FORMER Namibian president Sam Nujoma has said that Africa must be prepared to defend the African continent from Western “imperialists”, a report said on Wednesday.
Nujoma’s remarks come after former South African president Thabo Mbeki made startling revelations during a recent interview with Al-Jazeera that Britain under Tony Blair’s leadership wanted to depose Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe using military force.
Mbeki said South Africa was under pressure from the UK to participate in a regime change scheme to overthrow Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party, a move which Pretoria refuted.
According to a Herald report, Nujoma said any attack on Zimbabwe would have resulted in a military response from the entire Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Sources said apart from pressuring SA into its plan, Britain had also approached two other African countries (not named) to provide land and airspace for a possible invasion of Zimbabwe at the turn of the millennium.
One of the countries reportedly agreed to the plan but backtracked after Zimbabwe made it clear it was aware of the plot, said the report. Although Namibia was not approached by the UK, Nujoma said his country would never betray an African country.