Robert Mugabe: A Master of Irony and Satire
By Audrey Charowa
Zimbabwe’s 88year old President used his speech at the 67th Annual Security Council meeting at the United Nations in New York this week to attack NATO States as “Warmongers”. Although, they’ve killed far less people than Zimbabwe’s 5th Brigade. Mugabe claimed they were “inspired by the arrogant belief that they are the most powerful among us”. The theme chosen for this session, by recently elected President of the General Assembly, Mr Vuk Jeremic was “Bringing about Adjustment or Settlement of International Disputes or Situations by Peaceful Means”
Mugabe who is still incensed by the death of fellow despot and long-time ally, Muammar Gaddafi of Libya condemned what he termed a “might is now right” policy and an “insatiable appetite for war”. The Irony of Mugabe’s speech could not have been lost on his listeners. He attacked NATO countries for doing much less than he does. The so called “warmongering” in Libya was just simply an international response to augment the voice of the marginalised youth of Libya who were clamouring for the rights to make their own destiny and to be heard by their own government.
AWARD WINNING PERFORMANCE
Mugabe’s deadpan performance belied his mirth. Watching him you could almost accept as true that he believed the words that were coming out of his mouth.
In what appeared to be a moment of clarity Mugabe took the UN to task on the lack representation of Africa in the Security Council. He said “For how long, Mr President, [Vuk Jeremic ] will the international community continue to ignore the aspirations of a whole continent of fifty-four countries? …It is indeed a travesty of justice that the African continent, which accounts for almost a third of the membership represented in this august Assembly, has no permanent representation in the Security Council.”
THE USUAL SUSPECTS
True to form former US President, George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair made a cameo appearance in Mugabe’s speech. The former leaders were jointly accused of an “illegal campaign of aggression against Iraq” that resulted in a worsening of “the conflict between the Sunnis and Shi’ites. Clearly the octogenarian had forgotten his own war in the Democratic Republic of Congo between 1998-2001.
In closing Mugabe said “Allow me to conclude by reaffirming Zimbabwe’s commitment to the principles that have brought us together in the United Nations for the last 67 years.” Principles? This coming after blowing a reported $7million on a trip to Brazil with a delegation of almost 100 then claiming there was no money for By-Elections and no drinking water in Zimbabwe’s largest cities. Surely this is another case of the pot calling the kettle black?