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"We donít want Zimbabwe to be in the hands of Blair and Bushís puppets"

President Mugabe at an election rally at Chivhu,
reported in The Herald, 29 March 2005.

Jan 18, 2005, Bush's Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice identified six countries as "outposts of tyranny" where the US must help bring freedom. Zimbabwe was included with Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Burma and Belarus.

The words of Rice give President Mugabe the opportunity to turns the elections once more into a struggle against foreign "imperialists" and the like. They are also irritating key southern African leaders like South African President Mbeki, highly critical of any US push for "regime change". Furthermore, they are an embarrassment to the countries of the European Union who now think a change of government helped by outside forces will not be possible in the near future.

July 2003, Bush visits Mbeki. They said they agree over policy on Zimbabwe

(photo Elske Kritzinger, Beeld)

RiceTestimony20050118.pdf (53 Kb) - at the US Senate Commission on Foreign Relations, 2005-01-18.
Reaction Zimbabwe Foreign Affairs Minister Stan Mudenge, 22 Jan 2005.
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2004, US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, February 28, 2005.

More publications on the relation Zimbabwe - US.


February 24, 2005
Zimbabwe: Outpost of Tyranny Or Democracy? - / The Daily News

February 22, 2005
Mbeki criticises US over Zimbabwe - BBC News

Februari 16, 2005
Rice Sets Out Administration's Foreign Affairs Budget Priorities - / United States Department of State

January 25, 2004
Condoleezza Rice's Remark Riles Zimbabwe - / New Era

January 19, 2005
At-a-glance: 'Outposts of tyranny' - BBC News