Zimbabwe- Is Bush's Next Coup To Occur There?

  1. This is another news item hidden away in the press since Dodson Aviation in Kansas is most likely a CIA supplier for covert operations.

    Nurse Hardee
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    Zimbabwe Probes U.S.-Registered Plane
    Tue Mar 9, 7:23 AM ET
    By ALEXANDRA ZAVIS, Associated Press Writer

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - A cargo plane impounded in Zimbabwe on suspicion of carrying 64 mercenaries is believed to have departed from South Africa and may have had South African nationals on board, authorities said Tuesday.

    Zimbabwe Seizes U.S.-Registered Plane

    Preliminary investigations indicated the Boeing 727-100, which Zimbabwe authorities say is registered in the United States, took off from Wonderboom airport, north of the capital Pretoria, said Moses Seate, spokesman for the South African Civil Aviation Authorities.

    It then continued north to Polokwane and on to Zimbabwe, where it was detained Sunday night at Harare International Airport, Seate said.

    Aviation authorities are still trying to confirm the plane's owners, contents and intended destination, he said.

    South Africa's high commissioner to Zimbabwe, Jerry Ndou, was attempting to verify reports that some of the people on board were South Africans, said Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa.

    Zimbabwe Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi said Monday that authorities had impounded a U.S-registered aircraft carrying military equipment and 64 suspected mercenaries of varying nationalities.

    State-run TV broadcast footage of a white plane with a blue stripe containing satellite telephones, radios, backpacks, sleeping bags, hiking boots, an inflatable raft, bolt cutters and what appeared to be a can of Mace. No weapons were shown.

    The plane and its passengers, most of them whites, were taken to a nearby military airfield, the station said.

    In Washington, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Monday there was no indication the aircraft was connected to the U.S. government.

    Another Washington official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it had been established that passengers and crew were all African and that no Americans were aboard the plane.

    The plane's registration number, N4610, is assigned to Dodson Aviation Inc. of Ottawa, Kan. However, company director Robert Dodson said it had sold the aircraft about a week ago to a South African company, Logo Ltd. That company could not immediately be traced.

    President Robert Mugabe has repeatedly accused the United States and Britain of plotting to overthrow his autocratic regime.

    Zimbabwe faces its worst political and economic crisis since independence from Britain in 1980. The government's often-violent seizure of thousands of white-owned farms for redistribution to blacks has plunged the country into turmoil.
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  3. by   Loribabble
    Wow - thanks for posting that. I have been to Zim as a missionary and have lots of friends there - many Africans, some "whites" and I hear all the time about how things are going. While I am not too sure that "sending in the troops" is the right answer... SOMETHING needs to be done. Mugabe is a horrible dictator. He has actually gone on public record and stated that he "does not care if 6 million die of starvation - they didn't vote for me - so they can starve." There is next to NO medical care, running out of simple immunizations and medications. 3 people died at our hospital last month because there was no INSULIN in the country. Mugabe REFUSES to step down, partly becuase he will be tried for the horrible war crimes he committed while fighting for independence. During election time.... his "war vets" actually go village to village with Uzi's to "encourage" people to vote for him. They say they are democratic elections - but even if by some miracle the other party wins - they find a way to swtich it back over. There is NO freedom of speech.

    The inflation is at over 1000%, there is no food in the country unless you are willing to pay for the incredibly high priced imports, which the average African is not going to be able to afford... no money (they have gone to a kind of "promisory note" becuase there literally was no cash in the banks. Banks are closing left and right, along with buisinesses and hospitals. It is crazy. The big game animals are being killed left and right - "just because" they can - some are being poached and others are just being murdered. I could go on and on and on about what is happening...

    It absolutely breaks my heart.... the people are WONDERFUL!

    The Awesome part to all this is.... the church is growing. People are really maturing in their faith. It always amazes me how adversity does this.... what satan means for harm - God means for good. In one way they are really blessed. They don't have the "Luxury" of all the distractions that we have here.... they live much simpler and are content with that. Us Americans have much to learn - more isn't always better.

    Sorry I am rambling - just woke up and need to head back to work... please keep them all in prayer....

    Lori
  4. by   NurseHardee
    I have no doubt that things are bad in Zimbabwe, as they are throughout all the Third World countries, whether in Africa or otherwise. That still is no excuse for Britain and the US to be fomenting coups there.

