Pres­i­dent meets An­golan de­fence chief

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bureau

CON­CERTED ef­forts by Africa’s lib­er­a­tion move­ments are needed to sub­due at­tempts by Western coun­tries to re­move their govern­ments from power, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe has said.

He told vis­it­ing An­golan De­fence Forces Com­man­der Gen­eral Ger­aldo Sachipengo Nunda on Tues­day that fol­low­ing the at­tain­ment of in­de­pen­dence by African coun­tries, the en­emy was not re­lax­ing and was us­ing var­i­ous tac­tics to ef­fect regime change in most coun­tries.

Gen Nunda, who had been in the coun­try since Sun­day, re­turned home yes­ter­day.

“Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe wel­comed the An­golan De­fence Forces Com­man­der and said he ap­pre­ci­ated the visit he paid to Zim­babwe,” said a source who at­tended the meet­ing.

“The Pres­i­dent said Zim­babwe and An­gola had the same his­tory and ex­pe­ri­ence of coloni­sa­tion by the same en­emy from the West. He said there is need for sis­ter na­tions and broth­erly de­fence forces and our peo­ple to come to­gether from time to time to ex­change ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause the en­emy will not re­lax un­til he sees that govern­ments of for­mer rev­o­lu­tion­ary move­ments are re­moved from power.”

Added the source: “He also said he wished to see his brother, An­golan Pres­i­dent Eduardo Dos San­tos whom he has not seen for some time and also wished him good health.”

Zim­babwe De­fence Forces Com­man­der Gen­eral Con­stantino Chi­wenga on Tues­day night hosted a din­ner in hon­our of Gen Nunda.

Speak­ing at the din­ner, Gen Chi­wenga said there was a need for African mem­ber states to find com­mon ground on sup­port­ing the African Standby Force to deal with any machi­na­tions.

“Our coun­tries have a sim­i­lar out­look on a raft of con­tem­po­rary is­sues, it­self not a nega­tion of the val­ues of our sep­a­rate lib­er­a­tion strug­gles whose cen­tral goal was the need to be in to­tal con­trol of our nat­u­ral re­sources,” he said.

“Un­for­tu­nately, even though those re­sources are now un­der our con­trol, after at­tain­ing our po­lit­i­cal in­de­pen­dence, the pros­per­ity that we fought for in the first place is still largely elu­sive. The fact of the mat­ter is that our con­ti­nent is pass­ing through one of the most chal­leng­ing and try­ing times in its long his­tory. After the scan­dalous ‘car­to­graphic mis­chief ’ of the 1884 Berlin Con­fer­ence where Africa was balka­nised into colonies for the sole pur­pose of serv­ing as sources of raw ma­te­ri­als for colo­nial plun­der­ers, we are now in what schol­ar­ship has aptly char­ac­terised as the ‘Sec­ond Scram­ble for Africa’ where again we find our­selves as the arena of global re­source wars dis­guised in mis­lead­ing neo-lib­eral terms.”

Gen Chi­wenga added: “Africa to­day re­mains the arena of nearly half of the con­tem­po­rary armed con­flicts with no clear prospects that in­deed the guns will be silent as es­poused by the African Union Heads of States and Gov­ern­ment. Such prospects are fur­ther put into dis­ar­ray by the sad fact that even among our­selves as Africans, we re­main un­de­cided on the best peace and se­cu­rity ar­chi­tec­ture to achieve an Africa where guns are heard no more. We are still not yet united on how the Africa Standby Force, our own crea­ture, can be sup­ported in­stead of a seem­ingly pre­pos­ter­ous, com­pet­ing and alien doc­trines pre­sented to us as best al­ter­na­tives.”

Gen Nunda thanked ZDF of­fi­cials for the “good hos­pi­tal­ity” adding that he was ex­pect­ing a re­cip­ro­cal visit from Gen Chi­wenga soon.

Dur­ing his stay, among other places, he toured Zim­babwe Mil­i­tary Academy (ZMA), the Zim­babwe Na­tional Army head­quar­ters in Harare on Mon­day where he had a Joint Guard of Hon­our with Gen Chi­wenga.

He later paid a cour­tesy call at the ZDF of­fices where a pre­sen­ta­tion was made on the or­gan­i­sa­tion and the role of the Min­istry of De­fence.

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