ADDIS ABABA: INCOMING African Union (AU) Chairman, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, has hailed the discovery of vast oil resources in the continent, which he said colonialists missed.
In his acceptance speech, Mugabe sang the praises of Equatorial Guinea which is among countries that have discovered oil in recent years.
“….and as fortune would have it, Equatorial Guinea has discovered oil. They are not the only ones who have had this recent fortune, oil as others have been discovering oil, oil, oil and oil, which the blind eyes of colonialists missed.
“It was the handiwork of God (Jehovah God), we thank Him,” Mugabe said to the applause of delegates in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Mugabe blasted the West’s divisive role on Africa. He said the sole purpose was to plunder the continent’s mineral resources. He thus called on fellow African leaders to jealously utilise their minerals to benefit their people.
Mugabe is demonised in the West after he repossessed, at the turn of the millennium, land from mainly white commercial farmers for redistribution among blacks.
With his appointment as chair of the AU, analysts said the international community will watch closely how the African politics would be shaped during his year-long tenure.
Meanwhile, Mugabe congratulated Equatorial Guinea for coming to the rescue of the Confederation of African Football (CAF)’s hosting of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) following the Ebola outbreak.
Morocco, which had won the right to host the African football showcase pulled out at the last minute.
“Let me congratulate Equatorial Guinea for having agreed to host our soccer event,” the veteran leader said.
SOURCE: CAJ News Agency