    Nurse Hardee
  5. by   NurseHardee
    The latest news... it was a plot to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea?!

    Equatorial Guinea, Zimbabwe Say Coup Nixed
    Wed Mar 10, 9:35 PM ET

    By EDWARD HARRIS, Associated Press Writer

    DAKAR, Senegal - Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea say they have arrested 79 suspected mercenaries who were plotting to overthrow Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang.

    Most of the suspects were arrested after arriving on a jetliner in Harare, Zimbabwe, allegedly to pick up weapons before heading to the oil-rich west African nation. Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Stan Mudenge said they could face the death penalty.

    The foreign minister of Equatorial Guinea, a former Spanish colony, convened diplomats including the Spanish ambassador to tell them about the alleged coup attempt, a Spanish Foreign Ministry official in Madrid said Wednesday.

    Twenty South Africans, 18 Namibians, 23 Angolans, two Congolese and one Zimbabwean carrying a South African passport were arrested Sunday when their aging Boeing 727 was impounded at Harare International Airport. Zimbabwean state television described the passengers as mostly whites.

    Another 15 suspects were arrested in Equatorial Guinea on Monday.

    A suspect named Simon Mann, who was detained in Zimbabwe as he waited to meet the plane, was cooperating with investigators and had supplied details of the men's plans, said Zimbabwean Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi. Zimbabwean officials previously identified Mann as a member of Britain's elite Special Air Service, a commando unit.

    Mohadi said their plane traveled from the west African state of Sao Tome and Principe to South Africa, where it collected its passengers.
    It then stopped in Zimbabwe, allegedly to meet two coconspirators and collect weapons purchased from the state arms manufacturer, before continuing to Equatorial Guinea.

    Equatorial Guinea said Tuesday it had arrested an advance group of 15 alleged mercenaries believed to be plotting to overthrow Obiang.


    Mohadi said at a news conference in Harare that British, American and Spanish officials had persuaded Equatorial Guinea's police and military chiefs to cooperate with the coup plotters.

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been heavily criticized by U.S. and British officials for his autocratic rule. In turn, he has repeatedly accused the United States and Britain of plotting to overthrow him.

    Britain's Foreign Office said Wednesday it was aware of the allegation that British SAS forces were involved in the Equatorial Guinea plot. British officials in Harare attended a briefing with Zimbabwe's foreign minister, a spokeswoman said. She had no further details. U.S. and Spanish officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

    Mudenge told journalists after the briefing that the arrested men would face "the severest punishment on our statutes, including capital punishment."

    He did not specify what charges would be brought against them or when they might appear in court.

    South African Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said that her department was in no rush to assist the South Africans in Zimbabwe, or at least seven others among those under house arrest in Equatorial Guinea.

    "They are not exactly innocent travelers finding themselves in a difficult situation," she was quoted as saying by the South Africa Press Association.

    Along with the plane, Zimbabwe authorities seized what they called "military materials"-including satellite telephones, radios, backpacks, hiking boots, bolt cutters and an inflatable raft. There were no reports of weapons on the plane.

    The plane and its passengers-described by state television as mostly whites-were initially taken to a nearby military airfield.

    The suspects were later moved to the Chikurubi maximum security prison near Harare, according to a civil aviation official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    He said the plane had landed in Harare to load additional fuel, for which the crew paid about $30,000 in cash.
    Last edit by NurseHardee on Mar 12, '04
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  8. by   NurseHardee
    Obiang, EG's dictator, claims that 'they' are after the oil. Probably so. The question is, though, just who is the 'they'? Following the latest press info on the plot to take over the government that Obiang runs, is yet another article that probably has the answer to that question.

    Nurs Hardee
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    Sunday March 14
    E. Guinea demands Spain extradite key opponent over mercenaries

    Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema threatened to break off diplomatic relations with Spain unless Madrid extradites a key exiled opposition leader he accuses of plotting to overthrow his regime.

    Obiang has charged that Madrid-based Severo Moto Nsa was behind a mysterious group of 15 alleged mercenaries recently arrested in the oil-rich west African state who were apparently intending to overthrow him to end his 25-year rule.

