Robert Mugabe Lives Behind Enduring Quotes on Power, Leadership, Marriage and Life

 

 

By Ayo Kehinde

The death on Friday morning of one of Africa’ most colourful, charismatic and political warrior, Robert Mugabe is attracting tremendous outpouring of grief from friends and foes alike.

The former Zimbabwean President and liberation icon died, aged 95 while receiving medical treatment in Singapore.

Notable among his political and leadership achievements are his fearless verbal attacks on world leaders, salient views and reflections on life and its ups and downs:

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Robert Mugabe on Donald Trump, Obama, Bush and Blair

 

Donald Trump

Some of us were embarrassed by what appeared to be the return of the biblical, giant gold goliath who threatens the extinction of other countries. Mr Trump, please blow your trumpet. Although, blow your trumpet in a musical way. Towards the values of unity, peace, co-operation, togetherness, and dialogue.”

Robert Mugabe at the United Nation Assembly, September 2017

President Barack Obama and homosexuality

“We have this American president, Obama, born of an African father, who is saying we will not give you aid if you don’t embrace 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.”

“Since President Obama endorses the same-sex marriage, advocates homosexual people, and enjoys an attractive countenance – thus if it becomes necessary, I shall travel to Washington D.C, get down on my knee, and ask his hand.”

Robert Mugabe during a speech in 2003

President George Bush

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. His hands drip with [the] innocent blood of many nationalities.”

Bob’s speech at the 2007 UN Security Council

Tony Blair, former PM of UK

“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. We are still exchanging blows with the British government. They are using gay gangsters against me.”

 

Adolf Hitler, ex-German Chancellor of the World War 11 Years

 “I am still the Hitler of the time. This Hitler has only one objective, justice for his own people, sovereignty for his people, recognition of the independence of his people. If that is Hitler, then let me be a Hitler tenfold.”

 

On South African leaders

Nelson Mandela

“I asked one ANC Minister how come the whites have been left with so much power, and he said it was because of your friend Mandela. That was an ANC Minister who was saying that. Mandela went too far in doing good to the non-black communities, really in some cases at the expense of (blacks)… That’s being too saintly, too good.”

Robert Mugabe in 2013

Cyril Ramaphosa before he became Current S/A President

There are some blacks who have acquired these media conglomerates. It appears they have joined these whites in attacking Zimbabwe. Well, they are black white men and they are really putting on the master’s cap. Ramaphosa is a white man in a black man’s skin.”

 

On Independence

Mugabe’s speech when Zimbabwe won independence was more conciliatory.

1980: “It could never be a correct justification that because the whites oppressed us yesterday when they had power, the blacks must oppress them today.”

  • On seizing farms from whites

2000: “You are now our enemies because you really have behaved as enemies of Zimbabwe. We are full of anger. Our entire community is angry and that is why we now have the war veterans seizing land.”

2002: “Our party must continue to strike fear in the heart of the white man, our real enemy.”

  • On Britain, former colonial ruler

2001: “The British were brought up as a violent people, liars, scoundrels and crooks… I am told that (former British PM Tony) Blair was a troublesome little boy at school.”

  • On homosexuality and gay marriages

2010: “Worse than pigs and dogs… Those who do it, we will say, they are wayward. It is just madness, insanity.”

On the African:

The African elder is always working for the good of his community, dead or alive. When he dies, he becomes an ancestor

  • On his marital affair

Before his first wife died in 1992, Mugabe started a relationship with Grace, whom he married in 1996.

1998: “I wanted children and this is how I thought I could get them. I knew what I was doing and my wife knew.”

“I was asked a question by my nephew why married men cannot share their problems and frustrations with wives, I told him: “You cannot discuss malaria with mosquito”

Fight With His Wife

Mugabe and his wife quarreled. After the fight, the wife went into the bedroom. After a while , Mugabe also trooped into the bedroom only to find the wife busy packing her suitcase. He asked; “You are packing?. Where are you going?” She answered; “To my mother. Mugabe paused for a while and also got his brown, pure leather suitcase and started packing his clothes.

The angry wife stared at him and asked; “You are packing? Where are you going? He replied, “Oh yeah, I am going to my mother”

“To you mother, the wife asked again, “And what about the 6 children, who is going to look care of them”. He replied, “You are going to your mother, I am going to my mother. The 6 children should go to their mother

 

  • On colonialism and African

1962: “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.”

2015: “African resources belong to Africa. Others may come to assist as our friends and allies, but no longer as colonisers or oppressors, no longer as racists.”

  • On death

2012: “I have died many times. That’s where I have beaten Christ. Christ died once and resurrected once. I have died and resurrected and I don’t know how many times I will die and resurrect.”