New Zim nationalisation threat

2010-12-17 15:31

Mutare - President Robert Mugabe told his party conference on Friday that British and US companies in Zimbabwe would be nationalised if sanctions against the country were not dropped.

"Why should we continue to have 400 British companies operating here freely?" Mugabe said to an audience of more than 4 000 Zanu-PF party members in the eastern city of Mutare.

"Why should we continue having companies and organisations that are supported by Britain and America without hitting back? Time has come for us to revenge," he said, referring to laws that allow him to take the companies over.

"We can read the riot act and say this is 51% we are taking and if the sanctions persist we are taking over 100%."


  • Tae - 2010-12-17 15:46


  • Mokone - 2010-12-17 15:48

    Uncle Bob is either (recklesslly) playing the populist card or he has lost it completely

  • R Vermaak - 2010-12-17 15:48

    Cut your nose to spite your face, Bob.

  • William - 2010-12-17 16:07

    Bob's being imperialistic.

  • jay - 2010-12-17 16:11

    somebody pls shut this guy up

  • Topsey Krette - 2010-12-17 16:12

    I think Bob is running out of options.

  • Willie kruger - 2010-12-17 16:14

    The butcher of Zimbabwe will take it in any case, dont give in, let we remember him as the ultimate destroyer of the country and it's people, viva Freedom, viva SANU, viva Roberto

  • Ngena - 2010-12-17 16:16

    For a change I totally agree with the president. If the British and the Americans are so racist and sideline our country then why not? Our people are so poor because of this colonialists and now we are expected to let them exploate us while they do what they want ! Go for it you excellency,go for it . . .

  • Green - 2010-12-17 16:18

    The Solution is for US and EU to remove sanctions imposed on Zimbabwean companies. Why would they expect their companies to enjoy profits from Zimbabwean resources when Zimbabwean companies are not allowed to enjoy the same freedom in US and Europe ? In the interest of fair trade companies should be allowed to operate freely they be American, European or Zimbabwean.

  • Minnlie - 2010-12-17 16:25


  • Prof - 2010-12-17 16:37

    He and his one blanket chummies has lost their marbles long ago. Just another nail in the cofin

  • SHane - 2010-12-17 16:44

    Ha ha..all that he will be taking is the buildings that they operate from and some stock. 400 companies will go bankrupt and more people will be unemployed. LOL LOL LOL lOL

  • dvr - 2010-12-17 16:45

    And still Africa and our banana govt supports this moron. LOL

  • Ben - 2010-12-17 16:55

    Hahaha! Bob = WIN

  • Smiler - 2010-12-17 16:59

    Somethiug tells me the sanctions are now biting deep and if there is to be an election next year he now needs to build up some kind of defense for his starving follwers to believe so they don't blame him. Making the US and UK the scapegoat is an ideal foil.

  • zimbo - 2010-12-17 17:32

    Either way no solution is going to come out of it. His got money coming from the diomands of the chimanimani fields. He is going to keep his for as long there are diomands there and those diomands are making profits. People who built the mines worked hard and going to lsoe out but not as much as the common people because with too many people in power comes no order.

  • chantal - 2010-12-17 17:32

    Mugabe is the person who is missing the gravy but, where is the rest of the government? or does he really still have absolute power? do we need to ask?

  • KTM Mzansi - 2010-12-17 17:38

    Why steal other people's things Mr President. We are going to vote you out next year. We also want you to be hauled to the SADC Summit and charged for your crimes against humanity. You are a high profile international criminal!!!!

  • Geo Farmer - 2010-12-17 17:39

    Sanctions are working!!! Mad BOB is squirming. Let this be a message to our corrupt REGIME. The way they are looting the coffers it won't be long before sanctions will be implemented against them.

  • Mark - 2010-12-17 18:00

    Didn't this guy loose the elections. What is with all this draconian banter from this windbag? Africa is probably the only continent, where losing an election doesnt necesarily mean you lose the election. So much for democracy in Africa.

  • eh - 2010-12-17 18:11

    Huh???? From what planet is Green & Ngena. With morons like these no wonder mad Bob is still in power. I thought Zim had a good education system, but they must have slipped through the cracks

  • shak - 2010-12-17 19:04

    bob , you go , i support you , tell them to get out , people will learn to mine them selves , no one needs them , they poluted our water in jhb , save your people from there slavery , get rid of them , ...

