Mugabe threatens: ‘they’ll be cinders’ - Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 27th August 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 28 August 2011 16:24

Africa’s new King of Kings, President Mugabe, Defender of the Faith (except Anglican), emerged from the Zimbabwe Embassy in London on Saturday on his way to Tripoli in support of deposed King of Kings Muammar Gaddafi, who has fallen on hard times. 

Brandishing a rifle, Mugabe was dressed in classical Arab attire so that he would not be mistaken for one of what Gaddafi describes as ‘Libyan rats’. Before disappearing in his golf cart down one of the tunnels leading to Gaddafi’s compound, Mugabe said everyone was happy in Libya until the Western gangsters started bombing the place to find more oil. ‘Don’t they know it doesn’t spring from rocks?’ 

Asked whether Gaddafi had been annoyed when Zimbabwe didn’t pay its $360 million bill for oil, Mugabe said: ‘That’s all oil under the bridge now. I explained to him that Zimbabwe had no reason to pay as we had used up all the oil’. 

Questioned why Libya’s Ambassador in Harare had suddenly turned into a rat, Mugabe said ‘Good question. We always suspected he was a rodent, but not how big.’ As for the other staff of the Libyan Embassy who had suddenly seen the light as payday approached, Mugabe said ‘At least they support Zanu PF, where every day is payday’ (see: – Anti-Gaddafi Libyans demonstrate in Harare). 

Mr Mugabe added that Zanu PF had perfected an infallible method of disposing of rats. ‘You shoot them. Then you apply special muti so that lo and behold they are turned into cinders. It’s simple really: the appliance of science.’ 

Another question put to the feisty anti-rodent octogenarian was ‘Why should Zimbabwe spend $500 million on two air buses when the United Nations is unsuccessfully appealing for this sum to feed 1.7 million Zimbabweans faced with starvation?’ (See: – Chronic malnutrition in Zim). And ‘Why does every minister need half a million dollars worth of vehicles so that they can go out to the countryside to see what the parking situation is like?’ His answer: ‘Ask Gaddafi. He’s deputising while I am dealing with the Western-led rats’. 

Other points
·         Vigil supporters were abuzz with reports that Gaddafi was in Harare. Phone calls told of many roads closed and a high level of security in Gunhill.  
·         The Vigil was puzzled why travel-junkie Mugabe missed the opportunity of centre stage at the AU summit to raise money for the drought-stricken Horn of Africa. Only four heads of state turned up so he could have spoken for 50 or so friends in tribute to the AU which has so far pledged a less than munificent half a million dollars towards an appeal for $1.4 billion (see: – African Presidents shun AU famine fundraiser).
·         Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA), successor organization to the Anti-Apartheid Movement,is holding a vigil outside the Swaziland High Commission on Tuesday 6th September from 12.30 – 1.30 pm in support of an international day of action to highlight the lack of democracy and human rights in Swaziland. 

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·         ROHR Woking General Meeting. Saturday 3rd September from 2 – 6 pm, Venue: Woking Homes, Oriental Road, Woking, GU22 7BE. Contact, Isaac Mudzamiri 07774044873, Sithokozile Hlokana 07886203113, Saziso Zulu 07861028280 or P.Mapfumo 07915926323/07932216070.
·         Swazi Protest. Tuesday 6th September from 12.30 – 1.30 pm. Venue: outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.
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