DAR ES SALAAM,
February 19 (Xinhuanet) -- Tanzanian President
Benjamin Mkapa Tuesday urged
Africans to say no to European Union's
machinations to partition the African
continent in Brussels,
Belgium now just as they did at Berlin, Germany in
Mkapa made the remarks when addressing a public rally at
Tarakea in Rombo district in northern Kilimanjaro region where he
a working tour.
"As you have heard about Zimbabwe (and the EU's
impose sanctions), it seems they want to divide Africa at
in 2002 just as they did in Berlin in 1884. Africans must say No!
No! No!" he stressed.
Mkapa insisted that an independent
nation is independent, its
leaders deserve respect and its people are free
to make decisions
on their own free will and not by being directed
He assured Zimbabweans that Tanzanians support
them and as an
independent nation they should decide on their own
"You should decide on your own. Don't be bulldozed
second Berlin conference," he said.
He said it was
impossible in the year 2002 for Brussels to act
as the 1884 Berlin
conference where the African continent was
partitioned into small
"This is neo-colonialism and economic colonialism. How
grown people belittle President Robert Mugabe, the head of state
of an independent nation. This is neo-colonialism, we (Africans)
reject it," he stressed.
The Tanzanian president said it was at
the 1884 Berlin
conference where Africa was divided by European nations
"We fought for independence, won it
we tried and do try to
build the economy, and govern ourselves in line with
democracy. But the decision still resides with us," he said.
In their latest meeting, the EU foreign ministers has imposed
sanctions on Zimbabwe, targeting President Mugabe and other
government leaders in retaliation of Zimbabwe's decision to expel
the head of the EU election observer mission from Harare.
Zimbabwe has criticized the sanctions describing them as
Speaking on foreign assistance to Tanzania, Mkapa reminded the
donor community that the government would not allow assistance to
the country's independence and its integrity.
countries and donors did not decide how Tanzanians
can attain their
independence; they decided on their own," Mkapa
said. "In that same vein
foreign powers will not be allowed to
dictate how Tanzania can develop,
defend and protect their