Fidelity bank card banner Emerald Energy Institute Camano banner

Robert Mugabe’s most famous quotes

By News Express on 06/09/2019

Gmail icon

Views: 598

 •Late Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe
•Late Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe

A quick look at the colourful language of Robert Mugabe throughout his 37-year reign as leader of Zimbabwe. Mugabe’s death was announced on Friday morning by his successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who mourned him as an “icon of liberation”.

“It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe,” Mnangagwa wrote.

Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state before his resignation in 2017, was the only leader Zimbabweans had known since independence in 1980. He died aged 95.

During his 37-year rule, Mugabe attracted a great deal of controversy, mostly because of his colourful use of language.

Below are his most famous quotes, as compiled by Al Jazeera:

On imperialism

“Africa must revert to what it was before the imperialists divided it. These are artificial divisions which we, in our pan-African concept, will seek to remove.” – Speech at Salisbury, 1962

“Stay with us, please remain in this country and constitute a nation based on national unity.” – A plea to the white population of Zimbabwe at a ZANU-PF rally, 1980.

“Only God, who appointed me, will remove me – not the MDC, not the British. Only God will remove me!” – Election rally, 2008. MDC is an opposition party.

“Our party must continue to strike fear in the heart of the white man, our real enemy.” – ZANU-PF rally, 2002

On homosexuality

“We ask, was he born out of homosexuality? We need continuity in our race, and that comes from the woman, and no to homosexuality. John and John, no; Maria and Maria, no. They are worse than dogs and pigs. I keep pigs and the male pig knows the female one.” – ZDC radio interview, 2015

“We equally reject attempts to prescribe ‘new rights’ that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions, and beliefs. We are not gays!” – UN General Assembly, 2015

On Britain

“Britain is a very cold, uninhabitable country with small houses.” – Mutare rally, 2013

“We are still exchanging blows with the British government. They are using gay gangsters. Each time I pass through London, the gangster regime of Blair ‘expresses its dismay’.” – Reference to an incident in which human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell attempted a citizens’ arrest on Mugabe during a visit to London in October, 1999

“We have fought for our land, we have fought for our sovereignty, small as we are we have won our independence and we are prepared to shed our blood ... So, Blair keep your England, and let me keep my Zimbabwe.” – Earth Summit, South Africa, 2002

On Hitler

“I am still the Hitler of the time. This Hitler has only one objective: justice for his people, sovereignty for his people, recognition of the independence of his people and their rights over their resources. If that is Hitler, then let me be Hitler tenfold. Ten times, that is what we stand for.” – State funeral of a cabinet minister, 2003

On the economy

“Our economy is a hundred times better than the average African economy. Outside South Africa, what country is [as good as] Zimbabwe? … What is lacking now are goods on the shelves – that is all.” – Interview, 2007

On Jesus

“I have died many times – that’s where I have beaten Christ. Christ died once and resurrected once.” – To state radio on his 88th birthday

On cricket

“Cricket civilises people and creates good gentlemen. I want everyone to play cricket in Zimbabwe; I want ours to be a nation of gentlemen.” – This is a widely reported quote, but it is unclear when Mugabe said this.

On US presidents

“Let Mr Bush read history correctly. Let him realise that both personally and in his representative capacity as the current president of the United States, he stands for this ‘civilisation’, which occupied, which colonised, which incarcerated, which killed. He has much to atone for and very little to lecture us on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. His hands drip with [the] innocent blood of many nationalities.” – UN General Assembly, 2007

“I’ve just concluded – since President Obama endorses same-sex marriage, advocates homosexual people, and enjoys an attractive countenance – thus if it becomes necessary, I shall travel to Washington, DC, get down on my knee, and ask his hand.” – ZDC radio interview, 2015

“Some of us were embarrassed, if not frightened, by what appeared to be the return of the biblical giant gold Goliath. Are we having a return of Goliath to our midst, who threatens the extinction of other countries?” – UN General Assembly, 2017

“May I say to the United States President, Mr Trump, please blow your trumpet. Blow your trumpet in a musical way towards the values of unity, peace, cooperation, togetherness, dialogue, which we have always stood for.” – UN General Assembly, 2017

On grooming a successor

“Grooming a successor, is it an inheritance? In a democratic party, you don’t want leaders appointed that way. They have to be appointed properly by the people.” – TV interview, 2016

 

Source News Express

Posted 06/09/2019 2:38:13 PM

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
More trouble for Customs CG Hameed Ali as...

Kwankwaso fails to save Atiku in home LG...

Apologise to Nigerians for saying Abacha didn’t steal,...

Death toll in Boko Haram Maiduguri attack rises...

Gunmen attack Rivers APC governorship candidate, Tonye Cole...

Eni declares Force Majeure on oil exports, cuts...

NUJ advises Buhari to act fast, improve living...

3 heavyweights in tight race for Ohanaeze presidency...

Joint Task Force intensifies strategy against Boko Haram...

RTEAN expels National President, suspends Secretary-General

Witnesses disappoint Governor Oyetola at Osun Election Tribunal...

Kashamu defies PDP expulsion order, holds mega rally...

 

Latest News 2 killed as gunmen storm Rivers communities Rape case: Fatoyinbo files preliminary objection, says Busola’s case ‘filed out of time’ Akpabio announces plans for industrial clusters in Niger Delta Magashi and challenges of national security Delta tribunal verdict fair, just, well-deserved, says Oyovbaire •Condemns court action as unnecessary Hostage regains freedom after 4 years in pirates’ custody PDP heads for Appeal Court as tribunal upholds Governor Masari’s re-election NNPC unveils plans to revamp refineries from January 2020 Obi advises Nigerian universities to look inwards No meeting between Dickson and Sylva — PDP Youth Network Okowa to Christians: Dedicate your life to serving God Another perspective on xenophobic attacks, By Odimegwu Onwumere

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (542,623 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (443,885 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (390,367 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (327,231 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (295,388 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (254,043 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (250,340 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (239,139 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (232,034 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (218,020 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (196,298 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (193,872 views)

 

CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (102) Business & Economy (4,454) Business Verdict (80) Columnists (1,113) Complaints & Requests (96) Enterprise & Opportunities (215) Entertainment (666) Features (815) Global Business Monitor (445) ICT Monitor (63) International (3,972) Interview (203) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (171) Maggie's Blog (418) News (51,603) Opinion (1,364) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,469) Religion (1,103) Sports (2,173) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera