Journalists force way into closed session for President Mugabe

President Mugabe

President Mugabe

Tendai Mugabe in PORT LOUIS, Mauritius
Journalists from all over the world covering the on-going African Economic Platform here yesterday could not stomach missing the chance of capturing President Mugabe’s speech live and forced their way into a closed session when they realised it was his turn to make a contribution.

The journalists had been calm all along when other speakers took to the floor, while they were following proceedings from giant screens in the media centre, but all of a sudden stormed the entrance when his turn to speak came.

The journalists had been barred from covering the plenary session because the conference venue was too small and were asked to watch on giant television screens in the media centre.

But security officers failed to control them when they disregarded all protocol and stormed the entrance just not to miss that once in a lifetime experience of covering the African icon’s speech.

They were eventually allowed to capture his contribution and some of them could be seen voluntarily leaving the room after he finished speaking.

In his speech, President Mugabe said Africa had suffered too much external interference, resulting in the continent failing to develop economically using a developmental path of its choice.

The President said the meddling started with colonisation and was now playing out throughout Africa via non-governmental organisations.

Such interference, said President Mugabe, was done in the name of democracy and promotion of multi-party system, but in some cases it had led to instability in some parts of Africa.

President Mugabe said: “So, we have not been left to ourselves to do our own things, to develop ourselves indigenously. No.

“But what has it (democracy and multi-party system) meant? It has meant in some cases coup de tats, in others, a continued reliance on the big powers in Europe, America to support certain parties and we have in our systems today so much interferences by outsiders. Sometimes direct and now very common through what they call NGOs.

“Hundreds of them! In one country you get hundred (and) there is hardly any country. No! No, country in Africa without NGO, none at all.”

President Mugabe said the interference challenge was being further exacerbated by the fact that some African countries over-relied on the West for development, among other things.

“Some countries rely on them (West) for their security and stability – rely on them even for development of their cultural aspects of society – be it education and because the political factor has had its play with people forming parties with some leaders thinking ‘they’ alone to the exclusion of others must play the part.”

President Mugabe said in cases where subtle strategies of interference failed to achieve desired objectives, the external forces imposed illegal sanctions like what they did in the case of Zimbabwe.

“We have had sanctions for more than 10, 12, 15 years imposed on us, Zimbabwe, for no other reason other than the fact that we got our land back from the settlers, from the British government,” he said.

“So, the resource that we got, which is land – very crucial, has cost us quite a lot. Nevertheless, we try our best within Sadc.”

President Mugabe said despite setbacks posed by external interference, Africa had been yearning for unity for a long time.

He said this resulted in the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (now African Union) in 1963.

President Mugabe took time to explain how the AU came into being and what its founding fathers wanted to achieve.

“So, it was thought by our co-founders that if we put ourselves together politically and from a big union, we may be able to serve our people better, hence the formation of the OAU in 1963,” said President Mugabe.

“But we went further, our founding fathers went further to recognise that, that unity can further up the interest and objectives, socio-economic, of our people as a whole in Africa.

“The entity is too large. We are not united – we are not United States of Africa in spite of the emphasis by others and the plea by others that we establish the United States of Africa at the time of the establishment of the OAU.  That was not possible. So, it was suggested (that) we have regions, ECOWAS, SADC, COMESA, Central African, Maghreb and that, through that apparent segmentation, but covered overall by the OAU and of course supervised by the OAU from the above, we will manage to keep together and pursue the common goals that were adumbrated and established by the OAU to follow.”

African Union Commission chairperson Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat opened the AEP meeting and called for greater cooperation and trade among African countries.

Pin It
  • Ton van Der Parker

    What has RGM done for the people of the R of Z ? This is the man who has failed to help the people that have been affected by the floods and the NGOs have done a better job? This is the man who has failed to help orphans right across the country but the NGOs have been supporting these children in various means. What have all those organisations including AU done to address the problems faced by African states like South Sudan , Ethiopia , Somalia, Niger, etc? The Somalis, South Sudanese and Ethiopians are facing starvation and famine and NGOs have been busy helping to save lives yet these organisations are being attacked by an ungrateful swine. He has no shame to attack the NGOs that helped the countries that were affected by abola and even those that provided necessary assistance during the cholera outbreak while he RGM was busy denying the fact that people were dying of cholera. He is selfish and wants other children to live in poverty while his enjoy high live in Dubai and Singapore. Why does he not drop dead or sleep and never wake up?

