“America must be mad, absolutely insane,” Mugabe said on Thursday during an election campaign rally in the northern town of Chinhoyi.
During his visit to South Africa in June, US President Barack Obama called on the Zimbabwean government to introduce reforms ahead of the country’s general elections, which are scheduled to be held at the end of this month.
“For anyone to suggest that our elections must not be held even after the expiry of the term of parliament, because some party is arguing for reforms of our security forces, is a mad argument, completely,” Mugabe stated.
The Constitutional Court ruled on May 31 that Mugabe should set a date as soon as possible, and that the elections must be held by the end of July.
On June 13, Mugabe declared that the elections would be held on July 31.
Later on that same day, Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said that Mugabe was creating a political crisis in the country, adding that the date was too soon to allow the reforms required for a free and fair election.
“Harassment of citizens and groups needs to stop and reform needs to move forward so people can cast their votes in elections that are fair and free and credible,” Obama said during his South African visit.
The Zimbabwean president stated that the US has no moral ground to reprimand his government.
“Keep your pink nose out of our affairs, please,” Mugabe told Washington.
“Where do you get that audacity to open your mouth and try to sermonize us,” he asked.
“Your prisons are still full of blacks. Where is your democracy? There is lots of racism in your country,” Mugabe noted.
In an interview with international media on April 16, 2012, Malcolm X’s grandson, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, said that blacks are murdered with impunity in the US because the system is unjust.
“There are hundreds of black Americans who are being murdered in the United States every year with impunity. And police officers serve no time. They always get off,” Shabazz stated.
He said this occurs because there is institutionalized racism in the US.
Shabazz was beaten to death in Mexico City on May 9, 2013. An autopsy found that the 28-year-old died of deadly blows to the head, face and torso.