News 24 – July 27, 2012 – Cape Town
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has castigated Western leaders, saying that they could use Zimbabweans to fight against each other in their endeavour to “exploit” the country, according to a report on Friday.
According to the Herald online, Mugabe urged Zimbabweans to be “cautious of Western leaders who praise them as good leaders while arming them to work against their people”.
“There are some among us who are leaning a lot against the whites. If you lean on these people and fail to see that you are being used, then you are stupid,” he said in Zimbabwe’s Shona language.
Mugabe was speaking a few days after Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai hailed the European Union’s decision to suspend most of the sanctions that were imposed on Zimbabwe in 2002.
“Some of us have scars inflicted by the colonial settlers during the period we were fighting against them. But some of us choose to ignore this… They are called good leaders and are equated to Mandela [Nelson Mandela]. And yet they are being used to fight against their own,” he said.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard early this week equated Tsvangirai to former South African president Nelson Mandela.
Mugabe also urged Zimbabweans in the Diaspora to return home and benefit from Zimbabwe’s indigenisation and empowerment programme for the development of the country.
He said the country’s struggle had moved to the economy since Zimbabweans took over the land.
“We have the knowledge and we are saying now we can mine our minerals,” he said.
Mugabe and Tsvangirai were forced into a coalition government three years ago to avoid a tip into fully-fledged conflict following a bloody presidential run-off election.