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German envoy among diplomats told to 'go to hell' by Mugabe

AFP · 4 Aug 2010, 08:06

Published: 04 Aug 2010 08:06 GMT+02:00

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The envoys from Germany, the European Union and the United States left early from the funeral Sunday for Sabina Mugabe, which foreign minister Samuel Mumbengegwi said was "unacceptable and will not be tolerated."

"Your conduct was therefore very disrespectful to our national heroes’ shrine, the heroine who was being honoured and his excellency the president," he said in a statement. "We are disappointed that you chose such a bad occasion to show your disrespect for Zimbabwe, its leaders, its fallen heroes and its people."

On Sunday, Zimbabwe's veteran leader lashed out at the West for maintaining sanctions on Zimbabwe and meddling its politics.

"They say 'remove so and so,' Of course they mean 'Mugabe must go before we can assist you," Mugabe said at burial of his sister. "To hell with them. Hell, hell, hell with them whoever told them they are above the people of Zimbabwe that they decide what Zimbabwe should be and by who it should be ruled."

Mumbengegwi said the diplomats had left shortly after Mugabe's speech, despite that a programme had been provided to them which "clearly indicated" when proceedings would come to an end.

"If you decide to attend such functions in future, you are expected to show respect and observe the protocol befitting these important occasions."

However, US ambassador Charles Ray said he left because he could not stand the attacks from Mugabe.

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"When America is treated in the manner it was treated on Sunday, I will react," Ray told reporters.

Relations between Harare and Western capitals have been tense for 10 years since elections marred by violence and widespread allegations of human rights abuses by Mugabe's government.

In February, the EU renewed sanctions against Mugabe and his inner circle for another year, citing a lack of progress in implementing political and human rights reforms.

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08:50 August 4, 2010 by snorge
To hell with him. Hell, hell, hell. lol...
10:33 August 4, 2010 by freechoice
Go to hell? Hell is already in Zimbabwe, I am surprised a highly educated man like him fail to understand this simple logic...
12:58 August 4, 2010 by LancashireLad
It's not that he doesn't understand the logic - don't forget he is the man who made Zimbabwe the hell that it is.

I stand by what the envoys did.
14:23 August 4, 2010 by martell

Let us help get the last "white devils" (farmers) out here *immediately* and lock the door behind them.

We will see who will go to hell then, dieing of hunger in eternal clan wars.
16:37 August 4, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
The story reads "Charles Ray said he left because he could not stand the attacks from Mugabe."

This was my first thought that he was spewing trash talk toward those that oppose him. What a sad position to be put in. To be forced to attend a funeral of the sister of a dictator! Why would he want them there?
22:40 August 4, 2010 by wxman
What a lovable despot! Poor Hugo Chavez tries desperately to run the Venezualan economy into the ground in short order, but is frustrated that his efforts so far have not been as effective as Mugabe's. Don't try this at home; leave it to the masters. Rhodesia was the breadbasket of Africa, now it can't even feed itself! Can't compete with that.
11:57 August 6, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Why is Mugabe still allowed to live?
18:25 August 6, 2010 by recherche
It beggars belief that Mugabe survives. I mean I would like him to be pensioned off, but the real thing is he is lead in the saddle bags and should be shot [or whatever]. He is guilty of crimes against humanity, and an execution now seems to be the rational way forward. He is mad and bad.
23:42 August 6, 2010 by HANNIBAL-BARCA
"Better to starve free than be a fat slave."-- Aesop - (c. 550 B.C.) legendary Greek fabulist

While all of you are too confident in your execution of Mugabe, please remember that it took a Black Devil like Mugabe to overthrow the White Devils that stole the land of the indigenous population.

Unfortunately this isn't the proper forum to address propaganda spouted from moles.
11:23 August 7, 2010 by temanaroa
I can´t understand it

Much better politicians have been removed from society by means of the bullet or the noose. Yet Mugabe is still around!....Shoot the f.....ng BASTARD!
11:51 August 7, 2010 by Deutschguy
I hereby authorize my US tax dollars to be used to take this guy permanently out.
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