    He told a rally by thousands of his supporters that the alleged mercenaries, whom he alleges are linked to 67 men detained in Zimbabwe when their plane was impounded, could face the death penalty.

    "If we have to kill them, we will kill them," he said.

    The president said that if Spain failed to cooperate in extraditing Moto "there was no reason to maintain diplomatic relations with a country we consider a friend but which supports a puppet, a terrorist."

    "We should call on Spain to choose either Severo Moto's government in exile or the one in Equatorial Guinea. If it continues (its support for) the government in exile we prefer to withdraw our ambassador and reconsider our diplomatic relations," he said.

    The government announced the arrest of 15 alleged mercenaries on Tuesday.

    One of them went on television here on Wednesday and spoke of plans to remove the president from the country before installing a government-in-exile in Madrid, headed by Moto, who had tried to mount a coup against Obiang in 1997 from Angola.

    Spain, said Obiang, "must define its policy towards Equatorial Guinea. If it does not hand over Severo to be tried by an internationally recognised court that we shall organise, we will condemn Spain," he said.

    "Why is there interference in the internal affairs of Equatorial Guinea?" he told the rally. "The preoccupation of our enemies is the oil wells..." He said the coup plotters "smell oil, for oil they will do anything..."

    Equatorial Guinea is ranked third among African oil producers behind Nigeria and Angola.

    At Saturday's demonstration, the protesters appealed to the president not to pardon the alleged mercenaries, saying they "deserved death."

    The protest was organized by the loyalist Democratic party to express "solidarity" with Obiang.

    An AFP correspondent said nearly 10,000 people marched in the demonstration, many of them wearing T-shirts bearing portraits of the president.

    The march was led by Prime Minister Candido Muatetemma Rivas and other government members. It included public officials, people from religious orders and members of sports clubs. But the country's only real opposition party, the Convergence for Social Democracy, shunned the demonstration.
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    Paul Lashmar, The Independent - 11 May 2003

    ExxonMobil and other leading oil companies are to face an investigation into how up to $500m came to be paid into a private US bank account, said to be solely controlled by the President of Equatorial Guinea.

    The scandal follows revelations last week that the US Justice Department is investigating whether Mobil Oil Corp, now part of ExxonMobil, participated in a plan to route $78m to the Swiss bank account of Kazakhstan's President, Nursultan Nazarbaev, and other senior officials.

    Global Witness, a London-based anti-corruption campaign group, has written to John Ashcroft, the US Attorney General, asking him to look into allegations that Equatorial Guinea's ruler, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, has between $300m and $500m deposited in the DuPont Circle branch of Riggs Bank in Washington, DC.

    "This situation points to a fundamental problem in the oil business - there is no transparency about company payments to national governments," says Gavin Hayman, who monitors Equatorial Guinea for Global Witness.

    "President Obiang appears to have taken advantage of a rash of secret deals with US companies to privatise his country's oil wealth to support his brutal regime and his extravagant personal spending." ExxonMobil and Riggs declined to comment.

    President Obiang has declared the destination of the country's oil wealth a "state secret".

    In June 2003, Tony Blair is to host a transparency conference in London aimed at tackling the corruption that surrounds the exploitation of natural resources in developing countries.

    Equatorial Guinea is the only oil-producing country to have refused to attend. Equatorial Guinea has become a major oil and gas producer in the past 10 years, yet the 500,000-strong population remains in poverty.

    President Obiang has ruled since 1979, when he deposed and executed his predecessor and uncle. His corruption and human-rights record was so bad that the Clinton administration cut its ambassadorial ties. However, he was one of 10 African leaders invited to meet George Bush last year to discuss the "war on terror".

    Equatorial Guinea's oil production has jumped from just 17,000 barrels per day in 1996 to a current rate of more than 220,000 barrels. Details of the Riggs Bank account have emerged after the country's ambassador, Teodoro Biyogo Nsue, who is President Obiang's brother-in-law, unwisely mentioned that oil revenue was held at Riggs during a presentation late last year at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

    An investigation by the Los Angeles Times alleged that President Obiang is the account's sole signatory and more than $300m of the country's energy earnings has been deposited in the account by oil companies active in Equatorial Guinea, including ExxonMobil and Amerada Hess.

    Alejandro Evuna Owono, a Guinean aide, denied to the LA Times that the government was secretive about oil revenue. "The IMF and the World Bank know national production figures, but we can use the money as we see fit," he said.

