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Mugabe threatens US with unspecified action

Mugabe threatens US with unspecified action

Published: 6 September 2013

US Ambassador Bruce Wharton said his government did not agree with the Sadc

HARARE – President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF says it is not worried by the United States’ decision yesterday to maintain sanctions against Zimbabwe, but confirmed Mugabe’s threats to retaliate.

The United States yesterday said it will not lift the travel and economic embargoes imposed on Mugabe’s regime over a decade ago.

Australia and the European Union, who have imposed the same punitive measures against Mugabe and his government, have said they would only reconsider their position after going through the full report by Sadc and the African Union on the disputed July 31 elections.

In a statement to yesterday, US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Bruce Wharton said his government did not agree with the Sadc Election Observer Mission report which hailed the July 31 polls as “generally credible” and an “expression of the will of the people”.

Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo yesterday said his party was used to the sanctions which they had lived with for a long time and had proved that they cannot collapse a Zanu PF government. He said as such, the party was not worried about the sanctions issue and was currently concentrating on the formation of a new Zanu PF government.

Gumbo said: “Really, there is no need to keep on talking about elections. Sadc said the elections were credible and we go by that. The elections are now water under the bridge. We are now concentrating on forming the new government and working on ways to develop the country — attracting investment into the country. We have endured the sanctions and they did not bring down the government. They (US) can do what they want. ”

Asked if the government would carry out the threats of retaliation issued by Mugabe, Gumbo said: “When we take action on their companies, we will tell you.”

Mugabe too expressed skepticism over the removal of sanctions. He said during his inauguration that he doubted if the West would remove the sanctions.

“We have been under sanctions for a decade and three years,” Mugabe said. “Most likely we shall remain under these sanctions for much longer. But we have held our own.”

A few days later, at the burial of Mike Karakadzai at the national shrine, Mugabe threatened to hit back at the West if they maintained sanctions on his government.

“They should not continue to harass us, the British and Americans,” he said. “We have not done anything to their companies here. The British have several companies in this country, and we have not imposed any controls, any sanctions against them, but time will come when we will say well, tit-for-tat, you hit me I hit you.”

On Monday, the head of the Sadc Election Observer Mission Tanzanian Foreign Affairs minister Bernard Mwembe said the elections were “peaceful, free and generally credible” and urged the United States and Britain to lift sanctions on Zimbabwe.

But Wharton yesterday said while the US government acknowledged the peaceful nature of the polls it remained concerned over other aspects.

“Shortcomings in the voter registration process, access to State media, partisanship of some elements of the security sector and the lack of transparency in the voters’ roll prevent us from seeing the election as a credible expression of the will of the Zimbabwean people,” said Wharton.

“US imposes visa restrictions on a small number of Zimbabweans, and prohibits American business transactions with those individuals. The reasons for those targeted sanctions are laid out in Executive Order 13288 of March 6, 2003, which President (Barack) Obama extended for one year on March 1, 2013.”

Wharton said the Zimbabwe Economic and Democracy Recovery Act enacted in the US in 2001 was in response to “concerns about democratic processes, respect for human rights and breakdown of the rule of law in Zimbabwe.

“Zimbabwe has made progress on some of these issues since 2001, but the basic concerns remain relevant. We look forward to further progress in ensuring that all Zimbabweans have a voice in the nation’s political affairs, that the basic rights of all are respected, and that justice is available to all.”

The US diplomat, however, said his country would continue to support “rational, sustainable and equitable economic development”. – NewsDay

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Posted by: Mildred

Ndiko kurota kauku, what can u do to the mighty USA

Posted by: Njabulo

The boy in Derby(England)who has been jailed for internet sex crimes is just a victim of racism in England. THIS IS PURE RACISM. Whilst no one condones the abuse of children ,this one is pure racism. For those of you who do not know what the indigenous people of England do to blacks ,this one is but ,one of many examples of using a black as a scapegoat. It is in the DNA of the English to lie ,abuse blacks and set them up. It is something inherent in them to destroy the lives of blacks. To them it is a greatest adventure to see blacks suffering and to see blacks fighting each other .Those of you who do not know about them ask. Do not just consume every nonsense which they say about any black person. It is a great achievement for any white person in England to vilify and denigrate a black person. That white person who does that is accorded a heroes status .And any black person who takes part in setting up the other black gets a bonus by being allowed to appear in their tv programmes. I would liken this to the time of slavery whereby black slaves who reported any attempts to escape by their fellow slaves would be granted what we call in history ‘manumission’. In fact they use other blacks to cover up their racism and human rights abuses. Those brothers of us that are not enlightened about how these great liars operate will not know but they will go on to persecute their own brothers without asking questions. If this unfortunate lad had the chance of telling us his own story, you would be surprised. You might even find that he was forced to admit the crime. You cannot be listened to in the English courts if you are a black person. For as long as the report has /was written by a white person you simply do not have a chance. They like to criminalise blacks and to see these young boys suffering. So what is the best thing to do? Is to shut your mouth and do your care work. But the truth is that, those whites that use white girls to set up blacks, they are equally guilty of child abuse. By using those children to create a crime, they are also criminals. It is unfortunate that nothing can be done because the crime in question has been committed by a white person. That is of setting up a black person. And the black person ends up suffering.(be your brother’s keeper do not be indoctrinated with rubbish).Its a shame to criminalise such a young person. Perhaps they will lie and say that the white person who set him up was acting as is always their usual song .That is if the boy wins his appeal.[no we are not united in a crime of persecuting our own brothers]
Njabulo [my opinion]

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