Mugabe fears Gaddafi fate

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe says he fears sharing the fate of slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi or Saddam Hussein, the deposed Iraqi president sentenced to death by hanging.

At a rally at Chibuku Stadium in Chitungwiza yesterday, the Zanu PF leader accused the United States and Britain of trying to topple his regime, and said he was still in power because he has the support of the people.

“Look at what the whites do to us in Africa; our friends like Gaddafi were forgetting our solidarity and were assisting countries that were in need, dining with people like (former British Prime Minister Tony) Blair thinking that they were friends yet they were observing him,” Mugabe — once a bosom buddy of the fallen Libyan tyrant said.

“When the day arrived, they wrongly accused him and destroyed him in broad daylight.”

The 89-year-old strongman told his supporters the West hounded Gaddafi and Hussein to death in pursuit of the oil-rich countries’ natural resources.

“They did the same with Saddam Hussein claiming that he had weapons of mass destruction and they falsely
accused him,” Mugabe said.

“Look…all of them were killed and these nations are left in chaos as people fight among each other. Beware that is what they are seeking when you hear them speak of removing Mugabe because they say he is the impediment to our goals.”

Saddam, who ruled Iraq from 1967 to 2003, was hanged at dawn in December 2006 for crimes against humanity, a dramatic, violent end for a leader who ruled Iraq by fear for three decades before he was toppled by a US invasion in 2003.

Mugabe, in power since 1980, is seeking another five- year term, crusading on an indigenisation and economic empowerment drive.

He accuses his opponents of trying to surrender the country to his Western foes.

“Let’s ensure that the country remains in our hands. We were lost in 2008 but we have a chance to make things right,” Mugabe told thousands of party supporters bussed from across Harare and surrounding communal lands.

Mugabe yet again blamed the West for the country’s woes saying Europe and the US were covetously eyeing the country’s vast mineral resources and are therefore seeking a “regime change” in Zimbabwe.

In Chitungwiza, shops and markets were closed as thousands were forced to attend the Zanu PF leader’s rally amid the free-flowing sewer in the streets and water shortages.

He addressed a bumper crowd comprising largely of the unemployed.

Mugabe uncharacteristically showered praises on his bitter political rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai saying the peace message that the MDC leader is preaching is welcome and urged his supporters to uphold the peace.

Arriving just before noon, Mugabe, did not do his traditional walk-about greeting people, but walked slowly to the podium and then delivered a history lecture on the country’s protracted liberation struggle to gain majority rule in 1980.

Some people began leaving the venue while the octogenarian leader was still delivering his speech, which also touched on morals.

Meanwhile, a woman was reportedly killed when a security wall collapsed at the rally, police spokesperson Charity Charamba confirmed the incident.

Several others were rushed to hospital after they were injured in the stampede.

 

Comments (20)

Its funny that those who are always ready to commit henious crimes against fellow citizens are the most MAGWALA should the tables turn against them, a very strange species indeed. Gukurahundi Mugabe is such a coward, always suspecting all and sundry, yet he has an unprecedented record of killing of black people in his own backyard. Even Ian Smith never killed as many blacks as the Gukurahundi - later own his own white people. Never!!

Phunyukabemphethe - 17 July 2013

Gaddafi is a tyrant in the face if idiotic puppets, but to reasonable people he is a hero. now some of the rats in Libya who cheered his demise are crying because the social order has been reduced and hunger is now order of the day. Obviously the reporter of this article is definitely in the same class. Aslave of the white skin, it flows in her/his genes

reason - 17 July 2013

THUS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A TYRANT HOLDS ON TO POWER FOR SO LONG. HIS WISH WILL BE THAT AFTER HIM NO ONE ELSE SHOULD BE BETTER. THIS THEY DO BY DESTROYING THE PROPER DEMOCRATIC SYSTEMS AND MAKING PEOPLE SHY AWAY FROM LEADERSHIP POSITIONS. BY THE TIME A DICTATOR GOES SEVERAL THOUSAND LEADERS EMERGE CAOTICALLY. PEOPLE WILL NOT HAVE SEEN THEM RISE AND IN THE STAMPIDE CHAOS INSUES. IT TAKES YEARS BEFORE SETTLING TO NORMALCY. BUT IGNORANT PEOPLE WILL START THINKING THE DICTATOR WAS A SUPPER LEADER AFTER ALL. THIS WILL HAPPEN TO ZANUPF AND ZIMBABWE, WATCH THIS SPACE.

