27 September 2013

Zimbabwe: Mugabe Attacks West, Prompts Walk-Out From U.S Delegates

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President Robert Mugabe addressing the UN General Assembly.

President Robert Mugabe once again hit out at the West on Thursday for their imposition of 'illegal and filthy' sanctions, during his address to the United Nations in New York.

But 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.

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was famous for this and his speeches at the UN largely saw delegates from the US, UK and most European countries walk out in disgust.

The ZANU PF leader condemned the continuation of targeted sanctions against Zimbabwe and called it a violation of the UN Charter. He accused those imposing the sanctions of "covetous bigotry" and a "hunger for domination".

"Shame, shame, shame to the United States of America. Shame, shame, shame to Britain and its allies," Mugabe ranted.

Political commentator Bekithemba Mhlanga told SW Radio Africa that while these attacks on the West would portray him as a 'tough pan Africanist' fighting the 'evil imperialists', the same strategy is having a negative impact on Zimbabwe.

"If you ask a Zimbabwean man on the ground if it is getting the country anywhere, he will tell you that look the suffering we have experienced in the last 13 years has arisen directly from this kind of confrontational attitude," Mhlanga said.

He added that Mugabe has lost the aura of a great orator and invincibility that helped him dominate his African rivals, emboldening an emerging crop of young presidents to shine on the world stage.

"Mugabe speeches at the UN have since lost the element of surprise. His speeches have now lost the element of shock and awe. He has become so predictable that it becomes very difficult for anyone to take him serious," Mhlanga explained.

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