Mugabe attacks Tsvangirai, EU


President Robert Mugabe on Thursday attacked Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party and the European Union, saying they were in league to bring back the country’s former colonisers through the back door.

The President stressed he would not cede power to anyone without war credentials.

In apparent reference to Tsvangirai, he said: “Others ran away from the war without even going out of the country. Some of those who fled we have them and they are now proud today saying they want to rule this country but they escaped.”

President Mugabe was addressing mourners at the burial of the late deputy director-general of the Central Intelligence Organisation, Menard Muzariri, at the National Heroes’ Acre on Thursday.

“Those who fled the war are those who run to our enemies to invite sanctions. We forgive yes, but if you are forgiven do not repeat the same thing. You were forgiven yesterday but we won’t forgive you again,” he warned.

President Mugabe said he was surprised that Western countries had the audacity to debate issues on Zimbabwe in their parliaments.

“You find them debating in their parliaments the situation in Zimbabwe. It’s not theirs, we live in peace here and we don’t worry about the happenings in their countries. It’s only news to us but we never sit down as Zimbabwe, as Sadc or the African Union, and debate on their countries, we don’t debate how they run their countries,” Mugabe said.

Referring to sanctions, President Mugabe said: “We shall unite to fight these sanctions. We must demonstrate that we are ready to sacrifice our lives and defend our country.”

President Mugabe also attacked legalised homosexuality in Europe saying: “About the unnatural things happening there, where they turn man-to-man and woman-to-woman, we say, well, it’s their country. If they want to call their country British Gaydom, it’s up to them. That’s not our culture. We condemn that filth.”

Meanwhile, Tsvangirai and his party members continued with their boycott of the national shrine.