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Mugabe: Australians are Genetically Modified Criminals!

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  • pbs@iafrica.com
    From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org [Note. This is Mugabe at his finest - giving it to whites in general and the Australians in particular. Let it be said for the
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 30 5:40 AM
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      From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org
      [Note. This is Mugabe at his finest - giving it to whites in general and
      the Australians in particular. Let it be said for the Australians - they
      did more than most others in making their stand against Mugabe in the
      Commonwealth. I'm so glad Mr Howard held out to the end.

      I'm going to try to get my hands on the film footage of this speech. Its
      pretty good. Jan]

      Australian Prime Minister John Howard on Saturday refused to back down on
      his position that Zimbabwe should remain suspended from the Commonwealth
      after the African country's president Robert Mugabe accused him of a

      "Robert Mugabe holds power because of a reported election and until
      Zimbabwe conforms to Commonwealth democratic principles, it should remain
      suspended from the Commonwealth," a spokesperson for Howard said.

      Mugabe on Friday said Zimbabwe was ready to "say goodbye to the
      Commonwealth, claiming it was being victimised by white countries in the
      54-nation body, particularly Britain and Australia".

      He referred to Howard as being "genetically-modified because of the
      criminal ancestry he derives from" adding that "criminals were banished
      to Australia and New Zealand by the British".

      Howard sits on a Commonwealth troika on Zimbabwe and Mugabe claimed
      Howard overruled the African nations to ensure Zimbabwe remains suspended
      from the organisation beyond March, when a one-year suspension is
      scheduled to end.

      Zimbabwe claims the "white Commonwealth" is punishing it for its
      three-year old programme of seizing white-owned land for redistribution
      to new black farmers.

      Meanwhile, voters in the central Zimbabwe town of Kadoma went to the
      polls on Saturday for a two-day parliamentary by-election in another test
      of strength between Mugabe and the opposition.

      Mugabe's ruling Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front
      (Zanu-PF) is seeking to take the seat from the opposition Movement for
      Democratic Change (MDC), whose lawmaker represented the mining and
      agricultural town until dying in August.

      Campaigning in Kadoma was marked by police questioning the bodyguard of
      MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai for allegedly assaulting a member of the
      public in the town on Thursday.

      Tsvangirai had been meeting constituents in the city, located some 140km
      southwest of Harare, drumming up support for MDC candidate Charles
      Mpandawana, and had to spend two hours at a Kadoma police station while
      police questioned his aide.

      The opposition leader's spokesperson had previously claimed it was
      Tsvangirai who was being questioned. On Friday the state-run Herald said
      the opposition party was trying to create an impression that it was being
      harassed by the state.

      The by-election comes at a crucial time for Zimbabwe, when a key
      Commonwealth summit due to be held next week is likely to deliberate on
      Zimbabwe's readmittance to the 54-member grouping.

      Zimbabwe was suspended from the councils of the Commonwealth in March
      last year after some international observers said a presidential election
      that returned Mugabe to power was marred by violence, intimidation and
      electoral flaws.

      Mugabe, who has not been invited to the summit, said on Friday it might
      be time for Zimbabwe to "say goodbye" to the Commonwealth rather than bow
      to pressure he says is being imposed by its white members.

      Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon has said he wants to see key
      issues addressed by Harare before it is readmitted to the group,
      including an end to alleged political harassment of the opposition.

      The MDC stormed onto the Zimbabwean political scene in 2000 parliamentary
      elections, clinching 57 out of 120 contested seats. The ruling party got
      62, and it still holds the majority. Tsvangirai, who early this month
      began a landmark court challenge to Mugabe's victory in last year's
      presidential election, faces treason charges along with two other senior
      MDC officials for allegedly seeking Mugabe's assassination.

      The long-running trial, which started in February this year, is currently
      in recess.

      The opposition leader faces a second charge of treason for allegedly
      inciting his supporters to overthrow the government in June this year.
      That trial is due to start next year. - Sapa-AFP

      Source: Daily Mail & Guardian
      URL: http://www.mg.co.za/Content/l3.asp?ao=24242
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