President bemoans Libya decision

President Mugabe

President Mugabe

Lovemore Ranga Mataire in Victoria Falls—
President Mugabe has described as disgraceful and shameful the decision by the African contingent in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to vote in support of NATO’s “No-Fly Zone” resolution that led to the eventual invasion of Libya and the killing of President Muammar Gadaffi. Officially opening the 67th World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa Summit at Elephant Hills, Victoria Falls, President Mugabe said it was worrisome that some countries had the temerity to attack, with impunity, less powerful countries, while the world did nothing.

“The weakness of our world system is that when innocent countries are attacked we fold our hands,” he said. “I am saying this off the cuff because it worries me. Where are we going? Where is the world going?

President Mugabe was referring to the March 17, 2011 UNSC Resolution 1973, which authorised the imposition of a no-fly zone on Libya in response to that country’s civil war.

The UNSC had initially failed to garner the necessary two-thirds majority, but African countries were later cajoled to vote in favour of the resolution.

South Africa, Nigeria and Gabon were among the non-permanent members who voted in support of the resolution.

“Yes, the matter came to (UN) Security Council,” said President Mugabe. “The whites said, yes, he must be attacked, and China and Russia said no in the Security Council. The matter could not have proceeded any further because of the necessary two-thirds majority, with Russia and China abstaining.

“Then it came to us the poor Africans. The poor Africans, sometimes not thinking well about the consequences of those attacks. So, what did we have? Quite disgraceful and shameful thing.”

African countries, including Zimbabwe, President Mugabe said, pleaded with China and Russia to exercise their veto, but the two said the best they could do was to abstain in light of the three African members and the Arab contingent’s support of nato.

Gadaffi was killed by the same powers that destroyed Iraq and killed its President Sadam Hussein, President Mugabe said.

President Mugabe said he had no respect for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who acted like an American lapdog by supporting the decision to attack Hussein without evidence that weapons of mass destruction existed.

He said Saddam had achieved some modicum of peace in his country after managing to unite the Suni and Shia muslim groups.

President Mugabe lamented the lack of humanitarianism, which he said was the cornerstone and essence of most religions like Catholicism.

“We thought Mali was safe, but no! We thought Nigeria, with that great and grand status they have given to themselves, will not have murderous organisations, but we were shocked when over 200 school children just disappeared and nobody knows where they are,” he said.

It was shocking, he said, that Nigeria with its vast army could fail to locate the missing girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents.

President Mugabe urged WHO’s new director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who is Ethiopian, to represent Africa well.

He urged him to play his part as an African in ensuring the improvement of health delivery systems on the continent.

The 67th WHO Regional Committee for Africa Summit will run until Friday, and there are 47 member States in the region.

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  • deee

    When the world seems not to learn from the past and innocent people are killed because of rush decisions, it is not dementia, it wise advice. Look at the situation that is brewing now in North Korea, same thing, but if it goes out of hand, there will be no tomorrow to talk about. So learn from history, that what the president is saying here.

    • Grace Jones

      Past mistakes that forget yesterday’s blunder by Grace? He goes to blast South Africa that exonerated his wife at the expense of domestic upheaval? Just yesterday

  • deee

    It not stuck in the past, it is called learning from the past.

  • Zvekuhondo Zvinodazvivindi

    Well said Mr President. I like the courage exhibited by Baba Bona ,Gushungo—the truth as it is. The icon of Africa one and only one, who stood up for African values. Africa for Africans and America for Americans.

  • Pastor Farie

    Libya wasnt a victim of African passiveness, It was a victim of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. He was the Chairman of AU and he could not voice his concern or at least lead the AU into protecting its own. The values of a nation are reflected in the leadership qualities and decisions of its leaders. It was a leadership failure and all Heads of state are to blame with Equatorial Guinea (Chaiman of AU in 2011 and all time ally of Zimbabwe) at the forefront.

    It was also a failure of African Islam.

  • RejectedStone, Cornerstone

    President Mugabe, if you were as strategic to western interests as you think you are, they would have swept you away long long back, in the same manner they did to Quadafi. Yes, you bring up an issue which we all know is glaring evidence of western hypocracy. We know that.
    BUT, that doesn’t make your case better! Check what is on your backyard before playing the big man on world stages.

  • Elisha Nathan

    I think you are a bit brain washed how many people are being beaten in other countries through out the whole world, even families fight what about neighbouring countries. Let us share the truth and help ourselves African people. The President is right to encourage us Africans to look back and see the mess we are in, in Libya because of those so called democratic, imperialistic foolish colonisers who are only blood suckers. We should continue to guard our humanity as Africans in order to fend away those sheep in wolves skins that come masquerading as holy brothers while their aim is to suck Africans their blood.