Zimbabwe asks Bush to leave office quietly
www.chinaview.cn 2008-12-23 18:36:28   Print

    HARARE, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Zimbabwean government has asked outgoing U.S. President George Bush to leave office quietly and allow the incoming administration of President-elect Barrack Obama to develop its own policy on Zimbabwe, The Chronicle reported on Tuesday.

    Zimbabwe's Minister of Information and Publicity Sikhanyiso Ndlovu said this in response to remarks attributed to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Jendayi Fraser that her government no longer supported the power sharing agreement signed by Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and opposition leaders on Sept. 15.

    She was speaking in Pretoria, South Africa on Sunday.

    Ndlovu reiterated the Zimbabwean government's position that foreigners have no right of judging Zimbabwean affairs.

    "Frazer and the outgoing U.S. administration must not continue to sow seeds of hatred between our government and the Zimbabwean people," said Ndlovu.

    "They must leave office in peace and give Obama the chance and time to make his own assessment of the situation in our country and build bridges. President Mugabe has always said he is willing to build bridges with any well-meaning country or people including SADC (the Southern African Development Community), the African Union and the United Nations," he said.

    Ndlovu said President Bush sought to remove President Mugabe's democratically elected government before his term elapses next month, however, it is clear that President Mugabe will remain in office as the American president leaves.

    "Frazer thinks she is firing parting shots at us, but she is only firing blanks while the government of Zimbabwe is firing real shots against imperialism," Ndlovu was quoted as saying.

    Britain, the United States and their European allies have in recent weeks heightened their propaganda war against Zimbabwe, using the cholera epidemic that has killed about 1,000 people, according to the report.

Editor: Deng Shasha
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