Sunday, September 27, 2009

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's Interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour (Transcript and Video)

Click this sentence for the FULL TRANSCRIPT of the Robert Mugabe interview with Christiane Amanpour. One highlight (or lowlight depending on your perspective) is quoted below.

MUGABE: I will never, never, never, never surrender. Zimbabwe is mine. I am an Zimbabwean. Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans. Zimbabwe never for the British. Britain for the British.

AMANPOUR: Is that just political rally rhetoric or -- or did you mean that? What did you mean?

MUGABE: That Zimbabwe belongs to the Zimbabwean people.

AMANPOUR: Right. Do you consider...

MUGABE: Pure and simple.

AMANPOUR: ... and everybody believes that?

MUGABE: Yes. All people believe it.

AMANPOUR: So do you consider white Zimbabweans to be Zimbabweans?

MUGABE: Those who are naturalized and have citizenship, yes.

AMANPOUR: Those who've been living there for years and years and years?

MUGABE: But historically...


MUGABE: ... historically, they have a debt.

AMANPOUR: The people who -- contributing to farming -- historically they have a debt to pay?

MUGABE: Yes, yes, their land. They -- they occupied the land illegally. They seized the land from our people.

Source: CNN

1 comment:

Kelvin said...

I have a lot of respect for the above mentioned journalist,however how she conducted her interview of president Robert Mugambe was atrocious.
President Mugambe is an elderly man and a leader of a sovereign country and for just these two reasons he should have been accorded a modicum of respect from Ms Amanpour.
All along in the interview she cut the humble looking president mid sentence.Additionally she always dressed him down.
Mugambe was there to explain his policies,unfortunately it seemed like he was there to defend them.
At least Ms Amanpour should have conceded that sanctions contributed to the deplorable situation in Zimbabwe.History is replete with so many examples of adverse effects of economic sanctions,
Two wrongs don't make a right. However it should also be aired that the colonialist took the land from Africans by force.And the origin countries encourage these wrongs on the black African.
Hope next time Ms Amanpour.

Mbela ,Fred