This article by Liku Zelleke talks about the recent words by Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe. The backdrop of his actions is that Zimbabwe has been deeply affected by Europeans who’ve colonized the country and extracted the nation of it’s resources. This has led him to have a low tolerance for the continued occupation of his homeland, which is a controversial position to say the least.
Reported by Liku Zelleke
Robert Gabriel Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe, said last week that the Whites who had been disowned of farming lands might as well “go back to England” as there was no hope of their ever regaining ownership over their former properties.
Mugabe made the speech during a ceremony held for the installation of a chief in his rural Zvimba area. He also said that the sanctions that have been in place against his country for quite some time now wouldn’t have that much effect on his stand against Whites.
“The West prefers a weak leader who, they hope, would allow the Whites to come back,” he said in Shona, a local dialect. “They think if they intimidate us we will be cowed and allow the Whites to come back; that will never happen.”
“Don’t they [the Whites] know where their ancestors came from? The British who are here should all go back to England.”
“What is the problem? We now have airplanes which can take them back quicker than the ships used by their ancestors,” Mugabe quipped.
He then moved on to the topic of the few hundreds of White farmers who still remained in Zimbabwe and owned land.
“There are White farmers who are still on the land and hove the protection of some cabinet ministers and politicians as well as traditional leaders,” he said. “I have been given a list of 35 White farmers in Mashonaland West alone and in just a few districts that have been audited. We say no to Whites owning our land and they should go.”
He then continued to clarify what Whites could own in Zimbabwe, “They can own companies and apartments in our towns and cities but not the soil. It is ours and that message should ring loud and clear in Britain and the United States.”
Mugabe then went back a few years and told of the falling out he had with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair:
“We had an agreement with the Margaret Thatcher government and when Tony Blair came he reneged on that agreement. I pleaded with him to review his decision but he was a boy from the streets with no experience so he stuck to his guns,” Mugabe said. “I was not amused and told him to keep his England and we would keep our Zimbabwe. We will not pay for our land and we will not ask our people to pay for it because they never paid for it in the first place. They were selling to each other among themselves, and we will not recognize any of that nonsense. They were living like kings and queens on our land and we chucked them out. Now we want all of it.”
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