Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe slams vi­o­lent means to power

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Tichaona Zin­doga re­cently in LUSAKA, Zam­bia

OR­GAN­I­SA­TIONS and political par­ties that seek to use vi­o­lent means to at­tain power have no place in a democ­racy and such out­fits are un­wel­come in Africa, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said yes­ter­day.

He said this yes­ter­day in the Zam­bian cap­i­tal, Lusaka where he had gone to at­tend the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Pres­i­dent Edgar Chagwa Lungu.

He was de­liv­er­ing an ad­dress on be­half of African Heads of State and Gov­ern­ment, and lead­ers of re­gional bod­ies that had come to wit­ness the swear­ing-in cer­e­mony.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said African coun­tries should be free of for­eign in­ter­fer­ence and be able to pro­vide an en­vi­ron­ment for so­cio-eco­nomic progress for their peo­ples.

“We say the mes­sage, revo­lu­tion­ary mes­sage of free­dom, of in­de­pen­dence with­out out­side in­ter­fer­ence, should be the mes­sage ev­ery­where in Africa now,” he said.

“But that mes­sage of free­dom and in­de­pen­dence can only be en­hanced if we main­tain democ­racy in our states, and demo­cratic states are peace­ful states.

“Demo­cratic states do not en­ter­tain, nor can they be ex­pected to tol­er­ate or­gan­i­sa­tions which are vi­o­lent, or­gan­i­sa­tions which want to use vi­o­lent means to get to power. No! And I am glad that in Zam­bia, all has been peace­ful, all has been non-vi­o­lent,” said Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

He said democ­racy should bring with it op­por­tu­ni­ties for the peo­ple.

“Of course, hav­ing a political or­der which is demo­cratic is one thing. That or­der must also pro­vide us with op­por­tu­ni­ties: eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties, so­cioe­co­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties, I should say, that cater now for the lives and well-be­ing of our peo­ple.

“Hence, we must con­tinue in Sadc, in Comesa, in the African Union, to work to­gether on all those pro­grammes we have de­cided can as­sist the well­be­ing of our peo­ple. We want our peo­ple to be wellde­vel­oped, to be well-ed­u­cated. We want our chil­dren to be healthy, our peo­ple as a whole to be healthy.”

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe thanked Zam­bian lead­ers for recog­nis­ing one of the con­ti­nent’s found­ing fa­thers, for­mer pres­i­dent Dr Kenneth Kaunda.

He told the crowd about the role played by Dr Kaunda and oth­ers such as Botswana’s Sir Seretse Khama, Mwal­imu Julius Ny­erere of Tan­za­nia and Ghana’s found­ing pres­i­dent Kwame Nkrumah in shap­ing the con­ti­nent.

“I want to thank in a very par­tic­u­lar way, the recog­ni­tion which is given to our great leader and founder of the Zam­bian na­tion, who to­gether with the oth­ers like Ny­erere, Kwame Nkrumah, Seretse Khama founded the Front­line States, and the Front­line States, which also cre­ated an en­vi­ron­ment and gave us cir­cum­stances, as well as lots of as­sis­tance in Zim­babwe, in Namibia, in South Africa and later in An­gola and also in Mozam­bique, so we could be­come free.

“Recog­ni­tion given to KK (Kenneth Kaunda), we adore him. He is re­ally one of our found­ing fa­thers in this re­gion. And when we talk of the OAU as it was es­tab­lished in 1963, the ex­er­cise had al­ready be­gun here of as­sist­ing lib­er­a­tion move­ments.

“But now we talk of the African Union, and the voice of free­dom that started here be­came the voice of free­dom sounded by the whole of Africa. KK, God bless you! May you have long life!”

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said Zim­babwe and Zam­bia “have al­ways been Si­amese twins” and urged the coun­try to re­main united, which was the vi­sion of Dr Kaunda.

“So, there is need for unity, Zam­bia must re­main united. When KK’s voice ran across the rest of Zam­bia and sounded the mes­sage, ‘One Zam­bia, one na­tion; One Zam­bia, one na­tion’, that les­son, I am sure has guided Zam­bia for quite a long time now.

“And we have also read it from here that un­less we are united as one na­tion and avoid trib­al­ism, avoid quar­relling, avoid re­gard­ing affini­ties such as re­li­gion from di­vid­ing us, we will be a good peo­ple,” said the Pres­i­dent

He praised Zam­bia for its suc­cesses and friend­ship with its south­ern neighbour.

“You have had tremen­dous suc­cess, in­deed suc­cesses over the years, and we ad­mire you Zam­bia. You are our great friends in­deed, our great broth­ers and sis­ters. We want you to re­main that way, keep the love be­tween you and our­selves. And I want to leave you the mes­sage that we are to­gether Pres­i­dent Lungu. We are to­gether as broth­ers, we are to­gether as Zam­bia and Zim­babwe,” said Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe came back yes­ter­day af­ter­noon and was re­ceived at the Harare In­ter­na­tional Air­port by Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa, Min­is­ters Syd­ney Sek­era­mayi, Kembo Mo­hadi, Chris Mushohwe, Jo­ram Gumbo; ser­vice chiefs and other se­nior Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

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