If we increase people’s salaries today, you see them doubling the prices of goods in shops as if to say we want to drain every last dollar they have. It is in such ways that we see some industrialists here pushing for regime change and we have to look out for them. So now we are going to make things hard for each other. There is not going to be any more playing, let those in industry, those in commerce, those elsewhere – producers and retailers – take note. The nonsense of escalating prices has got to come to an end immediately,”
We owe it to ourselves and to posterity to guard jealously our hard-won independence. The country is now ours, the land is now ours and the mineral and other natural resources are today ours. Zimbabwe, from that point of view, is not a poor country by any stretch of imagination and ours is now to work hard to turn around the country’s economic fortunes.
And let us be very clear on this one – no one else can do it except ourselves. Even those who might promise that they will give us lots of money if we abide by regime change, in the end will never honour their promises. And who are they, after all, to want to decide for us which way we shall follow; to want to decide for us who shall be our leaders, to want to decide for us what destiny we shall follow?
They don’t understand that they no longer rule Zimbabwe and that we are now Independent. It is no longer Blair’s Zimbabwe; it is now the Zimbabwe of the Mugabes, the Msikas and the Mujurus. It is our, but they don’t want to see it it that way. So they formet a war and that is where these sanctions are coming from.
And now the bushes of this world take up the matter in Washington. They see their buddy Blair crying and say: “We don’t care why he is crying” All they want is to know what they can do for their friend, and hence they too can impose sanctions.
Some don’t understand this and say “remove Mugabe and things will be okay”. And do they are sent to demonise their government. Some accept money thinking that what the British and Americans say will come to pass.
We are our own liberators to the end. We died, suffered and died for our struggle. Brig-Gen Gunda is one of those young men who sacrificed their lives. He’s one of those who came back after a long, very protracted struggle which saw them suffer in the bush, which saw them face the enemy, which saw them also confront the enemy.
Those who declare themselves enemies to us have done so on their own and not becouse we have declared them enemies. but we stand for our right, we stand by that which is ours; our country, our country’s interest. Our Zimbabwe. And we know that through dedication, through sacrifice, through loyalty to the country, our loyalty also to ourselves, we succeed. We will conquer.
Those who lie against us do so in vain. Yes, it may take time for the truth to emerge but you still stand by what is true. You stand by what is true and one day instead of what is commonly known as “might is right”, right will be might. The truth is right and right will be might. So let us be true people, let us be honest people, let us avoid hypocrisy, and let us be true to ourselves and to our people.
An abridged version of President Mugabe’s speech on the burial of the national hero, Brig-Gen Armstrong P. Gunda, on 27 June