08 August 2011
As the country marked Heroes Day, Robert Mugabe used the occasion to make fresh threats to punish foreign owned companies from Western countries that have imposed targeted sanctions on him and his key ZANU PF officials. The US and European Union slapped the sanctions on Mugabe and his cronies because of human rights abuses.
According to Reuters, Mugabe told thousands who attended Heroes Day celebrations that: “We can’t continue to receive the battering of sanctions without hitting back. We have to hit back.”
“We will have to discriminate against countries that have imposed sanctions against us. Why do we need companies like Rio Tinto? If they are to continue mining, then the sanctions must go,” he said.
He has previously called for a boycott of products from foreign countries who back the sanctions, which he says have hurt the country’s shaky economy.
Analysts have said Mugabe’s regular threats do not help the country’s economy as they scare off badly needed foreign investors.