Zimbabwe : What is the truth about Mugabe and Zimbabwe

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  1. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    owner of various real estate concerns
    Some call him a tyrant, some call him a hero, what is the fact from the fiction?

    Obama Denounces Mugabe's Rule, Honors Zimbabwean Women Activists
    Wednesday 25 November 2009

    by: Andrew Meldrum | GlobalPost

    Boston - President Barack Obama denounced President Robert Mugabe as a "dictator" and said the 85-year-old leader is on the wrong side of history. The U.S. president made the comments when he gave a human rights award to a group of Zimbabwean women activists Monday.
    Obama praised the Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) for leading more than 100 street demonstrations to protest the Mugabe regime and to demand a return to democracy. WOZA's leaders, Magodonga Mahlangu and Jenni Williams, have each been jailed more than 30 times, beaten and spent weeks in Zimbabwe's cells.
    "Each time they see Magodonga beaten back, beaten black and blue during one protest, only to get right back up and lead another, singing freedom songs at the top of her lungs in full view of security forces, the threat of a policeman's baton loses some of its power," said Obama.
    "By her example, Magadonga and the women of WOZA have shown the people of Zimbawe that they can undermine their oppressors' power, that they can sap a dictator's strength with their own," said Obama.
    Although the Mugabe regime bans public demonstrations WOZA has led numerous protests. On Mother's Day and Valentine's Day the WOZA women have been beaten with batons and arrested for attempting to hand out roses and messages of peace.
    “History has a clear direction and it is not the way of those who arrest women and babies for singing in the streets,” said Obama. “It is not the way of those who starve and silence their own people, who cling to power by the threat of force.”
    Obama also denounced Mugabe's past human rights abuses. He noted that Mahlangu, as a young girl in the 1980s, witnessed the Matabeleland massacres, which Obama described as “the systematic murder of many thousands of people, including her uncle and several cousins, many of whom were buried in mass graves they’d been forced to dig themselves.”
    Though part of a power-sharing government since February, Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party have continued to use state security forces to arrest and jail rival politicians and party workers, human rights lawyers and civic leaders.
    Neighboring heads of state, worried that the power-sharing government led by Mugabe and his rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, will crumble, have insisted the men settle their differences in the coming weeks, but so far Mugabe has been adamant that he will continue to rule as he sees fit.
    The United States has limited political leverage in southern Africa, but Obama has repeatedly spoken out about Mugabe’s misrule — notably when he welcomed Tsvangirai to the White House in June, when he addressed the Ghanaian Parliament in July.
    At the ceremony in the East Room Monday, the WOZA women were awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
    It was the first time in the award’s 24-year history that Senator Edward Kennedy did not present the honor in memory of his brother. “Ted knew that Bobby’s legacy wasn’t a devotion to one particular cause, or a faith in a certain ideology — but rather, a sensibility,” Obama said. “A belief that in this world, there is right and there is wrong, and it is our job to build our laws and our lives around recognizing the difference.”
    "The organization's name, WOZA — which means 'come forward' — has become its impact — its impact has been even more as people know of the violence that they face, and more people have come forward to join them," said Obama.
    The event was sponsored by the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center).
    WOZA is a grassroots movement working to empower Zimbabwean women from all walks of life to mobilize and take non-violent action against injustice. WOZA's members stand up for human rights and speak up about the worsening economic, social and political conditions in Zimbabwe at great personal risk.
    "Arrests do not deter us because WOZA has empowered us to believe that we deserve better. We deserve to have a roof over our head, food in our stomachs, our children in schools and the nation working," said Mahlangu, in an interview with GlobalPost. "We deserve to live in dignity and free from fear; and it is our right to have our voices heard and respected. That is why I joined WOZA. While Mugabe boasts of having degrees in violence, I and 75,000 WOZA members who stand beside me, have degrees in non-violence."
    Mahlangu emphasized that "no resolution to ....

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  2. MRS. LADY


    Dec 3, 2007
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    to seek truth
    everywhere and nowhere
    truth is in actions

    what he does is who he is

    a murderer is a murderer

    there is no justification for taking the gift of life away from anyone

    no matter how self righteous the violator