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Cablegate: Media Reaction President Bush's Visit to Africa;

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170917Z Jul 03

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TAGS: PREL KPAO KMDR ZI
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION PRESIDENT BUSH'S VISIT TO AFRICA;
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1. Under headline "Liars like Bush annihilate themselves"
the ruling ZANU-PF weekly mouthpiece "The People's Voice"
dedicated its July 13 editorial to criticizing the United
States policy towards Zimbabwe. Excerpts:

2. ". . .Since when (has) Britain and the U. S. started
caring for the human rights of Zimbabweans. . .The
U. S. and Britain waged a war for regime change in
Iraq in order to have monopoly over that country's
oil. Now they are shifting their attention to
Zimbabwe, which they would like to rule through
pseudo democracy. . .The reason being touted to the
world in Zimbabwe is that there are human rights
violations when infact these two western leaders
(President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister
Tony Blair) are against black ownership of
land. . .The calls for regime change in Zimbabwe are
aimed at achieving the reversal of the land reform
program so that Western individuals and institutions
have direct and indirect control of the
resource. . .Bush and Blair should be reminded that
whatever they do, Zimbabwe will always and forever
be for Zimbabweans. . . ."

SULLIVAN

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