US black Civil Rights leaders demand answers from Mugabe

It is believed, Senior U.S black Civil Rights Campaigners are meeting this weekend in New York with a view to raise the issue with other African leaders.

"We campaigned and stood for Zimbabwe during its war of liberation against Ian Smith’s regime, and so we won’t accept a situation whereby our cream in the United State government are called "Negros",and prostitutes by this man," said a Senior member of the United States Black Civil Right Organisation with links to Rev Jesse Jackson.

The Zimbabwean dictator accuses black American diplomats of carrying out racist and imperialist policies in Africa.

While U.S. President Barack Obama was in Ghana last week urging African leaders to end corruption and tyranny in their countries, the controversial president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe was once again busy denouncing African American diplomats for carrying out what he considers racist and imperialist U.S. policies in Africa.

The latest target of the 80-year-old Mugabe’s wrath was Black Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson.

The two met on the sidelines at the recent African Union summit in Libya. When the meeting was over, Mugabe labeled Carson an "idiot" and told him that as an African American he should be ashamed of himself for trying to "dictate" to Africa in the manner of previous white U.S. diplomats.

Previously, Mugabe had labeled Carson’s predecessor Jendayi Frazier a "little girl trotting around the globe like a prostitute" and official government media in Zimbabwe regularly denounced the former American ambassador to Zimbabwe under the Bush administration, James McGee, as a "house Negro."

The Zimbabwean dictator described the U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs as "an idiot" after an acrimonious meeting between the two at an African summit in Libya, Zimbabwe’s state media reported.

The state Herald newspaper carried the remarks after a briefing Mugabe gave to Zimbabwean reporters at the end of last week’s summit of the continentwide African Union.

According to the Herald paper, Mugabe said nothing came out of those talks.

"You wouldn’t speak to an idiot of that nature. I was very angry with him, and he thinks he could dictate to us what to do," Mugabe was quoted as saying.

He said regional leaders supported the formation of a power-sharing government in February and then "you have the likes of little fellows like Carson saying ‘do this, do that.’"

"Who is he? I hope he is not speaking for Obama. I told him he was a shame, a great shame being an African American," Mugabe was quoted as saying.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, head of the former opposition, visited President Barack Obama in Washington last month as part of a trip to the United States and Europe to re-engage with Western leaders after a decade of Zimbabwean isolation.

Mugabe is known for vitriolic outbursts against his critics, reserving some of his harshest comments for those who, like Carson, are black.

The pro-Mugabe state media launched repeated attacks against former U.S. Ambassador James McGee, who also is black, describing him as a "house Negro" for white Western leaders.

In typical language used by Mugabe, he has called former British Prime Minister Tony Blair a "B-Liar."

Before Tsvangirai joined the coalition government, Mugabe had referred to him as "Fatcheeks" and a tea boy, a lowly domestic worker.

On Friday, McGee, whose left Zimbabwe Sunday after a three-year tenure, promised more U.S. support for the country’s political and economic recovery but said democratic reforms needed to be in place first.

McGee, a harsh critic of Mugabe’s autocratic rule, rejected the idea that Zimbabwe needed more support from donors to restore the rule of law, respect for human rights and to guarantee basic freedoms of speech and association.

"It doesn’t cost anything … to have judges apply the law equally. Dropping phantom politically motivated prosecutions is free. Stopping the arrests of political activists and independent journalists is also free," McGee said in a farewell speech.