Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Mugabe urges Zimbabweans to protect resources

Zimbabwe's president inspects troops, commemorating 32nd ZDF Day. Mugabe urged Zimbabweans to jealously guard rich natural resources against external forces bent on plundering them under the guise of spreading democracy. (Xinhua)

President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday August 14  urged Zimbabweans to jealously guard their rich natural resources against external forces bent on plundering them under the guise of spreading democracy in the country.
Addressing thousands of people and members of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces (ZDF) during commemorations to mark the 32nd ZDF Day at the Chinese-built National Sports Stadium, Mugabe, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the defense forces, said progressive Zimbabweans should remain focused in the defense of their sovereignty.
"We should join hands to resist the unjustified plunder of our resources by undeserving foreign forces that come to us .. in the name of democracy and globalization, yet they harbor sinister ulterior motives," he said.
He said recent developments had pointed out to other countries having a direct interest in Zimbabwe's natural resources as seen by their influencing the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme in the sale of its diamonds. (Xinhua)
Meanwhile authorities of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) announced on Tuesday that it had deported 100 foreigners from northern Katsina State for lack of necessary traveling documents.
State comptroller of NIS Umar Bulama told reporters in Katsina, the state capital, that most of the deportees were citizens of Niger Republic and other neighboring countries in Africa.
"The raid started last weekend and it would be a routine exercise," said the immigration chief, adding that the NIS would continue to check the influx of illegal migrants in the country.
Bulama said the Nigeria Immigration Service had recently arrested a number of persons for alleged human trafficking in Katsina State and had handed the suspects over to the agency in charge of such crimes for further investigation and prosecution.(Xinhua)

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