Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe lashed out at Western powers on Sunday over sanctions imposed on his ZANU-PF party, saying the European Union and United States were simply bent on driving him out of power.
Addressing thousands of people at the burial of his sister Sabina, Mugabe accused his Western opponents of not recognising Zimbabwe as an independent state of native black citizens, with rights over its land and other natural economic resources.
On Sunday, he unleashed another tirade against his critics, saying they were using sanctions as part of a plot to impose their political will on the southern African nation.
[Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwean President]: (English, male)
"Sanctions must go, and they must go. They are hurting our people regardless of political affiliation… We are still being treated as if we don't own this country. They want to tell us, do A, B and C of that, remove so-and-so and they are now saying Mugabe must go first.”
Mugabe, whom many blame for ruining one of Africa's most promising economies, said his ZANU-PF party was committed to a black empowerment programme, designed to increase black ownership across all sectors of the economy.