    Two years ago President Obiang bought a mansion in Potomac, a suburb of Washington, DC, for $2.6m and another home in Rockville, Maryland, for $1.15m.
  9. by   donmurray
    Captain Mann has led an eventful life!

    A FORMER SAS officer from Hampshire faces execution after being accused of plotting a coup in an oil-rich African state.

    Simon Mann, who is reported to have a home in the New Forest, is locked up in a notorious prison outside the Zimbabwean capital Harare, where conditions are said to be among the worst in the continent.

    Opponents say Capt Mann was the leader of 60 mercenaries prepared to kill for money and topple the government of Equatorial Guinea, which is supported by South Africa and Zimbabwe.

    Zimbabwe's foreign minister Stan Mudenge has threatened Capt Mann and the rest of the men with "the severest punishment available in our statutes, including capital punishment."

    Capt Mann was reported to own a mansion on the banks of the Beaulieu River, but is currently based near Cape Town, South Africa.

    The "dog of war" has a most colourful past - he entered the services by joining the Scots Guards, once commanded a 30-strong team of underwater specialists, and did one tour of duty in Northern Ireland before leaving the army in the late 1980s.

    But the Old Etonian rejoined the services in 1990 to serve on the British Gulf War commander's staff in Riyadh as an intelligence officer before leaving the army to work as a computer salesman.

    But, according to one national paper, in 1994 he helped set up Sandline International, a private company whose involvement in shipping arms to Sierra Leone in contravention of a UN embargo brought heavy criticism from the Foreign Affairs Committee.
  10. by   1Tulip
    Quote from NurseHardee
    I have no doubt that things are bad in Zimbabwe, as they are throughout all the Third World countries, whether in Africa or otherwise. That still is no excuse for Britain and the US to be fomenting coups there.

    Nurse Hardee
    Dear Hardee, I disagree.

    I can't go so far as to say it would not be in our national interest at this time to stop Mugabe militarily (even if there was national concensus to do so, we don't have enough military to do it.)

    BUT it is a moral imperative to try, by any means possible, to stop what this animal (Mugabe) is doing. His policies of mass killing and starvation are EXACTLY what Pol Pot did in his killing fields. It is EXACTLY like Rwanda only an order of magnitude larger in death and misery.

    If we can air drop food and arms and give these poor souls a chance to live and protect their lives from thugs and murderers then that is EXACTLY what the US (and any civilized nation of the world) ought to be doing.

    And most certainly we should be praying for these people.
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from 1Tulip
    Dear Hardee, I disagree.

    I can't go so far as to say it would not be in our national interest at this time to stop Mugabe militarily (even if there was national concensus to do so, we don't have enough military to do it.)

    BUT it is a moral imperative to try, by any means possible, to stop what this animal (Mugabe) is doing. His policies of mass killing and starvation are EXACTLY what Pol Pot did in his killing fields. It is EXACTLY like Rwanda only an order of magnitude larger in death and misery.

    If we can air drop food and arms and give these poor souls a chance to live and protect their lives from thugs and murderers then that is EXACTLY what the US (and any civilized nation of the world) ought to be doing.

    And most certainly we should be praying for these people.
    Good post and I agree but NurseHardee was banned for pot stirring . . .

    steph
  12. by   live4today
    Quote from 1Tulip
    Dear Hardee, I disagree.

    I can't go so far as to say it would not be in our national interest at this time to stop Mugabe militarily (even if there was national concensus to do so, we don't have enough military to do it.)

    BUT it is a moral imperative to try, by any means possible, to stop what this animal (Mugabe) is doing. His policies of mass killing and starvation are EXACTLY what Pol Pot did in his killing fields. It is EXACTLY like Rwanda only an order of magnitude larger in death and misery.

    If we can air drop food and arms and give these poor souls a chance to live and protect their lives from thugs and murderers then that is EXACTLY what the US (and any civilized nation of the world) ought to be doing.

    And most certainly we should be praying for these people.
    I agree wholeheartedly with your take on this, too!

    As I said in the healthcare thread.........GREED is at the root of all evil, along with the need for POWER. It's that simple! The WORLD is responsible for eradicating such injustice. No country should stand by and allow such abuse to occur.

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