Prayers for reconciliation

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's cornered regime last week pleaded with some obscure representatives of nine European countries who came to apologize for the sins of their ancestors, to ask their governments to lift sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.
Addressing the European-African Reconciliation

Process Prayer Network conference in Harare last week, Chris Seaton, leader of the nine representatives from Britain, France, Germany, America, Austria, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Belgium said they were in Zimbabwe to apologise on behalf of their ancestors who had “pillaged the continent, leading to Africa’s current underdevelopment”. Presented with such a rare occasion to push its anti-west propaganda which of late has had no takers, President Mugabe’s regime immediately seized the opportunity to flog its rhetoric that sanctions were hurting ordinary Zimbabweans.
The president of the Chiefs Council Fortune Charumbira said: “I am stunned by what I saw and I didn’t expect it to come from the arrogant whites, kneeling before us in typical African culture, asking for forgiveness for the sins committed by their ancestors to us.”
Charumbira said the European Christian representatives should call on their governments to remove “sanctions” imposed on the Zanu (PF) government because they were “hurting people.” An EU travel ban applies personally to government ministers and a few other individuals complicit in the abuse of human rights but is willfully misrepresented by the Mugabe regime as sanctions against Zimbabwe as a nation.
Former Mozambican President Joachim Chissano, who also attended the conference, said the reconciliatory initiatives being pursued were symbolic for Zimbabwe, “currently suffering the effects of unjust international relations.” President Mugabe, who was supposed to address the conference, did not turn up in as yet unclear circumstances. – Own corresponden

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