You got Gaddafi killed, Mu­gabe tells SA, Nige­ria

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IMBABWEAN Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe has ac­cused con­ti­nen­tal heavy­weights South Africa and Nige­ria of be­ing com­plicit in the top­pling and as­sas­si­na­tion of Libyan leader Muam­mar Gaddafi.

Ad­dress­ing 47 health min­is­ters at a World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion con­fer­ence in Vic­to­ria Falls, Zim­babwe, Mu­gabe said South Africa, Nige­ria and Gabon voted in favour of a United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion in 2011 which im­posed a no-fly zone over Libya, lead­ing to the even­tual oust­ing and killing of Gaddafi.

Mu­gabe, who was the guest of hon­our at the meet­ing, crit­i­cised the killing of “in­no­cent” peo­ple by “greedy and en­vi­ous” world lead­ers.

“Yes he (Gaddafi) may have been a dic­ta­tor but he was a friend of his peo­ple, a lover of his peo­ple, one who de­sired that his peo­ple should de­velop and not live in poverty and had man­aged to draw wa­ter from un­der­neath our world to cre­ate a huge mas­sive dam for the ben­e­fit of his coun­try which is semi-desert,” said Mu­gabe.

“He be­came friends with us. He wanted to democra­tise the African Union to be bet­ter po­lit­i­cally and eco­nom­i­cally united.”

The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion had ini­tially failed to garner the re­quired level of sup­port, but the three African states were later per­suaded to vote in sup­port of a no-fly zone which would lead to out­right mil­i­tary in­va­sion by West­ern forces.

Mu­gabe said while Africa man­aged to con­vince Rus­sia and China that the in­va­sion of Libya would cost lives, the three na­tions, namely South Africa, Nige­ria and Gabon, went on to vote in sup­port of mil­i­tary ag­gres­sion.

“Yes, the mat­ter came to the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil. The whites said he (Gaddafi) must be at­tacked and China and Rus­sia said no. The mat­ter could not have pro­ceeded any fur­ther be­cause of the nec­es­sary two-thirds ma­jor­ity, with China and Rus­sia ab­stain­ing.

“Then it came to us the poor Africans. The poor Africans,

Zsome­times not think­ing well about the con­se­quences of those at­tacks,” said Mu­gabe.

He said when the African bloc asked China and Rus­sia to ex­er­cise their veto, the two gi­ants re­fused, say­ing they could only ab­stain from vot­ing, in view of the three African coun­tries which had sup­ported mil­i­tary ag­gres­sion against Libya.

Gaddafi, one of the most flam­boy­ant and con­tro­ver­sial lead­ers of the last cen­tury, was killed aged 69 on Oc­to­ber 20, 2011, more than 42 years after ris­ing to power through a blood­less coup. He was top­pled by West­ern-backed mil­i­tants. The in­se­cu­rity that fol­lowed his death has plunged Libya into vi­cious armed con­flict, open­ing a flood­gate of il­le­gal African im­mi­grants in rub­ber dinghies who are flock­ing to Europe in un­prece­dented num­bers.

Mu­gabe’s com­ments came days after launch­ing an in­di­rect at­tack on white South Africans, ac­cord­ing to an SABC news clip.

Speak­ing at the week­end, Mu­gabe said he had asked an ANC min­is­ter why the whites still held so much power in South Africa.

“I asked one ANC min­is­ter how come the whites have been left with so much power, and he said ‘it was be­cause of your friend Man­dela’. That was an ANC min­is­ter who was say­ing that…” Mu­gabe said.

Mean­while, South African Health Min­is­ter Aaron Mot­soaledi has again crit­i­cised African lead­ers who seek per­sonal med­i­cal treat­ment abroad while cut­ting back on spend­ing on health in their own coun­tries, echo­ing face to face what he said in May this year.

De­liv­er­ing a speech at the con­fer­ence, Mot­soaledi said lead­ers must show com­mit­ment to the im­prove­ment of health fa­cil­i­ties in their coun­tries.

In re­marks which ap­peared aimed at host Mu­gabe who fre­quently seeks treat­ment in Sin­ga­pore as well as Nige­rian leader Muham­madu Buhari and for­mer An­golan pres­i­dent Jose Ed­uardo dos San­tos who reg­u­larly seek med­i­cal ser­vices in Europe, Asia or North Amer­ica, the South African health min­is­ter urged African lead­ers to walk the talk on the pro­vi­sion of bet­ter health care for all.

“I have said this be­fore and I will say it again: We are the only con­ti­nent that has its lead­ers seek­ing med­i­cal ser­vices out­side the con­ti­nent, out­side our ter­ri­tory. We must be ashamed of that. This is called health tourism. We must pro­mote our own,” he said.

PIC­TURE: EPA

SWEET TOOTH: Zim­bab­wean Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe eats a sweet after ar­riv­ing at the Rud­haka Sta­dium in Maron­dera, about 10km east of Harare.

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