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Mugabe secretly arms Ivory Coast’s usurper president

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    A giant chartered Antonov An-22 cargo plane with Angolan markings delivered tons of weapons from Harare to Gbagbo


    Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe, is secretly arming Laurent Gbagbo, whose refusal to accept defeat in the presidential election in the Ivory Coast has brought his west African country to the brink of war.

    A giant chartered Antonov An-22 cargo plane with Angolan registration delivered tons of weapons from Harare to Gbagbo over Christmas and the new year, highly placed intelligence sources in Zimbabwe’s capital revealed last week.

    The aircraft took off from Manyame airbase outside Harare. The exact quantity of arms is not known but the Soviet-built Antonov can carry up to about 80 tons of cargo.
    Zimbabwean military and intelligence officials accompanied the weapons on the flight.

    Earlier, the sources said, the plane had flown into Manyame with a consignment of small arms, mortars and rockets from China — Mugabe’s chief arms supplier — for the Zimbabwean army.

    On Mugabe’s instructions, part of this shipment remained on board and was supplemented with more armaments from the stocks of Zimbabwe Defence Industries, the state arms maker. A few hours later the plane flew to the Ivory Coast where the cargo was secretly unloaded.

    Sources in Harare said that Mugabe, 86, had authorised the arms shipment after an appeal from Gbagbo for military assistance in return for oil. The sources said that a mysterious Chinese businessman — identified only as Sam Pa — had played a pivotal role in organising the shipment so that it could not be traced back to Mugabe.

    Sam Pa uses a variety of aliases. His main business interests are in oil in Angola but he has lately expanded into diamond-rich Zimbabwe, where he has established commercial relations with some of the most powerful figures in Mugabe’s inner circle.

    The clandestine arms delivery pits Mugabe against the United Nations, west African leaders and the African Union. The UN has 10,000 peacekeepers in the Ivory Coast and has had an arms embargo in force since 2002.

    International pressure is mounting on Gbagbo to hand over power peacefully to his rival, Alassane Ouattara, the would-be president, who won last November’s presidential election run-off, according to UN-verified results.

    Economic sanctions and diplomatic measures are favoured to get Gbagbo to step down but force has not been ruled out as a last resort.

    In the Ivory Coast, the army is the one part of the state machinery that has remained intensely loyal to the beleaguered Ivorian leader throughout the crisis.

    Arrangements for face-to-face talks between the two rivals have twice failed because the army has refused to lift a blockade around a luxury hotel in Abidjan, the commercial capital, where Ouattara is holed up. If fighting does break out, the arms sent by Mugabe could be a crucial boost for the troops willing to try to keep Gbagbo in power.

    SOUSCE: THE SUNDAY TIMES
     
  2. Njowepo

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    Uyu jamaa nae kapinda ndo maana Gabo ana kiburi kumbe ana support
     
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    Sasa Mzee mzima Mugabe anaweza kutuma silaha bila kumshirikisha waziri mkuu wake? Au na Morgan ana support Gagbo abakie madarakani?
    Kama ni kweli basi balaa kubwa!
     
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    mmh hapa panahitaji utulivu maana nchi nyingi zimehusishwa na kama ikiwa ni kweli basi kuna uwezekano wa kutoelewana kwa mataifa makubwa mawili na yenye nguvu duniani , haya yetu macho na masikio kama hizi shutuma ni za kweli..
     
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    yaani Mugabe amshirikishe Morgan wakati anajua kabisa wanapngana siku zote?
    hilo swala kama litakuwa limefanyika basi litakuwa limefanyika kwa njia ya siri kubwa mno...
     
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    Kinachoendelea huko Ivory Coast ni zaidi ya tunachosikia na kuona....tatizo kubwa ni France na UN...
     
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    France na UN ndio tatizo? Big joke.. Hata wanajeshi wa TZ wamo ndani ya UN Ivory Coast ...wote wapuuzi?.. Tatizo sio ufaransa, tatizo ni Gbagbo na utapeli wake... Gbagbo is running some lost and jaundiced pan-Africanist Agenda that only blind people would listen to. Afadhali ya Mugabe ana marafiki..Gbagbo kakachwa hata na Gadafii... Halafu, Mugabe hajesema chochote kuhusu Ivory Coast...
     
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    Wanapenda sana kumchafua the true son of africa. Angekuwa fisadi wangempata. Lakini kwa kuwa yeye anatanguliza maslahi ya taifa mbele, ndiyo maana hawamkamati na tuhuma ng'o.
     
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    Kuzitawala nchi za Kiafrica ni vigumu sana, afadhali uambiwe uhamishe Mlima Kilimanjaro uende Dar kupunguza joto!
     
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    Mimi nadhani the other way around.Africa ni raisi kutawala ukilinganisha na mabara mengine.Angalia mtu kama Tony Blair aliposhinda uPM alikuwa anaonekana kijana ali resign akiwa amechakaa,Mwangalie Obama sasa hivi.Linganisha na viongozi wa africa wakiingia madarakani na wakiondoka.

    Africa rais akishasema kitu hakuna wa kumpinga awe mwanasheria mkuu wa serikali au tume ya uchaguzi.Akiwa kimya kwenye mambo muhimu hakuna cha kumtisha


    Ni kwa muda gani tumekuwa tukiuliza wamilikiwa Dowans mpaka maji yalipofika shingoni ndio tumeletewa majina,watu wenyewe hakuna hata mtu ameshawaona.Kwa jinsi serikali ilivyo lihandle swala la Richmond na Dowans,nchi nyingine ungekuta rais siku nyingi ameshaondolewa na wengine wapo jela.
     
  11. Tanzanites

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    Lets prey that this internal conflict will not end with a regional war. West Africa has a history of very bloody wars fueled by other countries interest in their resources.
     
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    Mungu ibariki Ivory cost....urejeshe amani...
     
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    Don't believe everything the whites say about African leaders who do not behave the way the whites want.

    Mugabe's uchumi is choka mbaya and you expect him to give military support to Gbagbo?

    Changanya na zako!
     
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    Safi saaaaaaaaaaana Comrade Mugabe! Show them that We Can!
     
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    Kama ni kweli,nimeipenda sana...
     
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    I am not sure this is a white and black issue. It seems more like it is Nigeria that want to use force (Nigeria urges UN to authorise force in Ivory Coast - AFP). Do we really want another war in West Africa between brother nations. I hope that by the end of the day it will be the peoples will that shall conquer.
     
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    Pia Tanzania choka mbaya lakini wako tayari kuwalipa mafisadi bilioni 94,ndio sisi waafrika tulivyo.
     
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    If true the Mugabe's actions and that of other incumbent African sitting presidents is but a major shot-in-the-arm for democracy and its continued flourishing dreams.

    Cry Africa! Cry Freedom for the poor and impoverished! Cry Africa Union being turned into a shopping mall for state-power protectionism! Oooh my!!

    With these dropping tears ... !!!
     
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    Gbagbo clinging onto a seat he lost and Mugabe's apparent arm shipments would be a SHOT-IN-THE-HEAD for African democracy and dreams..
    If you actually knew Cote d'Ivoire, you would know that the "imperialists" have nothing to win or lose whether Gbagbo is her or not. You need to wake up from your sleep and realize that the problem in Cote d'Ivoire is someone trying to sell you some Jaundiced version of pan-Africanism that is way past its sell by date! wake up and go do your homework!
     
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