erdogan.

President Mugabe chatted briefly with Mr Erdogan before walking into the venue of the summit. Soon after walking into the venue, the leaders posed for a group photo.

Mr Erdogan then called for a minute of silence in remembrance of the victims of the Paris attacks and thereafter presented his speech. The leaders then went into a closed session.

The G20 comprises 19 individual countries — Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States along with the European Union. The EU is represented by the European Commission and by the European Central Bank.

Estimates show that the G20 countries account for 85 percent of the world economy, 75 percent of world trade and two-thirds of the world’s population.

Turkey officially took over the presidency of the G20 from Australia on December 1, 2014. China will preside over the organisation in 2016. Other non-G20 countries that attended the summit include Spain, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Singapore and Senegal.

Meanwhile, President Mugabe and First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe, returned home last night.

He was received by his two Vice Presidents Emerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, service chiefs and senior Government officials.


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    are you sure that it doesn’t need another revolution to get rid of greedy cling-on-for-life liberation struggle icons who have milked their nations dry whilst building themselves fabulous lifestyles with young wives and huge mansions, endless travel and massive bank balances in foreign countries?

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    R Judd 7 years ago

    Uncle Robert now makes a mockery of himself at every appearance. Aluta Continua!

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    Dear Mr. President ,fire the man who wrote that speech for you.He made you look like a man sitting in a house of glass and throwing stones. But great Zimbabwe is sound and solid and was built with granite, well a least in those days I believe.

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    Mugarbage 7 years ago

    Africa doesn’t need a second revolution, it still waits for evolution.

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    Ah well, I guess this proves that members of the species zinjanthropus are still alive and living in Zimbabwe?

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    Yayano 7 years ago

    What a hypocritical talk! Lets talk about Marange resources Mugabe.
    Diamonds were discovered in this area and what happened to them?
    Who are the masters who came and took everything leaving Marange with nothing?
    Its you Mugabe and your inner circle who plundered this resource and left the country with nothing to show for it even a blair toilet.
    And now you talk about a revolution when you know deep down that you yourself have plundered the resources big time in a very short space of time to line up your pickets and now you are the new masters because you use that money to suppress us.

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    Tinomunamataishe 7 years ago

    The only revolution required is one to get rid of corruption which the likes of Mugabe have made official currency and the corrupt leaders.

    As long as corruption continues to flourish and blessed by the leadership nothing is going to change. The buck stops with the corrupt leaders like Mugabe who have nurtured corruption, lawlessness, brutality and abuse of state resources which they take as personal property.

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    Kabunga 7 years ago

    Had Mugabe made good with the country he inherited instead of raping and pillaging it we would be a significant member of the G20 and wouldn’t need the investment he so desperately seeks from the rest of the world.

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    Rockstone 7 years ago

    Ohhh , that’s surprising , did the westerns took part , in willogate scandal ,?, did the westerns took party in destroying our once prosperous GMB coffers , did the westerns contributed in any lose of life in Gukurahundi?, did westerns mutilated and murder Zimbabwean political activists ,is it the westerns who plunders diamonds in DRC after spending country ‘s finance , is it the westerns who plunders Marange diamond, ?!is it the westerns who prompted Zimbabwe not to have change of leadership is it the westerns who are causing the in fights & squabbles in the pseudo ruling party , if it is them ,how many western leaders spent a stumbling 35 years in power ?,kkkkkkkkk

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    Chanisa 7 years ago

    Oh boy oh boy! His first revolution failed, evidently, and he hopes for another lease of the mayhem life that he is so comfortable with.