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Mugabe: Africa Should Address Security Challenges

President Robert Mugabe

Mugabe emphasized the need for the continent to control its natural resources which he said, are predominantly foreign-owned.

President Robert Mugabe has urged African countries to address their own security challenges, warning they should refrain from over-relying on western donors.

This, the president said, would eliminate external interference in the continent’s internal affairs.

Officially opening the 10th Conference of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) in Harare on Wednesday,President Mugabe, who is also the Commander- in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, emphasized the need for the continent to control its natural resources, which he said are “predominantly foreign-owned and exploited, with little benefit to Africans”.

The conference, which runs under the theme “The Nexus between Africa’s Natural Resources, Development and Security,” ends Wednesday and is attended by government officials, CISSA member states, and the civic society.

For perspective on this issue, V-O-A reporter Sithandekile Mhlanga reached political commentator Rejoice Ngwenya, who said Africa needs democratic reforms ahead of security changes.

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