Masvingo – PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe Friday distributed bananas, cassava, maize and clothes to the people of Gutu in Masvingo, claiming the “illegal sanctions imposed” on Zimbabwe “by the west” were hampering development in the country.
Mugabe was in Gutu to pay condolences following the passing on of his uncle.
According to social welfare minister, Prisca Mupfumira, Mugabe donated 90 tonnes of maize, 50 bales of clothes, and 30 tonnes of bananas and cassava. The minister said government was going to launch phase one of feeding school children with maize, rice and other food stuffs throughout the country.
On taking to the podium, Mugabe launched into a tirade saying colonial rule was a thing of the past and would never haunt Zimbabwe again.
“We will fight for our freedom and our land. Zimbabwe will never be a colony again,” said Mugabe. The veteran leader claimed that the opposition was bent on returning land to the whites adding that the parties were always fighting Zanu PF and not the whites.
“Opposition want whites to come back and take back our land. That’s what we don’t want. Land belongs to our people. Those whom we gave large pieces of land and are inviting back whites to work with them, we don’t want that and to those who are doing that we will not hesitate to take back that land,” threatened Mugabe.
The veteran leader also said as Africa was affected by drought his government had made plans to purchase food supplies from elsewhere and was only facing transport problems.
Mugabe urged people to take up the food for work programme and earn a living for themselves.
On corruption, Mugabe said those who were corruptly grabbing and redistributing land “must stop”.
Meanwhile, Mugabe has confirmed that his daughter Bona is now a mother having delivered a baby boy in Singapore a few weeks ago.
– New Zimbabwe