News / Africa

Mugabe Threatens Total Seizure of Foreign Mining Firms

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe gestures during his address at the annual conference of his ZANU-PF party in Gweru about 285 km (177 miles) west of the capital Harare, December 7, 2012.Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe gestures during his address at the annual conference of his ZANU-PF party in Gweru about 285 km (177 miles) west of the capital Harare, December 7, 2012.
x
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe gestures during his address at the annual conference of his ZANU-PF party in Gweru about 285 km (177 miles) west of the capital Harare, December 7, 2012.
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe gestures during his address at the annual conference of his ZANU-PF party in Gweru about 285 km (177 miles) west of the capital Harare, December 7, 2012.
GWERU, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has said he wants native blacks to have full control of foreign-owned mining firms operating in the country. The 88-year-old leader was speaking while officially opening the conference of his ZANU-PF party. Mugabe also said he would call for elections next year regardless of whether there is a new constitution or not, as required by regional leaders.

ZANU-PF supporters showed their joy as their leader, Mugabe, arrived Friday in Gweru, about 300 kilometers southwest of Harare.

The conference is being held ahead of next year’s elections, which may explain why the president already seemed to be in the electioneering mood. He said the country has benefited from his policy of giving black Zimbabweans a 51 percent stake in all foreign-owned companies, but said that was not enough.

“I have told the ministry of mining that I think now we have done enough of 51-49. Let it be 100 percent. Then we do not send anything out.  We do not send out that 49 percent,” said Mugabe.

Divisive issue

Mugabe's "indigenization" policy has split Zimbabwe’s coalition government, with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party saying it scares away investors.  

The president said that was the least of his concerns, though, as long as Zimbabweans were in charge of their resources.

“Let us be our own master, our own true developer of our resources,” he said.

He asserted that African leaders in oil-rich countries that allowed Western companies to explore for the "black gold" were irresponsible and must step down.

Pedzisai Ruhanya, a media and democracy doctorate student at University of Westminster in Britain, said the conference is an example of ZANU-PF's top-down management style.

“The leadership dynamics of ZANU-PF are not changed by these meetings since 1977," said Ruhanya. "This is an oligarchal meeting and the problem with these meetings is that their internal undemocratic practices are taken aboard over the confines of ZANU-PF to the national level. That is why we have democratic problems in this country.”

Eye on election

The conference ends Saturday, with Mugabe very likely to be named the party's presidential candidate for polls expected sometime in 2013.

Mugabe wants to end the power-sharing government he was forced to form with the MDC party after the disputed and violent 2008 polls.

But the elections are being held up because of a disagreement between Mugabe's and Tsvangirai's parties over the details of a new constitution. On Friday, Mugabe underscored that he would call for elections if the dispute can not be resolved.

You May Like

China Investigates Former Powerful Security Chief

Former security chief and member of Politburo Standing Committee, Zhou Yongkang, under investigation for suspected 'serious disciplinary violation' More

India, US Look to Reset Ties During Kerry Visit

This week's talks will be first high level interaction between two countries since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge More

Video Young African Leadership Program Renamed to Honor Mandela

YALI program, launched by President Obama in 2010, aims to build skills in business, entrepreneurship, public management and civic leadership More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Realize
December 08, 2012 11:32 PM
Eyes tell no lies - we have seen what has happened there and know exactly what has been happening, no amount of researching is necessary - nobody can be misguided here, except those who choose to ignore what has been happening and the consequences.


by: Ben Kawadza from: Harare
December 08, 2012 12:03 PM
On the issue of division within the coalition government of Zimbabwe the ideginisation policy is not the wedge as it exsisted as a policy for Mugabe and his party before the coalition government was in place. There is no denying that there is a division within the coalition government but it can not be attributed to this one policy. Again it becomes important to properly research facts and historical background before presenting stories as it may misguide others, especially those who depend on our news because they are not on the ground.


by: Ben Kawadza from: Harare
December 08, 2012 11:39 AM
Hi just wanted to commet on the part the writer said that Mugabe wants to take or give 100 percent to Black Zimbabweans. This is not factual. Mugabe never said that. I listened to the speech and the writer is not representing the facts properly. Yes he said the 49 and 51 percent split will continue but nothing about 100 percent.


by: mandionerepi from: zw
December 08, 2012 1:38 AM
calling for an election is one thing but having the election intewrnationally accepted is another, given the circumstances...

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid