“There were serious differences, founded on principle, between President Mugabe and Col Gaddafi,” Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba told the latest edition of the state controlled Sunday Mail newspaper.
Charamba said the Zimbabwean leader clashed with Gaddafi over the latter’s cosy relationship with the West and his ambitious push to become leader of a “United States of Africa”.
“President Mugabe did not agree with Gaddafi when he opened his system to the West; from the military to the economy, in the name of rapprochement.”
Mugabe was however quick to condemn the western led onslaught on Libya that ended Gaddafi’s 42 year old iron fisted stranglehold on the North African country.
Gaddafi, once a thorn in the flesh to western governments, earning the name “mad dog” from former US President Ronald Regan, had abandoned his defiant stance and warmed up to western advances.
This left Mugabe perhaps the only vocal voice against western world dominance on the African continent.
Mugabe has previously labelled his African peers cowards for their apparent reluctance to join his anti-western neo-imperialism chorus. Most believe Mugabe would be trying to divert attention from his
Charamba said Mugabe admits “Libya experienced difficulties regarding democratic processes” in an indirect admission Gaddafi was a dictator.
Mugabe, whose government Friday stood adamant it was not going to accept the just witnessed western assisted regime change process in Libya, said Gaddafi’s push for a United States of Africa wasfar-fetched and “idealistic” given the different political dispensations in Africa.
But in spite of the ideological differences Mugabe latter developed with him, the veteran leader admitted he still had a soft spot for Gaddafi after the latter openly supported Zimbabwe’s violent seizure of white owned farmland for redistribution to the black majority.
“During the days of the land reform exercise, Gaddafi was one of the few African leaders who unambiguously lent support to the programme and proceeded to declare it in public,” Charamba said.
“He understood that it was the continuation of the liberation of Africans. He even sent some tillage units as a symbolic act to defy sanctions, which were meant to undermine the land reform. When Libya was under sanctions, our President took the same stance against its sanctions.”