Wednesday, October 19, 2005

It's evilBUSHY's fault...

President Mugabe drew applause at a United Nations conference on hunger yesterday when he said Britain and the United States were to blame for his country's economic collapse.

In a diversion from his scripted speech at the World Food Day event organised by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, Mr Mugabe called Tony Blair and George W Bush "the unholy alliance of the millennium".

Mr Mugabe makes his point at the World Food Day
He then compared the two world leaders to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini and accused them of interfering in the domestic affairs of countries such as his own.

Mr Mugabe made his attack after a speech in which he patted himself on the back for the "long overdue" land reforms started five years ago in which land was forcibly taken from white farmers.

The reforms sent the economy, which once provided food for the region, into a tail-spin, leaving it dependent on international aid for survival.

The US alone has donated almost $300 million (£166 million) in food aid to Zimbabwe since 2002...

Four million Zimbabweans, a third of the population, now need rations from the World Food Programme to stay alive.

Mr Mugabe told the conference "there have been very unfortunate instances where the provision of humanitarian assistance has been politicised, often on the basis of ideology, race and or religion".

No, don't "politicize" food aid: LINK

Mugabe henchmen 'used food to win votes'
By Peta Thornycroft in Harare
(Filed: 18/10/2005)

A Zimbabwe judge has confirmed that President Robert Mugabe's henchmen bought over opposition members with food in the March general election and threatened hungry peasants with starvation if they failed to back his ruling Zanu PF party.

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