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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, August 8, 2013
HARARE---Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
yesterday defiantly rejected Western criticism of his
disputed re-election and vowed to press ahead with
nationalist economic policies transferring majority
stakes in foreign-owned firms to blacks.
In his first public comments since he was declared
winner of a July 31 election that his main rival Morgan
Tsvangirai rejects as fraudulent, Mugabe, Africa s
oldest leader at 89, said his ZANU-PF party s victory
had "dealt the enemy a blow."
He identified this enemy as "the British and their
allies" whom he said had backed Tsvangirai s Move-
ment for Democratic Change (MDC) in the southern
African state. Tsvangirai has said his MDC will chal-
lenge the election outcome in court, alleging massive
vote-rigging and intimidation by ZANU-PF.
Addressing ZANU-PF s politburo in Harare, the
veteran Zimbabwean president, who has ruled the
former Rhodesia since independence in 1980, said
Western governments had pledged to consider lifting
sanctions if the elections were free and fair.
"But now they, even as the whole of Africa is
sending us messages of congratulations to say well
done , they say the elections were not free. And where
are they talking? London and Washington and Ottawa,"
While election observers from the African Union
and the Southern African Development Community
(SADC) broadly approved the July 31 presidential and
parliamentary elections, the vote has met serious
questioning from the West.
The United States, which maintains sanctions
against Mugabe, has said it does not believe his re-
election was credible. The European Union, which
has been looking at easing sanctions, has also expressed
concerns over alleged serious flaws in the vote.
Mugabe, flanked by his deputy Joice Mujuru and
party national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo at the
politburo meeting, indicated his critics should not
expect any let-up in economic nationalism policies
that have also earned Western disapproval.
"All the time we must take into account our policy
of indigenisation and empowerment," he said, referring
to policies aimed at increasing black ownership of
the economy that have already targeted foreign-owned
mining companies and banks.
"Our task is to look ahead. What we say we shall
do, we will do," added Mugabe, looking dapper in a
grey suit and a light blue shirt and matching dotted
The Zimbabwe stock exchange s main Industrial
Index shed one per cent yesterday, following a 1.7 per
cent fall on Tuesday and an 11 per cent drop on Mon-
day, the first trading day after Mugabe s re-election
was formerly announced by the country s election
commission at the weekend.
Investors fear that ZANU-PF s boosted majority---
it now controls more than two-thirds of the seats in
the Zimbabwean parliament---could embolden it to
pursue even more radical economic nationalism of
the kind that led to the violent seizure of white-
owned farms after 2000. (Reuters)
Zimbabwe's Mugabe rejects
West's criticism of his re-election
A man who called 911 to complain about his
McDonald s order ended up going to jail.
"I went in to order seven McDoubles and one
McChicken and one fry," Lorenzo Riggins told local
station WALB-TV. But he says that s not what he
walked away with.
"When I got to my truck and I got ready to leave,
I looked in my bag and come to find out I had six
McDoubles," the Albany, Georgia, resident said. He
said he went back into the restaurant to get his other
McDouble, but didn t get any satisfaction.
"She was trying to get an attitude with me, and
I said I m going to call the police," the dissatisfied
customer said. And he did, but that s when he got
double trouble rather than another McDouble.
Riggins was arrested and charged with violation
of the emergency 911 telephone service, according
"I called the police" he said, and thought everything
was "cool." "I didn t know I was misusing 911," Riggins
Riggins told WALB-TV that all he wanted was
respect; the police told WALB-TV that misuing 911
is no joke. The police also took Riggins to jail.
Sri Lankan Catholic nuns hold placards during a protest in Colombo, Sri Lanka,
yesterday. The protest was against the military who opened fired last week on
unarmed residents who were demonstrating against the contamination of their
ground water supply, allegedly by chemical waste from a rubber glove factory,
according to local reports. AP PHOTO
Man arrested after
calling 911 to report
wrong McDonald's order
RIGHT VS MIGHT
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