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Program No. 713
“Interview: M.J. Mapuranga, Zimbabwe Ambassador to the U.S.”

On April 12, 2008, Dr. Machivenyika J. Mapuranga, the Zimbabwean Ambassador the United States, gave an interview to the LaRouche Show, the weekly internet radio program. Host Lawrence Freeman was joined by LaRouche Youth Movement member from Zimbabwe, Portia Tarumbwa Strid by telephone from Berlin.

In a world in the throws of a melt-down of the global financial system, where City of London financiers are looking for control, looking to save their system, while instigating destabilizations, potentially leading to wars, certainly including Africa, host Freeman begins the discussion with a question to Dr. Mapuranga on the status of the recent elections for President and Parliament in Zimbabwe.

Ambassador Mapuranga discusses the elections as a “culmination of the process started in March 2007, when the heads of state and government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) met, and issued a communiqué in which they requested the President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, to play the part of facilitator—some say even mediator—in talks between the ruling party, ZANU-PF, and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).”

The talks resulted in Amendment 18 to the Zimbabwean Constitution, which cut the Presidential term from six to five years, and stipulates a maximum of two terms. It also created Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), with two members each nominated by the opposition party and by the ruling party.

Amb. Mapuranga, after outlining the course of the recent elections, held according to ZEC rules, details a lot of interference by British, who “if you listen to some of the debates that go on in the House of Lords, you would in fact get convinced that as far as they’re concerned, Zimbabwe is not yet an independent sovereign state.”

There follows a discussion of the history of colonial Africa, going back to 1890, up through 14-year War of Liberation, and the continuing scramble for the “treasure trove” of raw materials in Zimbabwe.

Portia Tarumbwa Strid intervenes at this point, on President Robert Mugabe’s land reform policy, and similar policies to redress the disgusting British policies of forced starvation, wars, and disease: “Any government that tries to go against globalization, or against the IMF, or against the British Empire, will get crushed.”

This allowed the Ambassador to elaborate. “The economy we inherited was an integral part of the Anglo-American economy, and so, very vulnerable to sanctions, including ‘regime change’”

There is a new determination of African countries, however, to take their destiny into their own hands. The problem is, they are not getting any help from the West.

Dr. Mapuranga: “As far as the British are concerned—and Kenya was a British colony—it doesn’t really matter if it is Raila Odinga in power, or Mwai Kibaki—both of them are very close allies of the British. In Zimbabwe, it is different. We are talking of two different paradigms of development. On the one hand, you have a puppet party, which takes instructions from London, the MDC, which is funded by London; and on the other, you have the party of nationalists that spearheaded the liberation war, and is saying that the indigenous people should also have a say in the ownership of land, and the mineral resources. They cannot just continue to be laborers in the mines of the British, or on British farms.”

In answer to Ms. Tarumbwa Strid’s plea to help Zimbabwe build highways, railways, canal systems, doubling its food production, introducing nuclear irradiation for food preservation, and nuclear power, especially the fourth generation Pebble Bed reactor being built in South Africa for power and desalination, Amb. Mapuranga responded: “I agree entirely. But you have a situation where the Bush Administration arrogates to itself the power to say who should have access to nuclear technology, and who should not. That’s a big problem. We have a Ministry of Water Development, which is concerned with building dams and singing bore-holes for irrigation purposes.”

[For a complete transcript of the interview, see EIR magazine, Vol. 35, No. 17, April 25, 2008. Pp. 48-56.]

Release Date: April 28, 2008

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