Recently in New York, USA
THAT the Americans and the British have in recent years adopted walking out as a ‘strategy’ when President Robert Mugabe delivers his speeches is now a matter of public record.
Last week, they once again hit the headlines, as usual for the wrong reasons, when they unceremoniously walked out as President Mugabe was delivering his keynote address during the debate of the 68th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York, USA.
The British and Americans were visibly agitated as President Mugabe lambasted them both (USA and Britain) for imposing illegal and ‘filthy’ economic sanctions against Zimbabwe because it implemented the highly successful Land Reform Programme.
Prior to its inception, only
4 000 white farmers owned the country’s prime land, but after its implementation, the programme benefitted over 400 000 black households.
President Mugabe said the sanctions against Zimbabwe violate fundamental principles of the UN Charter on State sovereignty and non-interference in the domestic affairs of a sovereign State.
He said Zimbabwe strongly condemns the use of economic sanctions as a foreign policy tool to effect regime change.
“In the eyes of our people, the sanctions constitute a form of hostility and violence against them for the simple crime of undertaking the Land Reform Programme by which land was put in the hands of the majority landless Zimbabweans,” said President Mugabe.
“Our small and peaceful country is threatened daily by covetous and bigoted big powers whose hunger for domination and control of other nations and their resources knows no bounds.
“Shame, shame, shame to the USA.
“Shame, shame, shame to Britain and its allies.
“Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans, so are its resources.”
Soon after this fiery condemnation of the USA and Britain, delegates from the respective countries, stung by President Mugabe’s speech, left in a huff, much to the surprise of other delegates and fellow journalists in the media centre.
“They should have simply absconded from the onset if they did not want to listen to his speech,” said one journalist from Zambia who refused to be named. “That is what I call the highest level of disrespect and arrogance.”
Back in Zimbabwe, one Chikambure quickly posted on his facebook page condemning the Americans and the British for what he described as a tired strategy.
“These guys from the USA and Britain have been walking out on President Mugabe for the umpteen times already,” he said.
“Next time they should try running – it’s more dramatic and less monotonous.
“And besides, what kind of democracy does the West talk about when they do not want to hear the views of others?
“They are hypocrites.”
Despite the British and Americans walking out, President Mugabe said the hypocrisy of the USA and Britain was seen after the July 31 harmonised elections. Although the result was applauded by the African Union (AU), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and other regional organisations, the USA and Britain rejected them.
President Mugabe trounced MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai after garnering 64,09 percent of the vote against Tsvangirai’s 34 percent.
“It appears that when the USA and its allies speak of democracy and freedom, they are doing so only in relative terms,” said President Mugabe.
“Zimbabwe, however, refuses that these Western detractors define democracy and freedom for us.
“We paid the ultimate price for it and we shall never relinquish our sovereignty.
“As we have repeatedly asserted, Zimbabwe will never be a colony again.”
Concerning the UN Security Council, President Mugabe reiterated that for Africa the reform of the UN Security Council was long overdue.
The body’s five veto-wielding permanent members are USA, Britain, France, Russia and China.
In this regard, President Mugabe said the anachronistic and unrepresentative character of the Security Council must be redressed.
“The Security Council needs to be more representative, democratic, transparent, accountable and accessible to the wider membership for its decisions to have more legitimacy.”
Meanwhile, Zambian President, Michael Sata commended his counterpart President Mugabe for his ‘one of a kind’ speech.
According to The Post, President Sata hailed President Mugabe during his speech and later walked over to him and exchanged greetings before congratulating him for a firm message to the 68th General Assembly.
Congratulations Sekulu; that was a good message,” said President Sata.
The 68th session of the UN General Assembly was held under the theme, ‘The Post 2015 Agenda – Setting the Stage’.’\