Mugabe's most eccentric quotes

LONDON - It was Robert Mugabe’s 90th birthday on Friday.

The president is hailed as a revolutionary hero by many Zimbabweans while the West considers him a tyrant, guilty of corruption and widespread human rights abuses.

It is not surprising that a man who polarises opinion so sharply should possess a presumptuous and outlandish turn of phrase.

He’s been in power for more than 30 years and is the second oldest leader in the world.

His eccentricities remain as unrivalled as his control of Zimbabwe.

Not only has he compared himself to Jesus Christ and to Hitler, but he delivers his outrageous assertions wearing clothes that would give the most flamboyant of grandfathers a run for their money.

He’s like a satirical sketch character. Who else could get away with saying things like this?

On Britain: “Britain is a very cold, uninhabitable country with small houses.”

On gay people: “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.”

On gay rights: “It is not worthy of discussion. Those that engage in such acts are insane. We cannot tolerate this, otherwise the dead will rise against us.”

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.”

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

On being better than Jesus: “I have died many times — that’s where I have beaten Christ. Christ died once and resurrected once.”

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.”

On Tony Blair: “Is it not obvious that Britain, under the regime of Tony Blair, has ceased to respect the Charter of the United Nations?”

On Blair’s tactics: “The UK set gay gangsters on me”

On criticism: “ Only God, who appointed me, will remove me — not the MDC, not the British.

Only God will remove me!”

Comments (7)

Only God" I repeat, only God"will make the end of me and you.There is a time to be born and a time to die . "Period"

MARIYETI MPALA - 23 February 2014

He is surely the Mother of all Idiots on this planet

dick mboko - 23 February 2014

abantu be Halale banengi khiphani umuntu we plz sesidiniwe God did not vote you voted him, plz remove him

Nqwa - 23 February 2014

This report is nonsensical propaganda. You have taken Mr Mugabe's words out of the context in which they were said and twisted them to propagate your own anti-Mugabe tirade. At no time has he compared himself to Hitler or Jesus. Other have done so and he has acknowledged that such hate speech against him has been spread. It is your right to hate them but just don't be a terrorist with a pen , using your platform as pseudo credible journalist of a supposedly credible publication, to give vent to your rabid dislike of the man. You have lied. Shame on you!

Mutswiri - 24 February 2014

...and talking about civilised etiquette....your article is neither civil nor civilised. Shame on you and your paper.

G Tichatonga - 24 February 2014

it is always hard to hear or read the truth

JACK - 25 February 2014

He said it and now you want us to believe he did not say so! Some people are really praying for their meal at the feet of Robert Gabriel Mugarbage

Bingo Wokwa Gutu - 25 February 2014

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