Mugabe says West and MDC don’t know what hit them


President Robert Mugabe yesterday said the Movement for Democratic Change and the West do not know what hit them and were totally caught by surprise when the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front won last year’s elections.

“Yakava mheni yaChaminuka yakarova zvikatadza kuzivikanwa kuti zvauya sei. The MDC was baffled. It was all down on the floor. Those opponents of us who imposed sanctions on us from the West were baffled.

“They refused to believe the truth: the truth that the people of Zimbabwe had — in that national thunderous voice, most resounding — decided that ZANU-PF shall be the Government of the country, not only now but also in the future to come,” he said according to The Herald.

Speaking in Marondera at a party organised to celebrate his 90th birthday, Mugabe said: “ZANU-PF won. ZANU-PF had the support. ZANU-PF had the message. ZANU-PF had the history. ZANU-PF was the people. The people and ZANU-PF are one. You cannot separate the two. You talk to the people, the majority are ZANU-PF.”

Mugabe said Zimbabweans did not hate the British. They just loved their country more.

“The British we do not hate you. We only love our country, we love our country better, we love ourselves better than we love you. It’s natural. We love our freedom, we love our right to say Zimbabwe is ours and everything in Zimbabwe belongs to us and therefore we as owners of everything in Zimbabwe shall say this is the way we want our resources to be organised and that in a manner that has been thought out and that manner has translated into what is now called Zim-Asset.”


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