Mugabe described sanctions against Zimbabwe as ‘wrong’ in his closing speech

Mugabe described sanctions against
Zimbabwe as ‘wrong’ in his closing speech
of the AU summit [EPA]
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has
dismissed concerns that his appointment as
new African Union chairman would harm
relations between the pan-African bloc and
the West.
“What the West will say or do is not my
business,” Mugabe told a news conference
on Saturday at the close of the two-day
African Union summit held in the Ethiopian
capital Addis Ababa.

There are certain things men can do and
that women can’t do. And there are things
women can do that men cannot do. You
can’t bear babies in your tummy, can you?”
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
“My business is to ensure the decisions we
take here are implemented. My concern is
on uplifting the life of our people, giving
them something that will raise their
standard of living,” he said.
“For more that 10 years I have been under
sanctions, my country has been [under]
sanctions. If they want to continue it’s up to
them but these sanctions are wrong,” the
president said.
“If Europe comes in the spirit to cooperate
and not the spirit to control us and control
our ways, they will be very welcome,” he
added.
Mugabe, Africa’s oldest president at 90, took
over the rotating post of African Union
chairman on Friday, replacing Mauritania’s
President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.
Female empowerment
Mugabe, a former liberation war hero who
is Africa’s third-longest serving leader, is
viewed with deep respect by many on the
continent.
But he is also subject to travel bans from
both the United States and European Union
in protest over political violence and
intimidation.
Last year Mugabe boycotted an EU-Africa
Summit in Brussels after he was given a
rare invitation, but his wife was still denied
a visa.
Mugabe also spoke on his attitude towards
the empowerment of women in Saturday’s
closing remarks.
“We are different,” he told reporters. “There
are certain things men can do and that
women can’t do. And there are things
women can do that men cannot do.
“You can’t bear babies in your tummy, can
you? Even the gay ones cannot.
“But what we have done in Zimbabwe is
that our women can become ministers,
judges, farmers, pilots. We have three
pilots,” he added.
Source: Agencies
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