Quotes from Robert Mugabe

On the 18th of April 2010 (a few days ago) Zimbabwe celebrated it’s 30th year of independence. Robert Mugabe has been involved in the leadership of the country for all 30 of those years. He’s described as a dictator by some. His regime has been accused of various human rights abuses and has been criticized for its controversial land reform policy. Mugabe’s regime has also been accused of rigging elections in Zimbabwe. At least his power has been reduced in the last few years though. Mugabe is still president of Zimbabwe but he’s sharing power now with the Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (who’s the current prime minister of Zimbabwe). Robert Gabriel Mugabe was born in 1934 in Katuma, Zimbabwe (then known as Southern Rhodesia). Over the years Mugabe has said that some interesting things.

Here’s a few quotations from Robert Mugabe:

“We pride ourselves as being top, really, on the African ladder… We feel that we have actually been advancing rather than going backwards.”

“We of Africa protest that, in this day and age, we should continue to be treated as lesser human beings than other races.”

“We have said the first step was to designate the land, inform the owners. And the second would be to get the responses from the owners. And this will be openly done.”

“We don’t mind having sanctions banning us from Europe. We are not Europeans.”

“We are not hungry… Why foist this food upon us? We don’t want to be choked. We have enough.”

“We are no longer going to ask for the land, but we are going to take it without negotiating.”

“Was it not enough punishment and suffering in history that we were uprooted and made helpless slaves not only in new colonial outposts but also domestically.”

“True, some land was bought by a few Cabinet Ministers. They bought the land. No minister, to my knowledge acquired land which was meant for resettlement.”

“The white man is not indigenous to Africa. Africa is for Africans. Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans.”

“The only white man you can trust is a dead white man.”

“The land is ours. It’s not European and we have taken it, we have given it to the rightful people… Those of white extraction who happen to be in the country and are farming are welcome to do so, but they must do so on the basis of equality.”

“Stay with us, please remain in this country and constitute a nation based on national unity.”

“Some people are contriving ways and means of making us collapse.”

“So, Blair keep your England, and let me keep my Zimbabwe.”

“People are free to campaign and they will be free to vote. There won’t be any soldiers, you know, at the queues. Anyone who has the right to vote is free to go and cast his vote anywhere in his own area, in his own constituency.”

“Our votes must go together with our guns. After all, any vote we shall have, shall have been the product of the gun. The gun which produces the vote should remain its security officer – its guarantor. The people’s votes and the people’s guns are always inseparable twins.”

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

“It may be necessary to use methods other than constitutional ones.”

“In most recent times, as the West started being hostile to us, we deliberately declared a Look East policy.”

“If the choice were made, one for us to lose our sovereignty and become a member of the Commonwealth or remain with our sovereignty and lose the membership of the Commonwealth, I would say let the Commonwealth go.”

“I wish to assure you that there can never be any return to the state of armed conflict which existed before our commitment to peace and the democratic process of election under the Lancaster House agreement.”

“Countries such as the U.S. and Britain have taken it upon themselves to decide for us in the developing world, even to interfere in our domestic affairs and to bring about what they call regime change.”

Cricket civilizes people and creates good gentlemen I want everyone to play cricket in Zimbabwe; I want ours to be a nation of gentlemen.”

“We have said we will never collapse, never ever. We may have our droughts, our poverty, but as a people we shall never collapse, never ever.”

“The voice of Mr. Bush and the voice of Mr. Blair can’t decide who shall rule in Zimbabwe, who shall rule in Africa, who shall rule in Asia, who shall rule in Venezuela, who shall rule in Iran, who shall rule in Iraq.”

“Let those long distance philanthropists who want to romanticize shacks … tell us why they don’t allow them in their own land.”

Judging by these quotations I’m glad that we don’t have a dictator in South Africa and I hope we never have one here. Feel free to comment and give your views about these quotations. Running Wolf’s Rant is regularly updated in the Facts, Movies, Music, Babes, Photography and other sections, so please feel free to visit us again.

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Henno Kruger
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