ZIMBABWE’S president Robert Mugabe accused the west yesterday of seeking to provoke “illegal regime change” by crippling his country economically.
Speaking at a summit on the global food crisis, the veteran leader accused the West of using non-governmental bodies and opposition political parties to try and bring him down.
A British minister described Mugabe’s participation at the Rome summit as “obscene” given the economic collapse of Zimbabwe, once known as Africa’s breadbasket.
Mugabe rebuffed the criticism, saying: “The United Kingdom has mobilised their friends and allies in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand to impose illegal economic sanctions against Zimbabwe.
“All this has been done to cripple Zimbabwe’s economy and thereby effect illegal regime change,” he said.
Mugabe, who has been in power for 28 years, has overseen the collapse of Zimbabwe’s once thriving agriculture sector since ordering the seizure of white-owned farms.
Mugabe blamed Zimbabwe’s economic isolation for its dire state, noting that the west had also cut off all development assistance, stopped lines of credit and other sources of funding for his country, as well as pushing companies “not to do business with Zimbabwe”.
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