Pres­i­dent warns for­eign em­bassies

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Tendai Mu­gabe and Felex Share

FOR­EIGN em­bassies should stop med­dling in lo­cal pol­i­tics by spon­sor­ing dis­si­dent group­ings to sub­vert a con­sti­tu­tion­ally-elected Gov­ern­ment, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said yes­ter­day.

He also cau­tioned churches dab­bling in pol­i­tics that Zanu-PF would never tol­er­ate “any non­sense” per­pe­trated in the name of re­li­gion.

Ad­dress­ing war veter­ans and party mem­bers at the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party’s head­quar­ters in Harare, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said con­spir­a­cies to ef­fect regime change would come to naught.

He said he would only leave of­fice at the be­hest of Zim­bab­weans not for­eign­ers.

“For­eign em­bassies in the coun­try that are in­ter­fer­ing with our pol­i­tics, in­ter­ven­ing or those do­ing it clan­des­tinely, I want to warn them to de­sist from it,” he said.

“The rules that gov­ern them don’t al­low them to in­ter­fere with our pol­i­tics, to try to sub­vert our sys­tem of Gov­ern­ment and to do things that amount to sub­vert­ing the present Gov­ern­ment and its au­thor­ity. Please STOP IT!”

Western em­bassies such as the United States, Bri­tain and France have been im­pli­cated as spon­sors of demon­stra­tions by shad­owy groups such as Ta­ja­muka/Se­si­jik­ile in the past weeks.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said Zanu-PF was there to stay and would not be shaken by col­lu­sions that had been tested and failed be­fore.

“Jour­nal­ists, tell those you are rep­re­sent­ing that Robert Mu­gabe is still here, well and strong,” he said.

“My peo­ple will have me for yet some time. And those out­side who don’t like me, I say well that’s your own con­cerns. I say I don’t mind it. But please don’t in­ter­fere with us. We are free peo­ple and keep out of our coun­try.”

The Pres­i­dent went on: “Yes, they might run around here and there say­ing Pres­i­dent should go. I am cre­ated as Pres­i­dent by the peo­ple of Zim­babwe. I have al­ways and al­ways been, whether act­ing as Pres­i­dent, now as I’m do­ing or yes­ter­day in the party as sec­re­tary gen­eral, pub­lic­ity sec­re­tary. If the party, when the mo­ment comes, says we want change, sure we will have that change.

“The party over­rides Gov­ern­ment and you know our poli­cies over­ride the poli­cies of Gov­ern­ment. The poli­cies of Gov­ern­ment de­rive from the poli­cies of the party. Once the party says you rest, yes (I will) or if I ask the party that I think time has come for me to rest I will tell the party that.

“As long as the party still wants me to serve and if I still have the en­ergy, the life and the bless­ings of God, I will con­tinue. It’s the peo­ple all the time, the peo­ple’s right, the peo­ple’s au­thor­ity over me and I’m sure that’s the po­si­tion over all of us in the lead­er­ship of the party and the Gov­ern­ment.

“We are peo­ple-ori­ented mean­ing we are gov­erned by the wishes of the peo­ple, by their in­ter­ests. Once we cease to be so we have gone astray. When we ig­nore the will of the peo­ple we would have got lost.”

The Pres­i­dent said Pen­te­costal churches should stick to their man­date of preach­ing the word of God not to dab­ble in pol­i­tics.

His re­marks were di­rected to a cler­gy­man Pas­tor Evan Mawarire who re­cently led the #ThisFlag cam­paign ad­vo­cat­ing for protests to desta­bilise the coun­try.

The ef­forts failed dis­mally ig­nored his calls.

Said Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe: “Some rush to th­ese new churches think­ing you will get riches quickly. Even the ed­u­cated, in­clud­ing my Min­is­ters are also go­ing there.

“They now want to in­ter­fere in pol­i­tics and we say to them NO! Do you un­der­stand the Bi­ble?

“It will give you the right di­rec­tion on how to lead. Leave the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the party to us. You now say the party should do this, peo­ple are suf­fer­ing after Zim­bab­weans they should protest, Gov­ern­ment should be changed and what kind of Gov­ern­ment (do) you want which sur­passes the one that brought you free­dom and gave you land?”

He added: “I want to warn them very strongly that Zanu-PF will not tol­er­ate any non­sense that is done in the name of re­li­gion. Keep to your re­li­gious side and we will re­spect you. Once you be­gin to in­ter­fere with our pol­i­tics, you are court­ing real trou­ble. We know how to deal with our en­e­mies who have been try­ing all along to bring about regime change in the coun­try.

“We have the means to de­fend and pro­tect our hard won free­dom. That is cru­cial to us. We have brought unity to the peo­ple and peo­ple are united. Please don’t dis­unite our peo­ple.”

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

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