President Robert Mugabe has attacked the West for what he says is the systematic use of the democratic agenda and globalization for looting resources in developing nations such as Zimbabwe.
Addressing thousands of people who gathered at the National Sports Stadium to mark the 32nd anniversary of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Mugabe said the so-called democratic agenda of the West is causing havoc in developing countries.
The leadership of the MDC formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai criticized Mr. Mugabe saying he is misleading the nation
Mr. Mugabe said the uniformed forces have a critical role to play in protecting the country’s resources including diamonds in Manicaland Province’s Marange fields.
As has become the norm during such gatherings, Mr. Mugabe reiterated his call for the unconditional lifting of sanctions imposed by the West on him and his inner circle for alleged human rights violations and election rigging saying the restrictive measures were meant to incite Zimbabweans to revolt against his administration.
The president’s remarks were criticized by the Movement for Democratic Change formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai whose entire leadership attended the celebrations.