Western countries to blame for Zimbabwe’s woes: Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe has told the United Nations General Assembly that the biggest impediment to his country achieving the Post-2015 Development Agenda was “punitive and heinous sanctions” imposed by hegemonic and neo-imperialist countries.

Making his 24th appearance at the General Debate since assuming power in Zimbabwe 36 years ago, he also raised the issue of Palestinian and Western Sahara’s independence.

At 92, President Mugabe is the oldest head of state currently in office.

In a message he has delivered at the General Debate before, Mugabe says western countries are to blame for Zimbabwe’s woes – a country he believes is being punished for exercising control over its natural resources.

“My country Zimbabwe is the innocent victim of their spiteful sanctions, imposed by United States and other western powers. And these countries, for 16 years now, have maintained the sanctions on us. As a country, we are being collectively punished for exercising the one primordial principle enshrined in the UN Charter, that of sovereign independence.”

President Mugabe also called on countries to be bound by commitments made in adopting the 2030 agenda to favour dialogue over punitive actions.

“Those who impose these sanctions would rather us pander to their interests rather than the needs of the majority of our people. As long as these economic and financial sanctions remain in place, Zimbabwe’s capacity to fully and effectively implement agenda 2030 will be deeply curtailed. I repeat my call to Britain, Europe and the United States and their allies to remove the illegal and unjustified sanctions against my country and its people.”

He urged the UN-mandated referendum on Western Sahara’s Independence to go ahead and for timelines to be set by the Security Council in achieving the two state solution between Palestine and Israel.

He also heaped praise on praise on the outgoing UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon.

We’ll miss him, especially we of Africa…

“We’ve appreciated his presence at the AU summits and his visits to Africa as clear testimony of his commitment to and his partnership with Africa in advancing the cause of freedom, development, peace and security – of us, we’ll miss him, especially we of Africa.”

Protestors gathered near the UN all week to object to President Mugabe’s presence in New York and to urge him to step down after over three decades at the helm of Zimbabwe’s government.

Related Posts
Zimbabwe cash crisis could accelerate succession says US intelligence company
WASHINGTON - Zimbabwe’s financial troubles, which have seen the country fail to pay its arrears to the international financial institutions to get a new bailout and delays in paying civil ...
READ MORE
Pile pressure on Robert Mugabe: Tsvangirai
HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has called on Zimbabweans to escalate protests against President Robert Mugabe’s government, saying “the struggle for change is approaching its end”. Addressing victims of police ...
READ MORE
Christopher Mushowe secrets outed
Christopher Chindeti Mushohwe is a cabinet minister who leads the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services. He was previously the Minister of Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment before being reassigned ...
READ MORE
I am ready for jail: Mutasa
FORMER Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa has vowed he was ready to go to jail for spilling Zanu PF secrets after his ouster in December last year. BY RICHARD CHIDZA Mutasa has ...
READ MORE
‘Repent for the Kingdom of God is nigh’
MASVINGO - ZION Christian Church (ZCC) leader, Dr Bishop Nehemiah Mutendi has implored sinners to turn to the Lord nomatter how many times they have transgressed. Dr Bishop Mutendi said this ...
READ MORE
Mutsvangwa faces expulsion from ZANU PF – report
THE Minister for War Veterans and War Collaborators Welfare, Christopher Mutsvangwa, faces ouster from the Zanu-PF Mashonaland West province amid moves to recommend his expulsion for allegedly undermining President Robert ...
READ MORE
Mavhaire mocks Robert Mugabe
HARARE - Former Zanu PF politburo member and ex-Energy minister, Dzikamai Mavhaire, savagely tore into President Robert Mugabe on Saturday, referring to the increasingly frail nonagenarian as a “spirit”. Addressing thousands ...
READ MORE
President Mugabe’s clan at war over Telecel
HARARE businessman Phillip Chiyangwa has hit out at Leo Mugabe, telling the President’s nephew he was a dying horse and should rest in peace as the row over Telecel Zimbabwe ...
READ MORE
Thousands of rowdy ZANU PF thugs Storm Mujuru’s Harare home
HARARE - Hordes of rowdy Zanu PF supporters stormed the Highlands, Harare home of former vice president and Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) leader, Joice Mujuru, on Friday night — only ...
READ MORE
Zanu PF infighting: Tables Turn Against Kasukuwere
IREBRAND ZANU-PF national political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, has plunged the strife-torn organisation into another crisis as sharp differences have emerged over his attempts to restructure the fractured ruling party, the Financial ...
READ MORE
Zimbabwe cash crisis could accelerate succession says US
Pile pressure on Robert Mugabe: Tsvangirai
Christopher Mushowe secrets outed
I am ready for jail: Mutasa
‘Repent for the Kingdom of God is nigh’
Mutsvangwa faces expulsion from ZANU PF – report
Mavhaire mocks Robert Mugabe
President Mugabe’s clan at war over Telecel
Thousands of rowdy ZANU PF thugs Storm Mujuru’s
Zanu PF infighting: Tables Turn Against Kasukuwere

Arts & Entertainment