‘Voters spoke, remove your sanctions’

President Mugabe address the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York last night.

President Mugabe address the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York last night.

Tendai Mugabe at the UNITED NATIONS, New York
SANCTIONS as a tool to abet regime change in Zimbabwe have dismally failed as shown by Zanu-PF’s resounding victory in the harmonised elections and Westerners should immediately remove their ruinous punitive embargoes, President Mugabe has said.
Addressing the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly here yesterday, the President rapped Britain and the United States for advocating relative democracy by refusing to accept the widely hailed harmonised elections.

President Mugabe trounced MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai with 61,09 percent of the presidential vote to 33,94 with the other three presidential aspirants sharing the remaining 4,97 percent; with Zanu-PF clinching 160 seats out of the 210 National Assembly constituencies to get a crushing 76 percent dominance.

After factoring in 60 women’s quota seats elected by proportional representation of six for each of the country’s 10 provinces, the final composition of the 270 member National Assembly comes to 197 seats for Zanu-PF, 70 for MDC-T, two for MDC, and one independent giving Zanu-PF just under 73 percent of the total seats in the National Assembly, but well over the two thirds majority of 180 seats.

“If these sanctions were imposed to effect illegal regime change, well, the results of the recent national elections have clearly shown what they can do,” President Mugabe said.

“Moreover, these illegal sanctions continue to inflict economic deprivation and human suffering on all Zimbabweans.
“In the eyes of our people, the sanctions constitute a form of hostility and violence against them for the simple crime of undertaking the land reform programme by which land was put in the hands of the majority landless Zimbabweans.”

The decade-long sanctions regime, he said, violated provisions of the UN Charter on State sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of sovereign States.

President Mugabe rapped Western powers for their habitual and abhorrent intimidation of Zimbabwe in a bid to control its resources.
“Our small and peaceful country is threatened daily by covetous and bigoted big powers whose hunger for domination of other nations and their resources has no bounds,” he said.

“Shame, shame, shame to the United States of America. Shame, shame, shame to Britain and its allies. Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans, so are its resources. Please remove your illegal and filthy sanctions on my country.”

President Mugabe denounced the Western countries for their hypocritical tendencies of preaching democracy they never practice in their backyards.

Zimbabwe, he said, refused to be lectured on democracy and freedom by such duplicitous countries.
“We are preached to daily by the West on the virtues of democracy and freedom they do not totally espouse,” he said.
“Zimbabwe took up arms to precisely achieve our freedom and democracy. Yet we have been punished by the United States through the odious Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act enacted in 2001 to effect regime change in the country.

“Zimbabwe, however, refuses that these Western detractors define democracy and freedom. We paid the ultimate price for it and we shall never relinquish our sovereignty! As we have repeatedly asserted, Zimbabwe will never be a colony again.”

President Mugabe said the US was now pursuing its spiteful persecution of Zimbabweans by rejecting the results of the harmonised elections where the western-sponsored MDC-T slumped to its worst defeat since its launch 14 years ago.

He said this was despite the overwhelming endorsement of the polls by the African Union and other regional bodies that certified the elections free, peaceful, fair, credible and a reflection of the will of Zimbabweans.

President Mugabe said Zimbabwe remained committed to the common African position known as the Ezulwini Consensus which demands the continent to have a permanent representation in the Security Council and fair representation in the non-permanent membership category.

He said Zimbabwe supported efforts to revitalise the UN General Assembly, the biggest and most representative organ of the UN.
In this regard, President Mugabe said, the General Assembly should take a lead in setting the global agenda and restore its primacy that had been encroached by other organs over the years.

“We cannot accept a situation whereby the UN Security Council is increasingly encroaching on issues that traditionally fall within the General Assembly’s purview and competence, including in the area of norm setting,” he said.

“Indeed, recent events have revealed that its formal decisions have provided camouflage to neo-imperialist forces of aggression seeking to militarily intervene in smaller countries in order to effect regime change and acquire complete control of their wealth.”

President Mugabe said such a scenario happened in Libya where NATO forces were deployed on false pretext of protecting civilians in order to eliminate Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

“A similar campaign had been undertaken in Iraq by Bush and Blair forces in the false name of eradicating weapons of mass destruction which Saddam Hussein never possessed,” said the President.

He hailed efforts by the UN General Assembly in promoting multilateralism instead of unilateralism.
President Mugabe said Zimbabwe appreciated the consultations and negotiations on the eventual destruction of the chemical weapons in Syria.

He expressed gratitude to the role played by Russia and China in blocking the war mongering US from unilaterally bombing Syria without verifiable evidence that Bashar al-Assad was indeed responsible for the use of chemical weapons.

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  • francis chiwanza

    my president is the best there is…thank u so much

    • Wazviona

      The President is spending almost 10 days in New York; if he hates them so much what is he doing all those days in the land of the imperialist? Why not spend time in your beloved Zimbabwe?
      Charity begins at home Mr President; respect the wishes of your own people and be accountable and transparent before lecturing others. We all know this election was manipulated in your favour and in all fairness you dont have the mandate of the country to stand on that platform and say what you are saying.

      • Ruwa

        He is entitled to attend the UN assembly to hear about future developments etc.

