The West’s tactic in Africa’s resource war


THIS week, I want to explore how some Western countries use the “zvibaye-wega-ungazoti-mwana-wemuKorekore-akaipa tactic to further regime change and plunder resources in Africa.
When the Korekore meted out the death penalty on a prisoner captured in a war, they put the person up on the tree and asked him to dive onto a spear planted in the ground, telling him “Zvibaye wega, ungazoti mwana wemuKorekore akaipa.”
They did this because they did not want to be blamed for the victim’s death, or they feared ngozi.
However, in Africa’s case, the strategy works very well for Western countries that benefit from resource wars, but do not want to be blamed for Africa’s problems because they want to present themselves as the champions of human rights and democracy.
This tactic is also working very well for them in the Middle East.
It works anywhere where there is Western resentment; where there are rich mineral and oil deposits, and where they feel their interests threatened.
They have been using it widely in Africa after independence.
It is easy to use one African against another: divide and rule or divide and conquer tactic.
While Africa, the Middle East and some Third World Countries are engulfed in countless civil wars which stagnate development, it is important to note that there have not been any wars fought on Western Europe or USA soils: the last ones being in 1945 (western Europe) and for the USA during the American Civil War of 1865.
Are we bloodthirsty?
Are we violent and corrupt? Or are we victims of resource led wars, arming Africans to slaughter each other in zvibayei mega mungazoti vana vevarungu vakaipa?
I was watching Aljazeera news channel a few nights ago when a news clip showed how rebels were burning houses and killing people in the Central African Republic.
I have also observed that Francophone countries are the worst affected by these resource wars, and are the most unstable countries on the continent.
The French have a history of aiding their favourites (in former colonies) to topple up leaders they do not like.
They recently did that in Ivory Coast: Laurent Gbagbo against Alassane Ouattara.
Until 1999, Ivory Coast had been a stable country since its first black president Felix Houphouet-Boigny, later succeeded by Henri Bedie who was ousted by Robert Guei in a coup in 1999. 
Since then, Ivory Coast has not been politically stable.
It’s zvibaye wega ungazoti mwana wemukorekore akaipa!
The Central African Republic got independence from France in 1960. The country is one of the most unstable countries in the region despite being blessed with natural resources such as virgin forests, timber, and mineral wealth including diamonds. According to the BBC News (November 6 2013), “Corruption is rife and undermines the timber and diamond industries,” in the CAR.
But is it just corruption causing the destabilisation of the country?
Using corruption as an excuse is a cheap politicking.
Jean-Bedel Bokassa took over from France in 1960.
He was removed from power in a coup in which the French aided David Dacko their favourite.
This has been followed by years of political instability; coups, rebellions, mutinies, whatever!
In March this year President Francois Bozize was ousted.
But the question is, who is arming these rebels, and who is benefiting from the conflict?
Again it’s zvibaye wega ungazoti mwana wemurungu akaipa!
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a former Belgian colony, attained its independence in 1960 with Patrice Lumumba as its first black Prime Minister.
A year later he was ousted and killed by USA backed Joseph Mobutu (Mobutu Sese Seko) who capitalised on the Cold War between Russia and the USA.
According to the BBC’s country report on the DRC, Mobutu’s relevance to the USA waned with the end of the Cold War.
The conflict in the DRC has also claimed more than three million people.
Again, who is benefiting from these wars, and who is funding the rebels?
Zvibaye wega ungazoti murungu akaipa!
The British, Portuguese, Italians, Americans and all former colonial masters are not saints either.
The history of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Uganda, Somalia, Nigeria, Sudan, and now Kenya, says it all.
The only countries that appear peaceful, such as Botswana, are countries where their stooges are in ‘power’.
African countries are battlegrounds where world super powers experiment with their weapons.
They take advantage of different religions and tribes to instigate wars (arm rebels) and sponsor bandits.
Africa is an endangered species at the threat of extinction.
During ongoing global melt-down, African economies are growing while that of the USA and most European countries are in recession. The World Economic Situation and Prospects 2013 (WESP) report estimated that African economies would grow by about 5,1 percent in 2013, and 5,6 percent in 2014.
This makes Africa even more vulnerable.
The Southern African region has been very stable over the last decade.
However, RENAMO is posing a threat to this peaceful existence.
In recent years Zimbabwe discovered large deposits of mineral wealth including diamonds.
Last year Mozambique reported stumbling on deposits of natural gas and coal.
The timing of RENAMO resurgence is not by coincidence.
It is designed to create resource wars and destabilise the region.
When leaders like President Robert Mugabe stand up to the West and fight to safeguard Zimbabwe’s resources, he is vilified as a dictator. The result is sanctions.
Unfortunately there are still many Zimbabweans who believe that the sanctions are ‘targeted’.
Last week I was informed by a reliable source (here in the UK) that a British Bank is refusing to release £80 million to a potential British investor who wants to set a manufacturing plant in Zimbabwe, which has the potential to create about 400 jobs for engineers, as well as 15 000 jobs for general staff all because of these ‘economic restrictions’. The investor has been advised to set up the plant in Botswana.
This is food for thought for those in denial about the impact of sanctions on Zimbabwe, which were lobbied for by the MDC.
And the MDC-T is calling for the extension of these sanctions because they lost the election.
Zvibayei mega mungazoti vana vevarungu vakaipa.?


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