JONAH - 17 July 2013

THUS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A TYRANT HOLDS ON TO POWER FOR SO LONG. HIS WISH WILL BE THAT AFTER HIM NO ONE ELSE SHOULD BE BETTER. THIS THEY DO BY DESTROYING THE PROPER DEMOCRATIC SYSTEMS AND MAKING PEOPLE SHY AWAY FROM LEADERSHIP POSITIONS. BY THE TIME A DICTATOR GOES SEVERAL THOUSAND LEADERS EMERGE CAOTICALLY. PEOPLE WILL NOT HAVE SEEN THEM RISE AND IN THE STAMPIDE CHAOS INSUES. IT TAKES YEARS BEFORE SETTLING TO NORMALCY. BUT IGNORANT PEOPLE WILL START THINKING THE DICTATOR WAS A SUPPER LEADER AFTER ALL. THIS WILL HAPPEN TO ZANUPF AND ZIMBABWE, WATCH THIS SPACE.

JONAH - 17 July 2013

“When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily; but with honest, sensible leaders there is stability.” Proverbs 28:2

Roy Gono - 17 July 2013

“Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation.” Proverbs 16:12

Roy Gono - 17 July 2013

Phunyu- At this stage of our history we need to preach peace, peace and peace. Peace begins with you Phunyu, peace begins with me and peace begins with all of us. Your story of gukurahundi I have given your several lessons and do not need to repeat. I hope you are not one of our former colonisers who is interested only in stirring hate. Alas! Even if you are one I sincerely ask you to change for the sac of your children and my children.

dung - 17 July 2013

Chinua Achebe said an old woman is not at easy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb.UMugane ublawa ngumzwangedwa bakwethu.Why are scared mwana waBonna?Keep us posted please!

Ndabazezwe Viki - 18 July 2013

@dung, wena bulongwe, Gukurahundi Mugabe killed Black people - thats a fact, you cannot pretend otherwise. Again, we can not forgive people who never admit to the errors of their ways and apologise. After Gukurahundi, he still went on to kill more through Murambatswina and election violence. So whats there to forgive?

Phunyukabemphethe - 18 July 2013

He wants to be called Mugabe..... When he hates Zimbabwe..... His actual name is Matibhiri..... And he thought rocks hold pure dhiziri.... He would rather be in Singapore..... Than get treatment from home woo.... He rushes to Lesotho..... For parties too..... But deep down he knows..... Vanhu Havachada Mugabe&zanupf!!

Stop-a-Thief - 18 July 2013

Va Mugabe woyeee!!! Va Mugabe chete!!!

Laurie wekwa Bopi - 18 July 2013

Va Mugabe woyeee!!! Va Mugabe chete!!!

Laurie wekwa Bopi - 18 July 2013

Ma examples a-robert zvakaoma, why cant he compare himself to Mandela for example, lol mugabe says west is eyeing zim's mineral resources etc so what are the chinese eyeing? Gaddafi lived by the gun so did saddam and sadam's son uday in the end you all by the gun.....I think he forgot he killed a lot of people in matebeleland and during run up to elections. He is a puppet of the east he he he de kamuchembere kegudo kanotyei he must face t like a man, we need answers as to why all the killings and why our economy is in shambles after 33-years and dont tell us of that hobble gobble of sanctions...u had 33-years to make it right, make it better not worse

justicemonger - 18 July 2013

Mr Mugabe, it is very surprising that you compare yourself with Gaddafi, who at least gave his country men benefits unlike Saddam who murdered just like yourself. We do not have our own currency now because of your party and your lack of control of your croonies...You wouldnt need to worry if you were like, should we say Mandela, the man you spoke down on in your interview flaunting your lavish lifestyle on tv. shame.

Travis Black - 18 July 2013

For those who believe and support Mugabe you should think again with more clarity. He is a great indocrinator, he has had 33 years to brainwash. The West is not perfect but it is not evil. Look at all the information you can on the internet with an open mind. Don't rely on the lies and controlled press. Look at the evidence and think before you decide.

independent observer - 18 July 2013

Mugabe must not blame the West for his misrule, Mugabe must look in the mirror , and the man he will see in the mirror is the man to blame for misruling Zimbabwe

Dollar - 20 July 2013

there is nothing to be afraid of when you know the truth and stick to the truth. when you have failed, you have failed. mr mugabe you long failed but still find it difficult to accept. how many more years do you need to prove you are are a failure? coward

tkz - 23 July 2013

no hanging for bob. who can hang a dad man?

isagwariisa - 23 July 2013

ACCOUNTABILITY Finger pointing you, finger pointing me . BOARD MEMBERS WILL NOW PLACE A VOTE .

VASHUMBA - 30 July 2013

There is a lesson to learn. Longevity should handled wisely. Succession planning is a wise thing. Even the best dancer if he or she does not leave the stage, people wonder or get fed up. It's about motony perhaps not that the dancer is no longer dancing well.

Baliruno David - 28 November 2017

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