    • Olebogeng Ipeleng

      You said it all… Naked truth…

      • MakhosiXamu

        You are just a naked slave.

        • ndabezitha

          They were there to see how frail he is not his contribution…

          • MakhosiXamu

            Was he frail?. Your deductions are so pathetic, shame.

          • Royal Mthwakazi

            Wena, wouldnt you be curious to see a 93 year old President in real life? You would want ukuzibonela ngawakho amehlo, ukuthiyintoni le? Ngumuntu ngempela; mhlawumbe yisipoko!!

          • MakhosiXamu

            You are trying to score political views points that are not relevant. God is the creator of mankind and no other person can gain political or otherwise by targeting be it the age or appearance(physical being)….. Ingqondo zakho zingamanyala, shame.

          • Royal Mthwakazi

            You can say whatever you like, kodwa okusalayo uMgabe is curiosity personified. The creature is 97 years old; just 7 years short of 100, but its still walking straight on two legs, albeit very slowly. On top of that, he is still a head of State; the only one at that age, through out umhlaba lo wonke jikelele. If that doesn’t strike you as strange and abnormal; then nothing will!!

          • Royal Mthwakazi

            Correction: He is 93 years old…….

          • MakhosiXamu

            The difference is the same.

          • MakhosiXamu

            What you are good at is mere denigration and that can not be regarded as something that might assist the Zim. populace, political or economically. There are many people i know who above 100 years and I don’t have to belittle them because i have political agenda to achieve. Who said old age is an abnormality?. kunzima nxa indoda enje ngawe itshekisa ulomo ngalindlela, shame.

          • Royal Mthwakazi

            Yes they are many who are 100 years, but they dont walk straight with no cane; nor are they Heads of State. No denigration there – just pain truth. I dont know how much you get paid for, for your overzealousness in defending the Gukurahundi living ancestor. Makes you wonder!!

          • MakhosiXamu

            As a political activist you are sick upstairs. U Abraham lived over 400 years, Mugabe’s age is peanuts. Ngoba wena at 15 years you think you are old enough. The so called development has actually reduced the life span of humans. O Abraham had modern medicine , no graduated scientists , no hospitals, no planes – wena njengo hlanya lothu utshayela ihlombe this touted development(USA/UK & Euorpe), shame, ndoda.

    • MakhosiXamu

      NGOs don’t serve any purpose in Zim. or Africa at large. Those who run(fronts) these organisations are stinking rich. Why?. NGOs are meant to perpetuate the colonial hang over. Europe and the USA are eager to strangle Africans so that Africa confirms with their wishes. Africa is supposed to be rich looking at the donations that are poured into these NGOs but alas the opposite is true. Where do those resources go to if ever these Europeans fund their activities?. When Europe donates to Africa – cash does not come but goods and services made in Europe will trickle to those targeted countries. Therefore Europe does not donate to Africa. NGOs are used to fund Wars in Africa – Somalia , Sudan(North & South). NGOs have no help to Africa they promote tribal and regional conflicts – look at Libya today. There many causes of famine in Africa – Wars and persistent drought worse off in Ethiopia. NGOs are a dirty lot – there is nothing good about them. They play political games in order to arm-twist stupid African scholars with no brains of their own. RGM is right NGOs are a menace to African development. Only the remnants of Brishity Slaves would support these NGOs. Why should Africa thank NGOs for assistance on the Ebola. Ebola was made in Europe, the NGOs are only returning looted African resources in the form of aid. Who is fooling who. As for death wish – God is the owner of life, you can’t do anything about that.

      • Zuze

        Your brain was washed with Javel. Africa has had ample time to get together and use its resources to be a world powerhouse. What have African leaders done, enriched themselves. He talks about NGO’s on one hand whilst his Lieutenants on the other are begging the West for aid. You keep on accusing people that oppose RGM as British Slaves. A stupid mentality from a man who has BALLS for Brains. “Where do those resources go to if ever these Europeans fund their activities?.” Silly man. Aid packages that were given to this country found their way in Zanu pf officials hands. That is an open secret. The only reason why RGM refuses permission for most NGO to distribute aid is because they have seen through Zanus crookedness of using aid as a Political tool making as if it is coming from Zanu so they insist on distributing it themselves. I have not doubt that Western Countries looted in the past and some still benefit from weaker Nations. What is even worse is when African Leaders LOOT from their own people.Who’s fooling who? I think you are fooling yourself.

