HARARE – Three days after he started his seventh term as Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe has warned Britain and the U.S. that his patience is running out with them.
It is understood Mugabe is furious at the West’s refusal to recognise his re-election in last month’s polls and America’s decision to maintain sanctions on the 89-year-old and his close allies.
Mugabe says Zimbabwe has been treating Britain and U.S. citizens well. But he told mourners at a state funeral in Harare on Sunday that the time is coming when Zimbabwe will run out of patience.
He said they have “had enough” adding that he and Zanu-PF must be left free to run the country.
Mugabe expressed anger at the west’s criticism of the July election which Britain, the European Union and the United States of America say were flawed and may not reflect the will of Zimbabweans.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) head Rita Makarau defended the poll results.
She said one of the reasons the voters’ roll was not released on time was because the registrar general’s computer systems were down.
However, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has refused to accept the explanation as it believes the elections were rigged.
MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai did not attend Mugabe’s inauguration last week as he believes the elections were not free and fair.