  • Mimi

    President Mugabe has been spot on, telling it as it is. The US and Britain and its allies are war mongers and now we all know it. In Libya they did the same, in the former Yugoslavia they did the same, in Iraq they did the same and they continue to try to want to do it in Syria. The Iranian President echoed the same sentiments when he asked on why the US, Britain and its allies do not ask their ally Israel to denounce chemicals weapons. And you guessed it, we have no answers to these questions. SHAME ON THE US AND BRITAIN indeed but well they should just know that times are changing, this is the 21st century and we now know them for the chameleons they truly are. Their imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe will only strengthen our resolve to fight on. Bhora mberi and even our own children will fight the evil imperialists to the bitter end.

    • YOWE78

      super!!!!!!

    • grecko

      He will always be spot on in speeches and I love that too. But I wish he would be spot on in doing the right things to our economy and Zimbabwe. Let him make noise and crush corruption and make sure his cabinet does not use sanctions as an excuse but be innovative in the face of corruption. That will make him a true hero

    • Chokwadi

      Resolve to fight what Mimi? Oh yes your imaginary enemy.

      Your real enemy is staring you in the face

  • Eddie Chihava

    TELL THEM MR PRESIDENT!!there is a lot of sweat and blood,that was spilled for Zimbabwe.We dont need sugar licking perverts to run Zimbabwe.!

    • anon

      Well that’s what you have got

      • Eddie Chihava

        yes,,,,u mean TSVANGIRAI? We got rid of that pervert.He cant even run his own family.!!!!!

    • curiouscynic

      Sugar licking?? LOOL. Zvinonyatso revei ko?

  • Lenin Jakuvos Mahiya

    Our President has stood, let the world tremble! But dont forget to take notes from his best speech. Kana VaMugabe votaura batai manzwi….

    • Common Sense

      Sorry, the world trembled…. ? I think not

      • Ruwa

        Yes it did, the ridiculed bullies walked out towards the end of the speech. They couldn’t face the truth from our RGMugabe.

  • pfumo mafirakureva

    Vaudzei Gushungo! Nyika ndeyedu iyi! Long live Your Excellency!!

  • kudzi

    kusvika amera nyanga

  • zeno

    Asi tinowanei nemaspeech acho? I am for Zim pride and self improvements, lets just focus of developing ourselves. Sayai UK ne US alone, is toita zve economy chete.

    • Alberrt Mutasa

      Tovasiya sei vachititadzisa kuita zvatinoda? Kana usingazvioni sorry zvako. Hazvirevi kut vakabisa ma sanctions toda kutamba navo

  • Tichafa

    Thanks Mr President. but i personally am of the opinion that our worst enemies are China, Russia, AU and SADC. Surely are sanctions are in no way comparable to what Iranian Sanctions and North Korea among others but these countries are surviving. The basic reason being those who are their friends are always there for them in their greatest time of need. Iran is under economic sanctions but their oil can still find its way into US, Uk and other western countries because the Russians aid those transactions. Why are our friends not doing the same to us, they claim to be on our sides in talk and not in action. Honestly we cannot fail to sell our diamonds profitably with AU, SADC, China on our side, they should facilitate such transactions if they are true friends. These countries claim to support us, but they dine with the same people who are against US. Our biggest problem is that we do not have any real friends and alone we will struggle to the end.

  • gonga desire

    True brave african leader. Legend i might say. Shame on them sure. Long live Gushungo you are God sent.

  • Rwatida Makuwe

    So why worry about the sanctions anyway if we can stand on our own. We always rant and rave against America and Britain but what does that help? Do they change? So why worst our mental strengths on fighting a losing cause

    • Ruwa

      It’s called protesting against the evil bullies. We have to keep telling them in their homeland, in their faces so that the world would know that Zimbabwe’s economic downfall was caused by the West.

  • givenmeso

    The AFRICAN and third world VOICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • laa

    if you feel so comfortable with your election why not release the election material, voters roll and repeal posa etc etc. you dont convince me..

    • common sense

      that is not the president’s job and even mdc knows it, so try convincing yourself that….

  • Mimi

    I 2nd the motion that Gushungo munogona zvenyu. It’s a pity that these people will never listen. Apa kuchena kani Gushungo, dress to kill and tell them to leave Zimbabwe alone!!!

  • Alberrt Mutasa

    After winning an election its just fair to just tell them off. Their sanctions are harmful.

  • http://www.yepi1.info/ Yepi

    Tendai Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe have positive reforms in the economic sector of the country, he can do it

  • loonex

    Sanctions are LEGAL – this is pure propaganda.

  • studtekton

    zim can leave people alone when they leave zim alone. if democracy is real then it should be practiced at the un where so called international standards are set. elections in zim were free and fair and the President has a right to represent we Zimbabweans and to let the world know our aspirations as a people

  • SYMASTER

    when the lion of Africa speaks the rats of the west drop dead. long live your exellence, we rally behind you.GREAT RESPECT

  • succuba

    You failed to mention that – “his unsavory remarks prompted a walk out from US delegates as Mugabe joined the ranks of international cranks and tin pot dictators who continually use the opportunity to address the UN to lambast the West.”

    • Sifiso Xolile Ndlovu Zgwanyanw

      Oh lord oh lord we are in troubles, baas walked out! oh no! we are in troubles, masters walked out on us whiles we speaks ill of masters? How dares we speaks bad of masters!

  • Tara

    Concentrate on local matters Mr mugabe. Im sure people are tired of your uk/usa blame game. Bread and butter issues is what we want to hear from you; now you’ve another term, what ve you got to offer the people of Zimbabwe. Obviously the uk and America are not going to give us anything. What have you got to offer the people of Zimbabwe Mr president? Taneta nezveUK neUSA. Those economies are functioning well. Yes, keep your Zimbabwe but people need hupfu nechingwa.