Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has accused Western
countries of inflaming conflicts on the African continent under the disguise of
peacekeeping and end up unilaterally removing elected governments, the Herald
said on Monday.
Speaking during his presentation in the peace and security plenary
session at the ongoing Fifth Tokyo International Conference for African
Development (TICAD) in Japan, Mugabe said the West had no business sending
peacekeeping forces to Africa when the continent had its own structures for
He said foreigners intervened in developing countries
pretending to be peacekeepers when they had a neo-colonial agenda.
"There is another equally compelling aspect of the peace and
stability debate on our continent," said Mugabe.
"Over many years, Africa has painstakingly constructed its
own peace and security architecture with early warning training and standby military
structures both at sub regional and continental levels.
"Although still underfunded and under equipped, these
structures have served the continent well, helping to diffuse tensions where
these have arisen and helping to contain conflicts in those areas where sadly
hostilities have occurred."
Mugabe said in spite of the available peace and security
structures, Africa had many conflicts fuelled by the "global bullies who then
manipulate the whole continent for selfish interests".
He said no country had a right to abuse its power through
Mugabe said Africa could not accept that foreign
troops had the responsibility of peace and stability on the continent.
The foreign troops, he said, should not use the instability
of the continent as a justification for their intervention.