Mugabe's address to Earth Summit EGYPT: EU-AFRICA SUMMIT: MUGABE 1 day ago   03:37

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1. Various Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, walking onto stage
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe:
"Your excellencies we must examine why 10 years after Rio, the poor remain very much with us - poorer and far more exposed and vulnerable as ever before. Our children suffer from malnutrition and diseases, compounded by the deadly HIV-AIDS endemic. The betrayal of the collective agenda we set ourselves at Rio is a compelling manifestation of bad global governance, a lack of real political will by the north and a total absence of rule of law in international affairs."
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4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe:
"Indeed, ours is an Agrarian economy, an imperative that renders the issue of access to land paramount. In our situation, Mr. President, this fundamental question has pitted the black majority who are the right holders and therefore, primary stakeholders of our land, against an internationally well connected racial minority, largely of British descent, and brought in and sustained by British colonialism, now being supported and manipulated by the Blair government. We have said, even as we acquire our land, that we shall not deprive white farmers of land completely. Everyone of them is entitled to at least one farm - more than one farm indeed. Fifteen, twenty, thirty-five farms, one person. These are not figures I am getting out of my mind. They are real figures. So no farmer is being left without land."
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6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe:
"Let no one who is negative want to spoil what we are doing for ourselves, in order to unite Africa. We belong to this continent. We don't mind having and bearing sanctions banning us from Europe. We are not Europeans and we have not asked for any inch of Europe, or any spare inch of that territory. So Blair, keep your England and let me keep my Zimbabwe."
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8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe:
"People must always come first in sustainable development and later Africans come first in the development of Africa. Not as puppets, not as beggars but as a sovereign people. Thank-you."

STORYLINE:

Speaking at the Earth Summit in South Africa on Monday, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attacked British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, telling him to stop interfering in Zimbabwean affairs.

Mugabe told gathered world leaders at the Earth Summit in Johannesburg, "Blair, keep your England and let me keep my Zimbabwe."

During his speech, Mugabe also defended his government's land reforms. He said white farmers in Zimbabwe were "an internationally well connected racial minority, largely of British descent, and brought in and sustained by British colonialism, now being supported and manipulated by the Blair government."

The British Prime Minister was not in the hall during Mugabe's speech.


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Comments 56 Comments

Talkmore Maheya
yaaaa uuuum this speach is too much, mr President lets take a lead as Africans in African development not as puppets "
Nana Yao
the best president
steve kane
😭😭😭 Africa have to produce more Robert Mugabe.
Thank you papa Africa.
Mundia Kamau
tom shongwe
A true African
Mupenzi Robzy
Thank u mugabe,may the most high bless you,
Austin Lee
Gutters Journalists really painted him black. Mugabe is a great leader!! How many blacks owned a land in Europe??
sizwe nduduzo
Africas greatest may God grant this man many more years
Thokozile Nyaungwa
We miss you Bob
Tineris Erik
how is the hunger there my friends?
eliot manjoro
Long live
Fatma Abri
Actually many zimbabweans speak ill of him.As much as he ruined what was once the pearl of africa but he did speak the truth to westerners who think they own this world.For this I thank u Mugabe
Steadmore Musenyi
Only man who told the honest truth, unfortunately for personal reasons
Dee Mil
my Father my Father...
MotherEarth Needs CLEANSING!
Well said, wiseman!
grace ruredzo
My President Ever .
Zeblon
The man did nothing for us Zimbabweans all what he knew was to attack the Western countries as if they are the ones who destroyed our economy,Ian Smith left everything intact him and his Zanu Pf party started to loot ,taking even all the farms that he is talking about here for themselves,no ordinary Zimbabweans benefited from his land invasion,majority of Zimbabweans don’t see this evil man as a hero
Dan O'Malley
Excellent speech! We are not Europeans, we only ask to keep our Zimbabwe. Such a simple request but one that infuriates many a western leader.

Mugabe was no saint, but he was a strong leader who earnestly attempted to secure Zimbabwe's independence from western neo-colonialism. For that, he must be admired. He struggled his whole life to build a country and a continent that stood as a sovereign people. God bless him in the future.
John Chuol Biel
Powerful word by president Robert.
Peter Jordaan
Oh so brutally wrong
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EGYPT: EU-AFRICA SUMMIT: MUGABE Mugabe's address to Earth Summit 1 day ago   02:32

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British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook is set to confront Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe over the violent political turmoil gripping the former British colony.

President Mugabe was due to lead the Zimbabwean delegation at a two-day E-U-Africa summit, getting underway in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Monday.

The Zimbabwean and UK delegations will be seated close together in the conference room.

Relations between the two countries have grown increasingly strained in recent weeks.

British Foreign Office ministers have repeatedly condemned President Mugabe's failure to order his security forces to implement judicial orders to remove squatters occupying white-owned farms.

And Britain voiced grave concerns when on Saturday brutal force was used against demonstrators protesting against the farm invasions.

President Mugabe, for his part, has accused the British of colonialism and interference.

SOUNDBITE: (English)
"Well the U-K is trying to teach us how to run our country. Naturally we resist that. We do not accept - we are not a British colony any longer. We are not the only developing country with problems. There are many countries with problems. Zimbabwe is far better that the average developing country. You come to Zimbabwe and you will see. We are not a collapsing economy. We have difficulties at the moment but certainly we have a strong asset base and we will not collapse. But when we have difficulties, you see, Britain has no right at all to try and suggest to the rest of the world that we are a failure, nor have they a right to try and suggest to us what we should do. We are not an extension of Britain, we have said. So this is the main area of difference between them and ourselves".
SUPER CAPTION: Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe

Britain's shadow foreign secretary Francis Maude has renewed calls for Zimbabwe to be suspended from the Commonwealth.

But President Mugabe insists that if any country deserves to be sanctioned, it's Britain.

SOUNDBITE: (English)
"If there's any country that should now be considered for sanctions, it is Britain for interfering in the domestic affairs of Zimbabwe.
Q:Britain also wanted to raise this issue during this summit. Do you think it's appropriate?
"Well, the British have no standards, apparently, to guide them and if they do, they would be misfiring. And since I'm here I'll take care of them".
SUPER CAPTION: Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe

The U-K is also concerned about threats by former guerrillas to instigate violence if the Zimbabwean government is defeated at forthcoming elections.

Those elections were originally set for April but are now likely to be held in July.

SOUNDBITE: (English)
"The elections - we have been announcing the stages we are taking. We have a delimitation commission which is working on delimiting the constituencies. As soon as they are through we will announce a date. But we can announce a date before. But next month the elections should take place".
SUPER CAPTION: Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe

On Sunday, at a preparatory meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Cairo ahead of the summit, Robin Cook proposed that the E-U should offer to send officials to monitor the elections to ensure that they are "free and fair" - a suggestion likely to infuriate President Mugabe.

During those same discussions, Robin Cook proposed that the situation in Zimbabwe be added to the agenda for the next E-U General Affairs Council on April 10.

Britain has drawn up contingency plans to evacuate up to 20,000 British passport holders from Zimbabwe, should that prove necessary.


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