THE comments attributed to President Mugabe at the United Nations refer.
In an interview with the Associated Press at the UN headquarters last Wednesday, Mugabe rejected suggestions in the West that the power-sharing deal was facing hitches.
“There is no one who is keen to resign from the agreement. Only one area relating to four Cabinet posts is outstanding. I am surprised that the Americans and British are saying loud stupid things about us.” And who says stupid things about them?
He said the agreement would work despite the fact that Zanu PF and the two MDC formations had different backgrounds, the ruling party being a revolutionary party while the opposition leaned to the British and their Western allies for support.
“I donâ€™t see any reason why we canâ€™t work together. As Zimbabweans we are all sons of the soil as we say. The only differences are on how we move forward.”
The only move forward that Mugabe and his mafia have ever made is towards their self-enrichment with no thought for the people of Zimbabwe.
As for “sons of the soil”, should we all not look at how the new farmers are managing their newly acquired farms “inherited” from the folk who put in the hard work, and witness the sort of production being carried out now.
“Britainâ€™s problem with Zimbabwe was the land issue and Londonâ€™s determination to see Mugabe out of office,” the president said when asked about the oppositionâ€™s intimation that it wants a truth and reconciliation exercise on alleged human rights abuses.
“The fight is between us and the British and Americans. It is the British, it is the Americans which must be reconciled to us. It does not pay to have their stooges reconciling with us when the principals stand apart.”
The principals which he speaks of must surely be, on the one hand, murder, violence and intimidation against the poorest of Zimbabweans such as Gukurahundi victims of the early 80s, Murambatsvina and many more documented violations of human rights. Mugabe has no mandate to talk of “principals”. He has no morals.
“Zimbabwe has not offended the US and Britain. Zimbabwe has not interfered in their domestic affairs but they have offended us even to the extent of creating an opposition in our country. They want regime change.”
Zimbabweans are the people who want regime change, Mr President, and you offend the people of Zimbabwe every time you speak!
“(Former British Prime Minister Tony) Blair, who was once in the saddle is no more, (Gordon) Brown is on his way out. This is not because of us but their democratic processes,” said Mugabe.
On democracy in Zimbabwe, he said Sadc and the African Union could only judge Zimbabwe and not the West, which he urged to remove the illegal sanctions.
Sanctions were never against Zimbabweans. They were directed at Mugabe and his kleptocratic mafiosi. Mugabe and his cronies have continually perpetuated the lie that sanctions were against locals.
“Sanctions must be lifted, why were they imposed in the first place? There is dishonesty in their scope, these are overwhelming sanctions with the IMF and World Bank directed to stop aid to Zimbabwe. Is there anything more demonic than that?”
Was it not Mugabeâ€™s government that stopped aid to the poorest of rural Zimbabweans during the last elections?
Is there anything more demonic than to intimidate these people through violence, withholding of food supplies, and to solicit votes through coercion?
Mugabe claims he remains resolute despite spirited efforts by the British and Americans to dislodge him from power.
“They are waiting for a day when this man, this evil man, called Robert Mugabe is no longer in control. I donâ€™t know when that day is coming.”
Asked if he was prepared to face trial at the International Criminal Court, Mugabe said: “They (the West) forget that I did not invade Iraq.”
Mugabe attacked and drove out poor people in the townships and informal markets in Operation Murambatsvina.
“I am not Mr Bush, is this not the man who must face trial? They must not confuse me with Mr Bush.”
The president was optimistic Zimbabweâ€™s economy would rebound if the West lifted the economic blockade and stopped meddling in the internal affairs of the country.
He said the country welcomed investment from friendly countries.
Mugabe agreed that economic revival hinged on a good agricultural season and sufficient food would help tame inflation.
“If the West can only leave us alone you will see us come up.”
Mugabe said executive power had never been exclusive to one person in government.
“Executive power in Zimbabwe resides in the presidency (but) that power is not held by one person but devolves from the president, vice-presidents (and now) the prime minister, deputy prime ministers down to the ministers and the civil servants.”
On whether the ouster of Thabo Mbeki as South African president was right, Mugabe said it was not for him to say but noted that Mbeki had done a lot of good work with Zimbabwe.
Asked if the move did not show that democracy was at work in South Africa he replied: “Well, democracy at work? I donâ€™t think democracy should work in that negative way. Democracy in one stroke pulls him down, democracy without morality is hollow.”
What authority does this man have to speak of democracy and morality?