  • jaybee - 2010-12-17 21:50

    bob has a brain problem. His left brain has nothing rite in it and his right brain has nothing left in it

  • Safire - 2010-12-17 22:06

    He was pleased for the EU and USA to invest and create jobs and run profitable buisinesses but now that the vultures have stripped the carcass to the bone they are eyeing these companies with greed. Of course it wont be long before these companies pack up and leave then less people will have work because Mugabe can not run a bath let allone a buisiness. It is now his only means to drum up support.

  • Gustav Strydom - 2010-12-18 11:47

    I can not understand why there are sanctions against Zimbabwe. It is not like Robert is feeling it. He just steal from the masses. It is not like his people can vote him out of power. They have tried. The Sanctions only hurt normal Zimbaweans. If the world is not going to do any thing about his illegal rule of that country they should also stop punishing ordinary Zimbabweans. Not a big UN force is needed to remove him from power and to instill democracy.

  • Hannes - 2010-12-18 15:44

    Bob, now you know what we Afrikaners had to deal with all these years. 110 years ago they came to take our Republics on a pretense. They also put you in power on the pretense of caring for your people. In the end it was all about stealing the resources in the ground and only that. I hope you realize now that the only true white friends you had on this continent were the Boers such as Verwoerd. Nationalize away..

  • Chris - 2010-12-18 16:51

    @ Green & Ngena. Poor because of the colonists? It takes skill and knowledge to mine resources. These resources were in the ground from the beginning of time and you have walked barefoot over them without knowing that they have value and that there are developed economies that can use them. Get some skill and use it to DEVELOP something and stop bitching about countries that do. The resources are worth nothing to you 3000 m underground.

  • jaycee - 2010-12-18 18:51

    In desperation I sometimes think that everything in Zim must simply be given totally to this despot and his cronies. They going to destroy everything in the end anyway.

  • africa - 2010-12-18 19:28

    Uncle Bob is just waiting for his death now because it seems all countries and leaders have failed to remove him. Mugabe is a very consistent leader and has proved to be clever than a lot of African and International politicians (even Dell said it in his Wikileaks emails). They all predicted the fall of Zimbabwe 10 years ago but Zimbabwe is still going strong. They tried using opposition leaders but they are slowly discovering that Zimbabwe has a leadership vaccum. Now with the diamonds and other minerals it seems western governments are afraid china will benefit alone. Anglo, Implats, Rio Tinto are all in Zimbabwe for the minerals even if they say Zim is under sanctions. Uncle Bob will take those companies as he did with the land. I know a lot of black Zimbabwean business people who will happily take those companies and then trade with China which seems to be taking over African resources. Some companies will fail but some will succeed and life goes on. More Zimbos will flock to SA and life goes on. We all now wait for the death of Mugabe and the hope that we will have a better replacement to Mugabe.

  • Dave Cartwright - 2010-12-19 05:41

    There are no sanctions against Zim per se but there travel ban on certian politicians and this irks Mugabe. He certainly has destroyed that country it is run down. Zimbabwe is fast becoming a country that the British colonised about 1896, that is why Mugabe recieves standing ovations at SADC & AU conferences he has just about destroyed every bit of Western culture, it is now a pre colonised nothing. But in African eyes Mugabe is a chief (the first democraticaally elected President) and in African culture a chief cannot be removed.

  • Freddie - 2010-12-19 11:52

    I hold a senior position with an American multinational whose African operations include RSA, Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania and others. At a strat session last month the question of opening a business in Zimbabwe was seriously considered. We decided not to persue anything at this stage due to the 51% local ownership issue. With talk like this from Mad Bob we will never invest there. There are far more attractive and business friendly countries in Africa.

  • Mark - 2010-12-20 10:01

    @ Green, Shak and Ngena ... have you take a drive past Uncle Bob's "shack" recently???? He must really be struggling with all the sanctions etc and now he appears to be a mentor to Mr Malema ... makes me think of the phrase "Darkest Africa" where leaders themselves rape the country and its people and the people still vote them into power again and again. They say apartheid kept people uneducated but I think the African leaders are doing a far better job. Wise up people and learn to say enough is enough and stop blaming the colonists, your own leaders are now the rapists.

  • Exl - 2010-12-20 15:11

    Uncle Bob's stated smoking grass again....

  • Joe - 2011-01-31 18:20

    Green, ngena...aka...idiots! Sanctions have been put on Bob and his cronies, not Zimbabwe or companies or anything else you and mad bob can think of! The economy is all bob's fault, it has nothing to do with the foreigners...Put all the blame on him!

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