I urge the American Ambassador, Mr Christopher Dell, to look
at what happened in Guatemala in the 1950s.
In that country, a man called Jacopo Arbenz was elected
president in an election that was hailed as a model of the
Arbenz had his poor people at heart but his land reform
programme was met with stiff resistance, not from the
Guatemalans but from a company called United Fruit.
This company lobbied and claimed in the United States that
Arbenz was part of a Soviet plan and Guatemala was a Soviet
United Fruit was the largest and one of the most oppressive
landholders in Guatemala. Guatemala City was bombed by US
planes and the democratically elected president was
overthrown and replaced by a dictator called Carlos Castillo
Armas then reversed the land reform programme implemented by
My question to Mr Dell is: Who overthrew the democratically
elected president of Guatemala? Was it the people of
Guatemala or a company called United Fruit?
It is interesting to note that United Fruit was owned by
Zapata Oil, a company that belonged to George Bush, who at
that time was the US ambassador to the United Nations.
Mr Dell has been trying to lecture to our President about
human rights and the rule of law. Which human rights can Mr
Dell preach to Zimbabweans? What democracy can be taught by
the Americans if we take into account what happened in
Mr Dell, what happened to men of virtue, men of principles,
men who used to honour their obligations to serve their
Here I am talking about Jaime Roldos, president of Ecuador;
and Omar Torrijos, president of Panama.
Both died in mysterious air crashes in 1981 because they
stood up for the rights of their people.
Mr Dell, please be advised that Zimbabwe is a sovereign state
and not an extension of the US. Zimbabweans are not second-
class citizens who are answerable to Americans.
You accuse Zimbabwe of human rights abuses, but how do you
justify your government’s bombing of civilians in Panama in
1989 just to get at one man — General Noriega? What an
impeccable human rights record your government has!
I urge all Zimbabweans not to take seriously what these
emissaries from hell preach.
Our President is a symbol of life for all the Africans, so
let’s rally behind him.
Tsvangirai, it’s high time you reconsidered your position.
It’s up to you to dine with the Americans or not, but if you
do, then you ought to have a mighty long spoon.
You allege the Zimbabwean Press is gagged, but did the deaths
of Roldos and Torrijos make it in the American Press?
Such tragic deaths were never reported in a Press which is
said to acknowledge freedom of the Press. I had to apologise
on your behalf for entering a restricted area.
I told my friends that despite those credentials you
presented to the Honourable President of Zimbabwe, you are
Baba Julie — Harare.