Mnangagwa blames West for climate change

via Mnangagwa blames West for climate change – DailyNews Live 20 November 2015

HARARE – Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said the West is to blame for the climate change that is going to see countries like Zimbabwe receiving low rainfalls this season.

Speaking at the launch of the national climate change response strategy, Mnangagwa said the bulk of climate change issues emanated from Europe and America.

“Mwari akasika nyika ndokutipa nzizi, shiri, makomo nemiti zvose zvakanaka. Isu nokuda kunakigwa ndokutanga kugadzira zvunhu. Dzimotikari mafekitari kuita kuti hupenyu hwedu huite nani. Asi hatisisu takatanga. Zvakatanga kumhiri, vakatanga neindustrialisation. (God created the world the way he intended it to be but because man wanted a different life we started polluting the environment through making vehicles and constructing factories. But we did not start with is, it started in Europe through industrialisation).

“Asi vaingoburitsa utsi huchienda mudenga dzamara paita gumbeze reutsi zvinoita kuti kana zuva rabuda, harichasviki pasi pano patiri. Zvino ndozvokanganisa hurongwa hwaMwari nokuda kunakigwa kwedu.( Smoke was constantly being emitted into the atmosphere, creating a blanket of pollution which hinders the sun from shining on us. This is what ruined God’s creation – our desire to enjoy the good life).

Mnangagwa said the western world should fund development programmes across the globe since they are to blame for climate change and its resultant effects.

“Saka tichitaura the developed countries ndovakatanga nazvo ndovakakanganisa zvinhu zvaMwari. Ngavatipe mari yekuti tigadzirise zvibudirire. (So when we speak of the developed world, we say they ruined the world, therefore they should give us the money to redress what they damaged.)

Mnangagwa went on to plead with the developed world to assist developing countries to fight the effects of climate change, saying “this is a legitimate request even God will support our request”.

The vice president said the effects of climate change pose risks to the current strategies of tackling multi-sectoral challenges.

The world is currently experiencing recurrent droughts, floods and extreme temperatures.

“To this end, the impact of climate change is projected to impede economic growth, as it affects climate sensitive sectors such as water, agriculture, livestock, energy, health and environment as well as manufacturing, mining and transport sectors which are all critical,” he said.

Mnangagwa said because of the poor yields likely to be expected in the rural areas, government was in the process of distributing maize seed and fertiliser to over 300 000 vulnerable households.

He said as part of the medium to long-term strategies to stem the trend of reduced water availability caused by climate change, government was acquiring dam construction equipment from Egypt, China, Brazil and Belarus.

French Ambassador to Zimbabwe Laurent De Lahouse said the country’s carbon emissions only contribute 0,045 percent of the global emission.

“Zimbabwe suffers severely from the consequences of climate change – the change is wind patterns and the drought in Southern Africa has direct impact on the agricultural production in Zimbabwe,” he said.


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    R Judd 7 years ago

    Naturally all the locals who burn the bush every year, chop down all the trees, graze the earth bare with their wretched goats, till the soil without contour ridges and never service their vehicles have nothing to do with our environmental problems. This in not to speak of untreated sewage flowing into our rivers and dams from our ZANU dominated water authorities.

    It is a sad turn that this pathetic excuse (Mnangagwa) for a human being is likely be our next president

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    spiralx 7 years ago

    …he said, while wearing his Western suit, made by Western style industrial processes, using materials imported using Western style industrial modes of transport – into his electronic microphone (yes, also the West’s fault) – he’s entirely a product of Western industrialisation. Even his terrorist training and thinking are based on Karl Marx – a Western writer.

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    ZANU bashing is an easy game as these characters have left themselves open to all manner of criticism with their downright inept management of everything, in our Zim.

    Attacking the locals with their goats, etc , has to be shabby at the least.
    The locals in Europe cut, burnt and pillaged at will for centuries, so much so that there is very little natural vegetation left, except for man-made plantations.

