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Mugabe tells ZANU PF youths to fight back
Zim Online ^ | 2005-07-18

Posted on 07/18/2005 3:47:46 PM PDT by Clive

Mugabe tells ZANU PF youths to fight back Mon 18 July 2005

MASHONALAND WEST -- President Robert Mugabe at the weekend urged youths of his ruling ZANU PF party to fight back should the opposition become violent.

Addressing about 10,000 supporters at Mwami rural business centre, about 240 km north-west of Harare, Mugabe said he could not fathom ZANU PF youths losing in a violent confrontation against their rivals from the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party.

"There is no way I can take it that some of the ZANU PF youths can be beaten by those from the opposition ... . You have to fight back, why are you so lazy (to fight)," Mugabe told the youths at the rally held to celebrate the ruling party's victory in the disputed March 31 parliamentary election.

This is not the first time that Mugabe has called on his party to use violence against the opposition.

During the violent invasion of white-owned farms by ZANU PF militants and self-styled veterans of Zimbabwe's 1970s independence war, Mugabe ignored court orders to arrest the illegal farm invaders and instead publicly encouraged the invasions saying they were genuine demonstrations of land hunger.

At least seven white farmers were murdered during the farm invasions and several hundreds of their black workers beaten up by the war veterans and ruling party supporters.

Church and human rights groups have in the past also accused ZANU PF youth militias of hunting down perceived MDC supporters in remote rural areas such as Mwami and raping, torturing and murdering them. ZANU PF denies the charges and says it does not encourage violence by its youths or members.

Mugabe also told the villagers, most of them facing starvation after poor harvests last season, that his cash-strapped government had bought enough maize from neighbouring South Africa to ensure no one starves.

An estimated 1.2 million tonnes of the staple maize are required or four million people, a quarter of Zimbabwe's 12 million people, will starve.

The government, which last year banned international food agencies from giving aid to Zimbabwe and told them to take their food elsewhere because the country had enough, backtracked last month allowing the World Food Programme to resume general relief operations in the country. - ZimOnline

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections

1 posted on 07/18/2005 3:47:47 PM PDT by Clive
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2 posted on 07/18/2005 3:51:23 PM PDT by Clive
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Even after Rwanda and countless other places where murder and mayhem and genocide have become common place in Africa , here we see a leader openly and plainly egging his supporters on to the exact same kind of behavior. It is ridiculous !
How long will the world tolerate this behavior from such rogue leaders? Next time he flies anywhere , shoot him the hell down .Think of the lives it will save if we just start taking them out at the first opportunity. This man should last another year .

3 posted on 07/18/2005 3:56:29 PM PDT by injin
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To: Clive

The Mugabe Youth.

4 posted on 07/18/2005 3:57:49 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Clive

Clearly, Africa's problems are the result of hegemonist oppression by the white Western powers.

5 posted on 07/18/2005 4:01:07 PM PDT by billybudd
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To: Clive

If Bono or Geldoff really wanted to do something for Africa, they'd use some of that Live8 swag to pay a hit squad to kill this evil old bastard.

6 posted on 07/18/2005 4:08:29 PM PDT by Argus
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The Sir Robert Mugabe Youth. Hey Tony, dump his title, OK?
7 posted on 07/18/2005 4:14:03 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: injin

Thank you, you said exactly my thoughts.

8 posted on 07/18/2005 5:01:16 PM PDT by Clock King
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To: billybudd

You're right.

All "white devils" (As murdering racist dictator Mugabe refers to white people.) need to stay out of Africa as much as possible. After all, white people are obviously the font of all evil in the world (Ask any leftie.).

No white people in Africa = no evil murdering racists in Africa = peace, love and plenty for all the people remaining in Africa = a Democratic Peoples Paradise.


9 posted on 07/18/2005 5:16:27 PM PDT by BubbaTex (Long time lurker)
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