Pres­i­dent tears into NGOs

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Fidelis Mun­y­oro Harare Bureau

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe yes­ter­day sav­aged Western­spon­sored non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions for their open cam­paigns to sub­vert African economies in pur­suit of regime change.

The Head of State and Gov­ern­ment and Com­man­derin-Chief of the Zim­babwe De­fence Forces called on African states to unite to re­sist the machi­na­tions of the West.

“There is a vi­cious and com­pre­hen­sive national drive as well as re­gional and con­ti­nen­tal vi­cious cam­paign to sub­vert our economies, economies of Africa through a pro­lif­er­a­tion of what I call NGOs,” said Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

“In Africa, this is all over. There is no coun­try with­out NGOs sup­ported from out­side.”

He made the re­marks at the National De­fence Col­lege where he was guest of honour at the pre­sen­ta­tion of National Se­cu­rity Pol­icy and Strat­egy pa­per by par­tic­i­pants in the Course 4/2015.

The par­tic­i­pants are drawn from across se­cu­rity in­sti­tu­tions in the coun­try and al­lied coun­tries in­clud­ing Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Tan­za­nia, Nige­ria, Namibia and Zam­bia.

The NGOs, said Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe, had be­come the West’s weapon to sub­vert African economies.

He said when he was AU chair­man he vis­ited sev­eral African coun­tries where he was ap­praised of the phe­nom­e­nal pro­lif­er­a­tion of NGOs with sin­is­ter mo­tives of regime change.

“They (NGOs) have be­come pests on our con­ti­nent,” said Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

These agents of ex­ter­nal forces, the Pres­i­dent said, were also vis­i­ble in the coun­try’s op­po­si­tion Press, which he said was lead­ing the at­tack on the Gov­ern­ment on a daily ba­sis.

“We know it is spon­sored from out­side and there is a drive and cam­paign, for a long time, for regime change,” he said.

“This can be han­dled by the State which has its own (le­gal) in­stru­ments at Gov­ern­ment level.”

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe also said fran­co­phone coun­tries were still reel­ing un­der the bondage of their former coloniser who dic­tates the af­fairs of their coun­tries.

He cited ex­am­ples of African coun­tries that were dis­suaded by France from com­ing to of­fi­ci­ate at the an­nual Harare Agri­cul­tural Show. He said they were told not to come to Zim­babwe. “That is a form of in­stru­ment that the West is still us­ing to un­der­mine our in­de­pen­dence and so­cio-econ­omy,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe be­moaned the rush by many stu­dents at univer­sity level for busi­ness sub­jects while shun­ning sciences.

He said Bin­dura Univer­sity of Sci­ence Ed­u­ca­tion was es­tab­lished to cater for Sci­ence and Math­e­mat­ics, but ended up tak­ing stu­dents for busi­ness stud­ies.

“Sci­ence and Math­e­mat­ics is what it was es­tab­lished for, but the dis­ease of busi­ness stud­ies also af­flicted them,” he said.

The Pres­i­dent queried why the coun­try’s state uni­ver­si­ties were negat­ing the call to look at the coun­try’s so­cio-eco­nomic chal­lenges.

“Look at the needs of Zim­babwe. Look at our agri­cul­ture, we need more engi­neers. Look at min­ing, we need more min­ing engi­neers, met­al­lur­gists. Look at our roads, we need engi­neers,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe urged pro­fes­sion­als to take ad­van­tage of the coun­try’s indi­geni­sa­tion and eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment poli­cies to form their own com­pa­nies in­stead of seek­ing greener pas­tures abroad.

“We are ed­u­cat­ing ex­perts . . . but it is true we may not give them higher salaries com­pared to other coun­tries like South Africa, Namibia or Aus­tralia,” he said.

“But they don’t have the ini­tia­tives but to work for whites baas so, so, Rio Tinto and so on. But form your own Rio Tin­tos.”

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe also warned farm­ers that are clan­des­tinely part­ner­ing former white farm­ers on their farms. He said that was an­other way of bring­ing back ex­pelled white farm­ers. He said a land au­dit would soon ex­pose them.

Speak­ing at the same oc­ca­sion, De­fence Min­is­ter Syd­ney Sek­era­mayi said the national se­cu­rity pol­icy and strat­egy was a ma­jor ex­er­cise on the NDC pro­gramme, which re­quired par­tic­i­pants to put into prac­tice the theories learnt in phases 1, 2 and 3 of the ex­er­cise.

He said the ex­er­cise put into per­spec­tive the four main pil­lars of the State — de­fence, eco­nom­ics, me­dia and politics.

“In that con­text, the re­gional se­cu­rity is viewed as the abil­ity of a na­tion to or­der in­ter­nal life with­out ex­ter­nal interference,” he said.

“The ex­er­cise is based on the as­sump­tion that there is no in­sti­tu­tion­alised plan­ning process for national se­cu­rity pol­icy in Zim­babwe, hence the roadmap has been made to pro­vide a sus­tain­able for­mat to as­sist its strate­gic plan­ners and par­tic­i­pants.”

Min­is­ter Sek­era­mayi said in com­ing out with the for­mat, they had stud­ied var­i­ous models of the plan­ning process be­ing fol­lowed by coun­tries such as China, USA, Pak­istan, Kenya and South Africa.

He said the aim of the ex­er­cise was for par­tic­i­pants to prac­tise broad pol­icy for­mu­la­tion at strate­gic de­ci­sion­mak­ing lev­els.

At the end of the ex­er­cise, Min­is­ter Sek­era­mayi said, par­tic­i­pants should be able to com­pre­hend the national se­cu­rity strat­egy for­mu­la­tion process.

The ex­er­cise, dubbed Course 4/2015, which started last year in Septem­ber, ends on Au­gust 12.

Vice Pres­i­dents Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa, Phelekezela Mphoko, Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Kembo Mo­hadi, Me­dia, In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices Min­is­ter Christo­pher Mushohwe, In­for­ma­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Postal and Courier Ser­vices Min­is­ter Supa Mandi­wanzira, Ser­vice Chiefs and other high rank­ing Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials at­tended the event.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

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