        • Dudhuza

          Well said Ndoda.

      • Royal Mthwakazi

        what is worse, an African Presudent who spends $8 million on each single foreign trip; attends every useless gathering around the world; uses foreign bospitals and Universities vs NGO who help with flood victims; education; health and civic duties to the nation.

        The letters NGO simply mean Non Governmental Organisation. Nothing says they are American or Western and indeed, not all of them are Western.

        A number of them are local too. NGOs helped ZAPU, ZANU, ANC, SWAPO, Frelimo etc during their liberation struggle. Why did Mugabe attack them then? NGO will always help the oppressed against self centred governments. Simply do the right thing as a government for your people; you then close all the space for NGOs. Its that simple!!

        • MakhosiXamu

          If in the present day and age you assume NGOs really are useful then something is terrible wrong with your mindset. NGOs have destroyed the normal life of Africans. If you still think those rags and the left overs(peanuts) which they throw around at our brothers & Sisters(Moms & Dads) ..uyagula mpela. You are turning your relatives(Zimbos) into mere beggars…. what a shame. Maybe for political posturing you might defend NGOs but a sane professional knows better. This is not about comparisons in order to justify your eccentric mentality – NGOs are mere pests that need pesticides to eliminate. Oppressed?. Usuhlanya , ndoda.

          • Royal Mthwakazi

            We all know that for you, everything that comes from the mouth of that 93 year old is golden. You have never been an independent thinker. No surprises here, because you are a legend, when it comes to being robotic. No need to debate this issue at length with you; because we will never get anywhere – you little God on mother earth has already pronounced on this; therefore you will tore the line. Case closed!!

    • dwala

      Zim is far much better than the countries you have mentioned in terms of good governance . sanctions are the ones affecting some of our activities otherwise we get marks for most of our activities

      • Zuze

        You’ve been in this situation for so long that you lost all sense of what good Governance is. If you are content with being the best of the worst that’s your problem. Your jargon about Sanctions does not wash. It is bad Governance that puts us in this position. If you are one of those that is on the gravy train understandable. You won’t see further than your nose. On the other hand if you are one of the jobless hungry masses and then your eyes will be open.

      • kunzima

        South Sudan has the Mundari tribe where adult man can go about naked and hunt elephants in large numbers

    • Antitraitor

      You are writing to those who do not know the political position of Zimbabwe, Africa and the activities of the same NGOs. You can win with your argument on those weak African minds and not the many great thinkers which the Zimbabwean education system is pumping out.

  • Zarura Zimbabgwe

    Unlike zimpapers other media houses will have audiovisual

    • Lizard kaHungwe

      But he spoke the truth, we have not been allowed to develop along our own lines

      • Zuze

        You don’t need permission to develop. You need sound policies and honest Politicians.

        • Lizard kaHungwe

          Sir , you missed the point , when we were colonized, the Settler forced us to develop along their own dictates,developing along parallel lines just like in other Peoples of the World , eg Chinese. We had our own scientific ways of development, our own way of government, agriculture and many more , I bet you are a White Soul wrapped in a Blackskin who thinks anything not” White” is bad

          • Zuze

            Your profile of me could not be more off. Contrary to what you think is my belief it is actually that the black man was held back by the white-man and when a Black man took over he went all out to loot from other black people for his own personal gain. Can you maybe tell me what is our “our own scientific ways of development, our own way of government, agriculture” other than holding a begging bowl to other Nations. It is not my way. Neither what the majority of peoples way. If “our own scientific ways of development, our own way of government, agriculture” was a reality why are we sinking into oblivion. I am black like you with a black skin and brain but you have a Zanu brain that’s all that is different. The white thing does not come into it.

          • Doctor Do little

            Interesting summation. For some it has become the norm that when you oppose you are automatically a Slave or a White Soul wrapped in a Black skin. Always the blame game. Never except responsibility for you own short comings. A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them. Nope this is not the case with some people. 36 years down the road they are still playing the blame game.

          • Mixed Race

            To add to your wise comment-they blame the whites for the missing 15 billion dollars which disappeared just a few years.They are busy asking the foreign embassies who are here to help with only $200 millions for the floods. Why not ask the AU member states to contribute to this fund ?

          • Doctor Do little

            Spot on my friend. Is it not embarrassing for them to see the story attached?

