Diplomats Walk Out On Mugabe
Diplomatic envoys from the US, EU, and Germany walked out on Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe after he told them their countries should “go to hell” during a speech Sunday.
While speaking at the funeral of his sister Sabina, Mugabe drifted off into a rant against Western sanctions on Zimbabwe for its racist land-grab of White farms.
“They say ‘remove so and so’ – of course, they mean ‘Mugabe must go before we can assist you’,” he said.
“To hell with them. Hell, hell, hell with them whoever told them they are above the people of Zimbabwe that they decide what Zimbabwe should be and by who it should be ruled.”
At that point, the envoys walked out.
Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi said the envoys’ decision to walk out was “unacceptable” and demanded an apology.
US Ambassador Charles Ray told the BBC he walked out because he was “very disappointed” in Mugabe’s conduct.
“When America is treated in the manner it was treated on Sunday, I will react,” he said.