West threatens Zim’s peace, says Minister

Dr Sydney Sekeramayi

Dr Sydney Sekeramayi

Tendai Mugabe, Harare Bureau
Zimbabwe is a stable country but its peace is being threatened by a sustained regime change agenda sponsored by the West that seeks to counter the successful land reform programme initiated by the Government at the turn of the millennium, Defence Minister Dr Sidney Sekeramayi has said.

He said this yesterday while addressing military officers attending Joint Command and Staff Course Number 30 in Harare on Zimbabwe’s defence policy.

“The major threat to Zimbabwe’s peaceful existence is the Western sponsored regime change agenda that has been strengthened by their opposition to our land reform programme which forms an integral feature of the Government’s policy and is in line with the ethos of the liberation struggle,” he said.

“The basic inspiration that we must regain is control over our God-given land both in terms of governance and also in terms of the use of the resources.

This has, obviously as we all know, led to an unrelenting attack on us by the West.

“The objective of the regime change agenda orchestrated by the West, led by the United Kingdom and the USA, is economic destabilisation through illegal economic sanctions, psychological information  warfare, inclusive political interference, diplomatic isolation and socio-cultural intrusion.

“There is no doubt that their ultimate objective is to cause economic hardship among the population so that they result in frustration, poverty and push them into revolt against the Government. Indeed people have been pushed into revolting against their governments.”

Dr Sekeramayi applauded Zimbabweans for shunning such unconstitutional deception.

He said the country’s economic blueprint — Zim-Asset — was aimed at transforming and empowering ordinary citizens economically.

“Zim-Asset was crafted for the purpose of guiding Government ministries and Zimbabweans in achieving sustainable development and social equity through indigenisation, empowerment, and that employment creation can be propelled by judicious exploitation of the country’s resources,” he said.

He outlined the four clusters under Zim-Asset saying they were the machinery that would enable the country to achieve economic growth.

Dr Sekeramayi said Zimbabwe pursued a non-aggressive and non-hostile defence policy.

As such, he said the country would not interfere in the affairs of other countries.

“Zimbabwe’s defence policy prioritises the country’s domestic stability and prevention of external aggression,” he said.

Zimbabwe always exhausted cardinal diplomatic principles of handling disputes with other countries and that had seen the country enjoying peace for the past 37 years.

“The country’s defence policy resonates with the country’s Look East policy which has enabled Zimbabwe Defence Forces to establish cordial relations with many armed forces with friendly countries in Asia and the Far East and has derived innumerable benefits from such relations. Zimbabwe subscribes to treaties, conventions and actions aimed at arms control.”

He said Zimbabwe does not aspire to develop any weapon of mass destruction, adding that the country had also participated in many peace-keeping missions across the globe.

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  • Buffalojump

    Zimbabwe doesn’t register very high on the geopolitical map. Zimbabwe is rated one of the worst nations for transparency and corruption in Africa and the world.

    To say the west is concerned is self congratulatory because Zimbabwe is a failed economic state and not on the radar. The west will work with those who want to work with them and be cooperative.

    If Zimbabwe is a success then why are so many requiring food aide, why does the government rely so heavily on Diaspora foreign money.

    The above is fake and only rhetoric and all of this is irrelevant if what we read about Zimbabwe is accurate. It’s a country of peace with no political conflict where people of different views are welcome. Where government policy has actually created wealth and opportunities for the masses, where the political leaders are proud of infrastructure progress, education levels, receive quality health care where travelling to other countries isn’t required etc.

  • Cetshwayo

    Uyahumana straight lomuntu kaBob

  • scombination

    People are quick to forget the crimes of fake Pan-Africanists the moment they spew anti-West and pro-African rhetoric. It also makes some analysts and scholars feel learned that they can argue out the positive influence of known despots to Africa in long, tiresome essays. The remainder of supporters who rally behind these regimes have benefited from the tyrants or have been whipped into line and conditioned to not simply endure but also enjoy their suffering under totalitarian governments. That the West does not always have African interests at heart should not mean anyone who opposes neo-colonialism is good for Africa. It does not follow that every dictator who speaks against Western machinations is baptised by those words and is all of a sudden forgiven for violation of human rights. That has been the inherent flaw in the Pan-Africanism discussion; the perpetrators of killings and enforced disappearances in thwarting dissent, the looting and destruction of economies are branded champions of African progress. The whole truth, however, is that dictators are no friends of Africa just as neo-colonialists are no allies of the continent. Do not be fooled by empty speeches against America and her friends on the United Nations stage, ruthless African dictators are not Pan-Africanists.

  • xi

    instead the east has dangerous persons whom we ignore, for example in China they have space problems but they have a strongest army , what if they decided to colonize us, who will come to our rescue

  • hlengwej

    Mphoko is a threat to Zimbabwe`s peace because he says irresponsible things in public. He attacks his colleague VP, he accuses people of Gukurahundi that he participated in and supported when he was a CIO boss on ZANUPF side. By accusing other people he is actually accusing Mugabe of it but he says he is clean. Mphoko should be careful about this because people died and government is not denying it but if blown out of context it causes tribal acrimony. Jonathan Moyo stole money for students in universities and colleges, he blames it on Gukurahundi and tribalism. He is protected by Mphoko and Mugabe because he is friends with mugabe`s wife. There is a diesel thief who is a member of Parliament for Harare East Terrence Mukupe, who did not pay customs duty to the tune of US55000 or more, he built his business on theft, now he is caught he says Munagagwa targets G40 to replace Mugabe. Minister Undenge was caught having stolen US30 000 and US500000 stolen from ZESA-Zimbabwe power company creating fake power stations-he is still not arrested because he stole the money with Grace Mugabe and Chivayo he who had a dining trip with Grace Mugabe in Dubai, G40 protected by Mphoko and Mugabe. Now Grace Mugabe got diamonds, she grabs houses of a Middle East businessman who refused to pay for the diamonds-does she have a diamond mine-where did the diamonds come from? Kasuwkuwere minister stole tractors for new farmers and he grabbed many stands from poor war veterans in Harare he is not arrested because he is friends with Jonathan Moyo and Grace Mugabe, G40. This is the threat to national peace and security it causes public anger, hopelessness and meaninglessness in the people-how can the president`s wife be so unrespectful to war veterans who put her husband in the position of president even though he was not a fighter himself and still take away land earmarked for war veterans to built just small houses on very small stands and yet Kasukuwere is building a palace with more than 50 rooms on a mountain in Harare -no war history, no education -just because he is a G40, if he is caught he frightens Mugabe to panic that he is accused by people who want Mugabe dead or removed from power-regime change.

  • nico

    may be we are being haunted by the spirit of nyathi we heard at lancaster house it was said he should not be killed but the elders killed him

  • Lux

    What a bunch of paranoid dodos!!