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7-7BT33PnY

          • Mixed Race

            This is the story our brainwashed journalists should be writing about not highlighting trivial activities happening at the conference.Very sad and touching indeed.

          • Exy

            You have nailed it.Zanu mind…when ever you tell them that let Zimparks manage what they should and let mai Mugabe stay out of Zimparks lands,these bootlickers quickly jump in to point on Britons and Americans or Sanctions, ZANU mind so so myopic… or they deliberately label us British puppets as a way to scupper and Silence dissenting voices..but who cares anyway.Learn to take responsibility of your own actions guys.I can tell you in some progressive nations for example SA,investigations wld have been instituted to determine if other citizens right were not violated here.Maybe we may as well need a public protector

          • Zuze

            Xamu (Lizard)kaHungwe KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

          • Royal Mthwakazi

            You were forced? Then it means there is something seriously wrong with you as a people; not with those who invaded you and forced you to do things their way.

            This is mother earth, not heaven; its not for sissies or cry babies; its a dog eat dog world. Going for each other’s resources will never stop, no matter how much you shout at world forums. The world and people are not equally endowed. Thats just natural.

            You can stand on your head, shout and be angry as much as you like – no one listens; at least not until you start doing things for yourselves as a race and a continent that makes the world sit up; like the Chinese have done. Its in the nature of mankind!

      • Zarura Zimbabgwe

        How? There are no policies, except for slogans?

  • Buffalojump

    Another example of why people don’t want to invest in Zimbabwe. It’s unpredictable and investors are sure to get burned.

    Many countries in Africa are going to progress and provide a better life for the people. That’s because they welcome investment from all countries and provide certainty.

    But Zimbabwe is special democracy where the leaders ensure a dynasty of royal wealth .

    • MakhosiXamu

      You are too Brishity to notice the difference. Zim. needs genuine investors and dose not need colonialist who come here to manipulate the locals and return them to slavery.

  • God of War

    They just wanted to see him make a fool of himself as usual.

    • MakhosiXamu

      Eccentric deductions. Your opinion is typical of a slave. How can sane people jostle to see a fool.

      • Jokonia

        Kana benzi rikanzi rir kupfuura neparoad yekumba kwenyu hamubudi muchiriona here kkk

        • MakhosiXamu

          I don’t do that man. There is nothing special about that form of sickness.

      • Zuze

        People would Jostle to see Chinos. KKKKKKKKK

        • MakhosiXamu

          Is Chinos not human?. What qualities of being human are missing from?. I don’t see anything unusual. here.

          • Zuze

            Is the word fool not used to describe a foolish human being? You are contradicting yourself.

          • MakhosiXamu

            …so Chinos is foolish?. Who said you are better than Chinos. Some brains madoda .. you wonder whether they are noraml

          • Zuze

            You don’t know me as I am not a public figure but I might surprise you. I know Chinos because he is a public figure. Just to add a Public fool.

          • Zuze

            Letter from Chinos to Bill Gates

            Dear Sir,

            I have some question to ask you.

            Numba Won: The keyboard alphabets are not in order, when will you launch the correct version?

            Numba too: There is a Start button but no Stop button where is it?

            Numba thiri: I have already learned Microsoft Word, when will you launch Microsoft Sentence?

            Numba For: There is a recycle bin but..There is noone who comes to collect the bin.

            And finally eh personal question; Why is your name Gates when you sell Windows

            From Joseph Sea.

            kkkkkkkk

          • MakhosiXamu

            This is one of your sick , jokes that can excite inswelaboyi ezinje ngawe.

          • Zuze

            I am glad you like it Xamu. I can’t take the credit for this fine joke KKKKKKK

          • Essexvale

            Naughty boy !! I saw this somewhere before and that’s called plagiary ….. but hey; you’ve made my day1

      • God of War

        What rock have you been living under wena xamu, Mugabe is a fool and people want to be the first to see and hear him when he is being foolish.

      • Sigamba

        Today you’ve adopted your version of intellectual mode. Trouble is that nothing about your contribution looks even a little like anything intellectual

  • The Zagul

    Ofcos.It is fascinating to see how Zombie speaks

  • Olebogeng Ipeleng

    They got their land and other resources back as Zimbs…so why can’t they utalize that land productively?.. Issue licences to potential businessmen to open mines and trade globally..than leaving their country and cause overcrowd in other people’s countries…

  • used condom

    Tendai seems to be in bed with him/herself there, a case of masturbation, writing news to please yourself and maybe get the attention of somebody and get closer to the feeding trough.