    As for “Western” made everything, the raw materials come from the Third world and most of the factories are in the those regions.
    Any moron knows that.

    And, as for K Marx’s writings. Nothing at all Western in their orientation nor adoption.
    Every Capitalist knows that.

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      R Judd 7 years ago

      True, Westerners have their own sins to answer for, environmental issues not being the least of them. Still, two wrongs don’t make a right.

      Wherever goats proliferate they are a disaster. They survive where cattle cannot because they will eat everything down to the last root.

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    Diaspora 7 years ago

    It’s quite a problem that there are these ZANU PF idiots in influencial positions that constantly denounce whites and all things ‘western’, ‘forgetting’ that the Chinese are no saints and never ever acknowledging their own persistent failures and criminal accomplishments.

    But the real problem, is that there is a sustainable number of Zimbabweans out there, that don’t just buy and believe this drivel, they actually swallow it hook, line and sinker.

    No matter how optimistic one can try to be, the reality is that the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ with regard to Zimbabwe’s future, gets dimmer by the day. An ever evolving tragedy. How shameful!!

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    ….”No matter how optimistic one can try to be, the reality is that the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ with regard to Zimbabwe’s future, gets dimmer by the day. An ever evolving tragedy. How shameful!!”

    No truer statement.

    Where ZANU and the WHITES are the same is in their congruent disdain for the ordinary Zimbo.

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      tonyme 7 years ago

      Mr Vice, there is more smog and pollution out of China. What is China doing to stop polllution?. They are not helping to stabilize or reduce smoke release. Let’s be realistic for a Chang.

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      Incorrect. The whites are ordinary zimbo’s, in fact lower due to racist laws, and all zimbo’s have a common disdain for the murderers, rapists and looters of Zimbabwe.

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    Mpisi 7 years ago

    Climate change has always been a part of world’s geological history. We inflate our self-importance by thinking we affect nature. One volcano one hurricane and poof! Not to say we should not take care of and respect our earth. I hope the VP fixes up the cycle tracks abandons his cavalcade and bikes to work. We would all be a lot healthier!

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    God this God that, he should quit and give his preaches in the nearest local church.

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    Grabmore 7 years ago

    Why not just ask the diesel producing witch doctor in Chinoyi to reverse climate change?

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    Pfeka ka nhembe!

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    Johann 7 years ago

    Anyone who has read one of the latest National Geographic magazine will know that Zimbabwe has not even signed up to any environmental protection treaty. The Z President spends almost every day of his life in and aircraft, has a motorcade a mile long. It’s always been a Zanu strategy to blame everything on everyone else. They lead from the back and are great hypocrites.

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    ZANU is an unmitigated disaster to have been visited on
    our country, aside of Ian Smith and his brigade, of course.

    Those in Mugabe’s camp, enjoy unlimited luxuries, just like the whites did in the Rhodesian days.

    Anyone rejoicing in the calamitous state Zim finds itself in today, reveals themselves for the hypocrite they are.

    Zimbos have never been free.
    Not under Mugabe and certainly not under I Smith.

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    Mugarbage 7 years ago

    It is difficult to distinguish between natural disaster and ZANU management in Zimbabwe.
    Wild accusations prior to presenting the begging bowl never work.
    Let them use their Swiss and Singapore accounts to finance import of maize from Zambia and Namibia, where the climate seems to be less affected by Western industry.

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    Adino 7 years ago

    Hate we may, the mismanagement of the economy, socialist policies adopted after independence . Communist dabbling. The Veep speech was spot on. Global warming is a major menace in industrialised countries. Germany will soon do away with nuclear reactors for generating electricity before 2030, They are emphasising on solar and wind farms. Russia had Chenorbyl disaster in 1986, Japan had Fukushima disaster in 2011. Imagine a city like New York, with a population of over 20 million, spewing carbon monoxide daily, how about, Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Shanghai or Beijing. Millions of cars, industries. We are going the same way. We are also industrialising. Acid rain, global warning, greenhouse effect. The world is being disturbed.