All HAIL ROBERT MUGABE! The oldest and most famous African leader who was pushed out of power. He practically needs no introduction. One thing that is certain about this former African leader who virtually lived and witnessed one century is that he was no sycophant or a people pleaser.
Call him a dictator, call him a tyrant, call him the “Hitler of our time”… he was super-cool and totally fine with it. Amidst all of his controversial leadership style, Robert Mugabe’s pan-African views and belief has never been in question. Were he not who he was, Zimbabwe’s independence story might not be as we know it.
These are some of the raw, hilarious and unforgettable Robert Mugabe quotes:
1. We of Africa protest that, in this day and age, we should continue to be treated as lesser human beings than other races.
2. 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.
3. We don’t mind having sanctions banning us from Europe. We are not Europeans.
4. 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’.
5. We need continuity in our race, and that comes from the woman, and no to homosexuality. John and John, no; Maria and Maria, no…I keep pigs and the male pig knows the female one.
6. Don’t fight even over girlfriends. The country is full of beautiful women. If you can’t get one, come to Mugabe for assistance.
7. 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.
8. Only God who appointed me will remove me.
9. I will never, never, never, never surrender. Zimbabwe is mine. I am a Zimbabwean. Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans. Zimbabwe never for the British. Britain for the British.
10. The only white man you can trust is a dead white man.
11. 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.
12. The white man is not indigenous to Africa…The white man is here as a second citizen.
13. If President Barack Obama wants me to allow marriage for same-sex couples in my country (Zimbabwe), he must come here so that I marry him first.
14. Racism will never end as long as white cars are still using black tires; If people still use black color for bad luck and white for peace; If people still wear white clothes to weddings and black clothes to funerals; As long as those who don’t pay their bills are blacklisted and not ‘whitelisted’… But I don’t care as long as I still use the white tissue paper to wipe my ass! With that only, I will always be very fine.
15. 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.
The Fall Of Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president in 2017 to avoid impeachment which was the only legal way to get him out of power.
This was after the military and his former political allies (his own ruling party ZANU-PF party) made a strong move against him.
While in power, he was presented in a bad light by the Westerners for increased abuse of human rights and the rule of law. Also, many people led by countries like the US and the Uk called for his government to accept peaceful democratic evolution. Apart from that, his government was also criticized for making uncivil and undiplomatic statements. He was nearly stopped from entering certain countries with the UK government, suggesting that the European Union should ban him from entering Europe.
However, in the face of all the criticisms and the strained relationship with the Western world, Robert Mugabe appeared less bothered. In 2016, he jailed an American based in Zimbabwe Martha O’ Donovan who called out on his government describing him as being sick and selfish.
Was Robert A Hero Or A Bad Person?
Despite being pushed to resign and gaining all the bad names a government could, a majority of Zimbabweans still see Robert as not just an independence hero but also a classic strongman. They believe he was not a villain as he was generally thought to have been. According to them, his wife and some criminals around him got him out of Zimbabwe leadership.
This is basically because the veteran who had clung on to power for more than 37 years was rumored to have been planning to transfer power to his wife before the army takeover. Robert was born in 1924 and was allegedly the most educated leader in the world.
He had seven degrees, covering different disciplines, including education and law, two others he earned while in prison for inciting people to rebel against the colonial government and six he earned through correspondence courses.