  • Zuze

    You don’t know what you talking about. It is top Government officials that we see moving around in fancy cars and living in posh houses. Maybe those that run NGO’s could be as you say but a least they donate to suffering people. Ours will not give a cent or a sack of maize meal unless it is one looted from an NGO. Why would Africans accept food hand outs and rotting clothes other than for the fact that most have no food and would walk around naked if the did not except the cloths. And who’s doing was all this? African leaders who drive around in fancy Western Cars wearing Fancy Western suits and eating fancy Western foods. You are obviously a Zanu echo if you cannot see what is going on around you. Unfortunately people like you have their blinkers securely bolted by Zanu screws so all some of us can do is to oppose you. Maybe my brains were rinsed by sulphuric acid after I saw all the promises that we were told about were a mere illusion, but know this what went into those brains when they were cleaned is sense of purpose and mental freedom which is more than I can say for you. When they rinsed your brains with Javel because they had you in their grasp they filled the with a whole lot of cows dung (Bull/s). Maybe in the future we will rinse yours with acid too so that you can finally see the truth.

    • MakhosiXamu

      That is your perception and that can’t be regarded as the truth. The truth is not aligned to one person nor is it a preserve of the like minded. NGOs belong to the dogs and should roaming the forest scavenging for food. Those peanuts which they throw around is not helpful to Africans. You are running around shouting , screaming, wailing all in the defence of the Pink thugs of Europe who created these crazy idiots called NGOs. All the NGOs I know local or foreign live luxurious lives- that is a fact. Supporting or not supporting ZnPf is not issue. All Zimbos have a right to oppose or support – there is nothing wrong as per the law. The rest of your comment is mere hogwash talk.

      • Volcanic Eruption

        Wena you are sick. These are the same people supporting your poor relatives, may be even your own parents. I do not see any relevant point you are making but just excuses and insults in all these comments and many more that you write. These are same people helping out on your rural folks, l do not think that everybody in your family is rich. There must be some jacks there as well who relay on these people. Inhlamba, l wonder how you were raised. Pathetic.

        • MakhosiXamu

          My relatives getting support from NGOs ? You must be mad , ndoda. Sorry if that is an insult. If ever they are genuine – does Europe /USA have rich people ?. If the answer is yes. What are they looking for in Africa. The bad part of these NGOs- they have created lame ducks , people who can’t work but depend in food hand outs as if they are crippled.

          • Zuze

            Well now we know. You are on the band wagon and your relatives get hand outs from the Taxpayers money. So you are part of the inner circle. That is why you sing so loud.

      • Zuze

        Are you denying that those that I spoke about are riding fancy Western Cars and wearing fancy Western cloths whilst the rest of us but cheap Chinese MUCK wena Lama? Also which PING THUGS are you talking about? The only thugs that I know in my world are BLACK THUGS that commit Thuggery on other blacks. Are you one of those thugs? If you are not then you are a mouthpiece for those thugs.

  • Essexvale

    Sounds as though this story was posted by the likes of ZBC’s Judith Makwanya or Rrrruben Barrrrwe. African icon indeed !! Since when does brutal dictatorship qualify one as an icon?

  • Dumi

    ZUZE IS BACK !!!!!!

  • Essexvale

    Where’s this guy called Blara zonke? Is he still in the land of the living? I think he once claimed to have emigrated to SA. I miss his sometime hilarious contributions on this platform.

  • Fed up

    Mugabe is a shameless.hes running all over the world shooting off his mouth.the man who has denied a lot of people a right to live.

  • Royal Mthwakazi

    Any thinking person would be curious to see a 93 year old, who still calls himself a President of a country in this day and age. I mean; its not normal!!

  • Royal Mthwakazi

    If that is the case, why is your ZANU PF begging the IMF and the World Bank for loans? Why dont they approach their Chinese friends, the non Europeans?

    Read Maridadi’s contribution in Parliament on your Chinese friends; then you will see how stupid you people are in this day and age!!

  • Julie

    Kodwa phela abantu bengenzwa ukuthi kulohlanya phandle bayagijima bayebona ukuthi lwenzani njalo luthini. It’s human nature.

  • sdiow

    This old man just lives shifting the blame on others period
    There is no one that is flying and wasting money like him and his first family and those around him