Zimbabwe`s Mugabe attacks West at sister`s burial

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe said on Sunday the death of his sister robbed him of one of his closest friends and allies in his lifelong fight against colonial era rule and Western dominance in Africa.

Updated: Aug 02, 2010, 00:26 AM IST

Harare: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe said
on Sunday the death of his sister robbed him of one of his closest
friends and allies in his lifelong fight against colonial era
rule and Western dominance in Africa.

In an emotional and angry address at the state funeral of
Sabina Mugabe, 80, President Mugabe attacked the West and said
after his sister`s death Thursday he will not abandon their
cause.

"To hell" with Europeans and Americans opposed to his
rule, he said. "We say to hell, hell, hell with them. They
will not decide who is going to lead the people of Zimbabwe."
US Ambassador Charles Ray left the funeral during
Mugabe`s address, but later refused to comment on his action.

Sabina Mugabe retired from Parliament in 2008 after a
lifetime in politics alongside Mugabe. She was buried at
Heroes Acre, a national shrine for loyalist politicians and
fallen guerrillas from the liberation war that ended white
rule in Zimbabwe in 1980.

Mugabe on Sunday accused the West of imposing sanctions
on his nation to force his ouster.

Since a power sharing deal formed a coalition government
last year with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the former
opposition leader, Zimbabwe has campaigned for the lifting of
travel, banking and business bans and other sanctions
targeting Mugabe and some 200 of his party leaders and
associates.

PTI