PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe again vented his frustration at Western countries for refusing to accept his victory in the July 31 vote at the weekend and dismissed critics of his re-election as "unprincipled and dishonest".
Mugabe was elected for another five-year term with a landslide majority but his rivals rejected the vote as fraudulent although observers from the African Union and the regional SADC groping endorsed the vote.
Western countries, which maintain sanctions against the country, had indicated they would go by the verdict of the AU and SADC after being barred from observing the vote by Mugabe, but they have backed opposition claims that the election was not credible.
Speaking during an army shooting competition at Cleveland Range in Harare on Sunday, the veteran leader said: "The electoral process and the election outcome have been endorsed by SADC, Comesa, the African Union and observer missions from Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.
"(But) it is abundantly clear that the imperialists will not accept an election in which we emerge victorious. The Anglo-Saxon world has failed to live up to their promise that they would respect the findings of the Sadc and AU election observers.
"This shows how unprincipled our detractors can be, when they fail to even abide by the positions they themselves will have publicly promised to take. I am, however, proud that we, as Zimbabweans, know their wayward thinking, which we have learnt to live with for close to a decade-and-a-half now."
Mugabe said the West 's refusal to accept his re-election proved his oft-repeated claim that Britain was still keen to recolonize the country.
"Despite the fact that these elections were peaceful, free, fair and credible, we have witnessed a concerted effort by the Anglo-Saxon world, led by Britain and the United States, to discredit them," he said.
"This should serve as a reminder that the enemy we engaged yesteryear as we fought for our independence and economic self-determination continues to pursue illegal regime change against our country.
Mugabe and his Zanu PF party want sanctions imposed about a decade ago by the West over allegations of rights abuses and electoral fraud removed, blaming them for the country's economic problems.
The European Union (EU) had suspended its sanctions in the lead-up to the elections, offering to completely remove them on condition the country organises "free and fair" elections.
But after expressing reservations over vote, the 28-nation group is now unlikely to lift the measures while the US has already ruled out a review in the immediate term.
New finance minister, Patrick Chinamasa has however, said the government would increase ties with friendly countries like China to develop the country's struggling economy. "Because the doors have been closed by those who used to be our traditional partners, we have to intensify new economic relationships and friendships. That means every country that is friendly to Zimbabwe, including China," Chinamasa said after his appointment last week.