Mugabe: Australians are Genetically Modified Criminals!
- 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
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
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