“Robert Mugabe must go” – Comments by Brown, Sarkozy, Bush and the British press

Updated: Dec. 12, 2008 added a couple more links to stories

compiled by Cem Ertür
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Dandelion Salad
9 December 2008

“Robert Mugabe must go” – Comments by Brown, Sarkozy, Bush and the British press

I have been in close contact with African leaders to press for stronger action to give the Zimbawean people the Government they deserve. [UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, 6 December 2008] [1]

I say today that President Mugabe must go. Zimbabwe has suffered enough. [France’s President Nicholas Sarkozy, 8 December 2008] [2]

As my Administration has made clear, it is time for Robert Mugabe to go… We urge others from the region to step up and join the growing chorus of voices calling for an end to Mugabe’s tyranny. [US President George Bush, 9 December 2008] [3]


Remove Robert Mugabe from Zimbabwe to save African lives

leading article, Daily Telegraph , 8 December 2008

But given the lack of available British troops, and the potential for unfounded accusations of imperialism, it would be best for the British Government to push for a UN-sanctioned overthrow of Mr Mugabe, with – as Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga has urged – African Union troops taking a central role.


A Duty to Intervene

leading article, Times, 8 December 2008

Replacing the regime in Zimbabwe is a humanitarian imperative; the UK should support African calls for military intervention and offer supporting troops


Zimbabwe needs a political solution

leading article, Financial Times, 8 December 2008

Even as tens of thousands of Zimbabweans fall victim to cholera, the sad truth is that those governments in southern Africa capable of acting decisively against Robert Mugabe are unwilling to do so. Worse, some appear to be swinging back behind his vile regime… It is time for the wider world to stiffen the consequences of intransigence both by Mr Mugabe and by those southern African governments giving him succour.


His final call (again)

leading article, Guardian, 9 December 2008

South Africa could certainly make things worse in Zimbabwe, by cutting off or reducing fuel supplies or by closing the border, perhaps on the basis that it must guard against the spread of cholera. But what if that did not bring about a swift collapse of the regime but only an intensification of the sufferings of ordinary Zimbabweans?


Zimbabwe: the next step

leading article, Times, 9 December 2008

[South Africa] has the means, logistics and military back-up to lead any international intervention force. It should now be co-ordinating the proposed moves by the African Union and responding to the calls, from refugees and many South Africans, to rid the continent of this tyrant.



leading article, Independent, 12 December 2008

The leaders of Kenya and Botswana have both called on him to step down. The South African government, it is true, still refuses to join this chorus of disapproval… But the expected next leader of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, will take a much sterner approach to Mr Mugabe and his murderous regime. And if Mr Zuma is faced with a growing public health emergency on South Africa’s doorstep on taking office, the case for withdrawing all support will be overwhelming.

[9] http://www.independent.co.uk/


from the alternative media:

excerpt from ‘Cholera Outbreak Outcome of West’s War on Zimbabwe

by Stephan Gowans, Black Agenda Report, 10 December 2008

“Zimbabwe is facing multiple crises because of savage western assaults on its economy and the viability of its state machinery. The goal is regime change. U.S.-British sanctions against Zimbabwe are a form of warfare, like the sanctions that led to a million deaths in pre-invasion Iraq. The cholera outbreak is useful to Washington and London, making “Zimbabwe’s crisis international, because disease can cross borders.” If the destabilization of Zimbabwe is successful, other African nations “will back away from their own land reform and economic indigenization demands” – a victory for imperial supremacy.”


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2 thoughts on ““Robert Mugabe must go” – Comments by Brown, Sarkozy, Bush and the British press

  1. Africans generally deplore what is going on in Zimbabwe. However, students of African history are equally aware that the seed of the crisis in Zimbabwe was planted by the British. Just as they equally know that when it comes to African affairs, the EU, Britain and the US has no credibility. Their sordid record in Rwanda, Kenya, the Congo, Angola and Namibia completely disqualify them to lecture African leaders on what is good for them.

    Throughout the African people’s history of fighting for liberation and human dignity, each gain and breakthrough we have made was mainly due to our ability to overcome our enemy’s overt brutality, deceit and manipulation.Because the colonialists and imperialists have actively engaged in both our physical and mental oppression, the web of deception created by their Media and networks is a crucial and deadly weapon .

    The manner in which the European and British media have reported how cholera is spreading in Zimbabwe not only reveals they enjoy watching a people whom they cannot intimidate and control suffer, but even, more importantly, it is clearly a masquerade by supposedly compassionate human beings who have nothing to do with the problem.

    The Zimbabwean Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr David Parirenyatwa, and his staff deserve ultimate praise, not only for their tireless efforts to maintain Zimbabwe’s broken health infrastructure, but for having the courage and integrity to inform the world that the sanctions — and not negligence or bad governance — are the root cause for problems with the country’s health delivery system.

    While the cholera problem is tragic and deserves our immediate attention, the British government and its supporters (raila Odinga and Co), obsessed with illegal regime change in Zimbabwe, should be the last ones allowed to pass moral judgment on how President Mugabe and Zanu-PF deal with this matter.


  2. Only the people of Zimbabwe have any right to remove their government from power.

    France should remove Nicolas Sarkozy from power.
    England should remove Gordon Brown from power.

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