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blasts ZCTU leaders
Musengeyi, The Herald (Zimbabwe)
September 25, 2006
right in dealing sternly with Zimbabwe
Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) leaders during their demonstration
last week because the trade unionists want to become a law unto
themselves, President Mugabe has said.
said the ZCTU leaders ó who were beaten up by police for holding
an illegal gathering in Harare ó got the treatment they deserved
for ignoring warnings to disperse.
"We cannot have
a situation where people decide to sit in places not allowed and
when the police remove them, they say no. We canít have that, that
is a revolt to the system. Vamwe vaakuchema kuti takarohwa, ehe
unodashurwa. When the police say move, move. If you donít move,
you invite the police to use force," the President said.
He made the
remarks on Saturday night while addressing staff at the Zimbabwe
Embassy here at a dinner hosted by Ambassador Cde Aaron Maboyi-Ncube.
Cde Mugabe said
the labour leaders were playing to the gallery to get attention
in their desperate attempts to effect regime change in similar fashion
to the ouster of the now late former Yugoslavian president Mr Slobodan
He said they
invited journalists, "the stupid ones who always write stupid things",
and some non-governmental organisations to dramatise their act,
probably in a bid to get "a Bush or a Blair" to intervene.
But the President
warned Zimbabwe would not allow interference in its domestic affairs.
tione. Let them (United States President George W. Bush and British
Prime Minister Tony Blair) come. I donít know what they (labour
leaders) want to achieve. They want to attract attention. Yes, people
will read about it, (but) itís nonsensical, itís stupid."
type of uprising would not work because "Zimbabwe is Zimbabwe, it
has a history of a revolutionary struggle", Cde Mugabe said.
He said Zimbabweans
knew their enemy and were, by and large, highly politically conscious
to be cheated by puppet groups.
said the abortive ZCTU protest ó which had the backing of the Morgan
Tsvangirai-led MDC faction ó was disastrous for the organisers because
only pockets of people attempted to participate by gathering in
He told guests
at the dinner that the political state of affairs in Zimbabwe was
stable with Zanu-PF on top of the situation as exhibited by its
recent garnering of 400 council wards unopposed.
"We are in a
very strong position because the other parties have lost confidence
in themselves and they are desperate. They know the people donít
like them by and large."
said the opposition still had a lot of work to do to win the confidence
Cde Mugabe also
spoke of the economic situation at home, touching on agriculture,
mining, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors.
He said the
Government was working to provide inputs in time for the forthcoming
farming season and drafting a law to ensure Zimbabweans held controlling
stakes in the mining sector, particularly where gold, platinum and
diamonds were involved.
A fund had been
established with the assistance of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe
to provide capital to resuscitate collapsed manufacturing companies
while efforts were also underway to construct roads and other crucial
infrastructure, the President said.
He said the
Government would not tolerate those bent on frustrating efforts
to turn around the economy by unjustifiably increasing prices of
their products. Recently, directors of some companies were arrested
for illegally increasing the prices of their products.
Cde Mugabe said
the Government was holding back the prices of fuel and power and
would maintain subsidies on wheat even though it had increased the
producer price, to ensure bread was affordable.
said some companies were working with hostile forces to undermine
the economic turnaround programme to aid the British in their quest
to see a collapse of the Zimbabwean economy.
of the Zimbabwean currency was not an end in itself as more reforms
were on the way, probably in the first quarter of next year; or
if the RBZ saw it fit to implement the measures earlier, they would
be consulting with the Government and the Minister of Finance, Cde
He said financial
problems at Zimbabweís missions were being addressed by central
bank governor Dr Gideon Gono and senior Foreign Affairs officials.
said President Mugabe was highly regarded in Egypt where people
equate him to the late Egyptian statesman Gamal Abdel Nasser who
embarked on significant land and social reform after assuming power
in 1952. By doing so, he earned himself the admiration and gratitude
of his people, but the Westís anger and sanctions and a British
and French-aided Israeli invasion in 1956 to topple him which failed
as he ruled for 18 more years until his death from natural causes.
Cde Mugabe said
Zimbabwe and Egypt enjoyed good relations born during the liberation
struggle when Cairo provided arms and training to Zimbabwean cadres.
He briefed the
embassy staff on the G15 and Non-Aligned Movement summits he attended
in Cuba, and the United Nations General Assembly in New York, which
he said besides the usual addresses saw some leaders go for drama
in their speeches, with the best coming from the President of Venezuela
Mr Hugo Chavez, who called Mr Bush a devil.
delegation made a stopover in Cairo from the United Nations in New
York to catch a connecting Air Zimbabwe flight to Harare.
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