Zimbabwe’s president Mugabe has alerted African security forces of an imminent threat by foreigners and former colonizers to invade Africa to plunder its natural resources and wealth, especially in the light of current world-wide recession. He sounded the alarm early this week at the opening of a conference of Africa’s secret service agencies taking place in his country under the aegis of the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services. The theme of the conference is “The Role of Security Services in Protecting Africa’s Natural Resources and Future Economic Development”.
Robert Mugabe is a hero in the eyes of many, and a criminal in the eyes of an almost equal number, especially outside Africa. Love him, hate him, you cannot ignore him, and you may endlessly crack your skull open in frustration wondering how he manages to still cling on to power, and why his own people have not managed to kick him out. Not that they did not try.
Some of Mugabe’s utterances are labelled “ranting” by those who disagree with him. He asserts now that since 1990 foreigners have used at least 20 armed conflicts as an excuse to spy on Africa using unmanned drones.
“Our erstwhile colonizers continue to manipulate international institutions and conventions to justify unilateral military interventions in African states with the objective of extracting and unfairly exploiting our resources,”
Rungano Zvobgo, a university professor was one of the speakers at the conference. Now if you are wont to dismiss Mugabe as paranoid, the academic had numbers to back up his own claims, such as reporting that Congo has about $24 trillion worth of rich minerals like gold, diamond, tin, uranium and coltan, a figure equal to the combined GDP of Europe and the USA, adding that about $6 million worth of resources is smuggled out of Congo every day.
Coltan, a.k.a tantalite is a metallic ore used in smart phones, PCs and sundry electronic devices such as game consoles like the PlayStation. In fact says Zvobgo, Sony’s choice of Coltan in its PlayStation directly contributed to a sharp increase in the price of this mineral from $49 to $275 per pound in 2000. Congo is said to have 80% of the world’s Coltan. It is a simple guess to see how armed rebel groups thrive in places like Congo where they rely on such illegal exports to purchase weapons with which to continue bloody fratricidal wars.
Does this remind you of “Blood Diamonds”?