Mugabe 'hurt' by US protests

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe, without a hint of irony, yesterday lashed at pro-democracy groups — including music icon Thomas Mapfumo — for demonstrating against him during his visit to New York last week.

Addressing Zanu PF supporters at Harare International Airport upon his return from the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting, Mugabe however, said he was thankful to the December 12 Movement which “neutralised” the Zimbabwean protesters.

“Now, think about it, we are the only country who had these people,” Mugabe told the bussed supporters.

“He (Evan Mawarire) leaves here alone and rushes to America to recruit other people two, three, four and says let’s go. Zimbabwe was the only one, it’s embarrassing, it’s a shame, a great shame, there were no other countries.

“They say there is no democracy, in here? Are there no squabbles the whole world, aren’t there people with their own disgruntlements?

“Why are they not found at the United Nations? And you find only Zimbabweans, don’t they think? We hear (Thomas) Mapfumo was also there, to do what? Only that group of Zimbabweans.

“Zimbabwe; the whole world, what a shame, a great shame,” lamented Mugabe.

Exiled clergyman, Mawarire who was hounded out of the country by Mugabe and his Zanu PF allies, after staging a successful crippling strike on July 6, organised Zimbabweans in the US to demonstrate against the long-serving nonagenarian during the UN meeting in New York, last week, over the deteriorating economic situation in the country.

Chimurenga music maestro, Mapfumo, was among the people who heeded Mawarire’s call to embarrass Mugabe in front of the global media which came out in full force to cover the UN General Assembly meeting.

Mapfumo has been living in the US since 2002 and is among Mugabe’s most rabid critics.

Yesterday, Mugabe betrayed a man clearly hurt by the protests which he countered through the vociferous December 12 Movement which has stood by him yearly when he is at the UN.

“They (Mawarire, Mapfumo and others) were sent by the whites. They were instructed, we say down with them and the whites who sent them. The British, the Americans who sent them, down with them,” denounced Mugabe.

Meanwhile, Mugabe castigated fellow African presidents for “warming” up to the western countries, claiming they were against the elevation of the continent to the permanent post of the UN Security Council.

Describing them as cowards, the Zanu PF leader said he would drum up support for fellow African countries to leave the UN.

“This year we have resolved to unite so that when our demands to reform the UN are not met... although we haven’t finished the discussions.

“We want to resolve that if they continue refusing; they must not cry foul if everyone unites to form another organisation.

“I don’t know if everyone will be willing to unite with us, because it requires people who are strong. But now we have people who fear, they are no longer those who formed the OAU now (Africa Union), they are cowards.

“So we are going to go around strengthening them in the coming days,” said Mugabe.

Comments (21)

Some call it common sense while others call it being a coward. Those who have common sense prosper will the others destroy their countries.

Pieter Herbst - 25 September 2016

This old man wants all African states to suffer like Zimbabweans, NONSENSE, ipa ari kushaya mari yekubhadhara vashandi

peter - 25 September 2016

Now you want to drag the rest of Africa with you the way you are dragging Zim? How can you boast about hiring a miserably looking group of black American destitute to pretend to be supporting you? Those were homeless people that you hired bob, everyone knows that, cheap politics and propaganda. You're a loser, a loser will always be a loser. Now instead of enjoying your retirement you are busy fighting everyone, you are going to die a bitter man, a loner, you think you got friends? All those ministers, generals who say they love and respect you are just using you for their own benefit. LOSER!!!

misty - 25 September 2016

Dragging the whole of Africa out of UN is not possible because Mugabe can't even drag his own ZANU PF party towards his own dead end.

Ziziharinanyanya - 25 September 2016

This old man is no longer compatinle with the demands of today's world. He has no place and no part to play in anything good for Zimbabwe and Africa except resigning and even that will come to late and there cannot be any grace involved. Whilst the country is burning he has the mind to tell the urchins meeting him at the airport that he will soon go around persuading Africa to abandon the UN if his wishes are not observed. This possibly cannot be the result of old age. Its something worse. Most likely insarnity. He is not content with the disaster he has visited on Zimbabwe, he wants to spread it across Africa. An absolute looser is what the man is.

Max Kufakwejeyi - 25 September 2016

Mugabe thinks UN security council falls under indigenous act and is entitled to 51% stake. An african country needs to work extremely hard, develop, transform, itself into a safe ,stable world class, super power and powerful economy. Security council is a big boys high table. It is very much achievable for a willing african country. African leaders laugh behind the scenes at mugabe's rhetoric.

X-MAN IV - 25 September 2016

That's really going ahead of yourself You seriously think that other African leaders can be advised by you to leave the UN ???? but they wont listen to an old sadist who is out of touch with reality The people who you paid in New York to support you were pathetic they had no idea of what is happening in Zimbabwe The money you paid obviously went to crack and alcohol they would have done anything to buy drugs Stop obsessing about Mawarire or Mapfumo and device ways to get us out of this mess we leave in 99% of Zimbabweans supported what was going on in New York and we would have loved to go there all of us to embarrass you but we don't have Air Zimbabwe at our back and call like you do but you obviously have a tap which continuously spits USD no wander the country is broke You are now an embarrassment more so to Zimbabweans because you have forced our children to wander about the world so they can support their relatives back home You should be ashamed If things were ok in Zim do you think people would protest in New York ? You really don't know the plight of your people in Zimbabwe or you simply don't care as long as you and your family are ok We are talking basics food health education You have failed us At no stage since these protests have you addressed these basic issues but just issue threats Your answer to your failure is the** west**You have lost everyone respect

Naphiri Chisayi - 25 September 2016

The shame is on you mister, shame great shame!!

Sagitarr - 26 September 2016

Mugabe isn't even slightly concerned about any protesters locally or abroad as he is just too thick skinned and knows only too well that he has the unconditional support from the many other African leaders who act and behave in the exact same way he does. Much of his popularity also stems from his hatred of whites and the manner in which he has treated them? Yet he loves their fanciest of cars, clothing, food, 5 star hotels, medical clinics etc?

Rhodie - 26 September 2016

Mugabe going the Kamuzu Banda route. He has lost touch with reallity. Dzaakuite touch. Bvuma wasakara sekuru waRobert wemadrugs. Kusanyara!

Dakarai - 26 September 2016

If anyone had ant doubts that Mugabe has lost his marbles herein is the proof!

Jonso - 26 September 2016

This is madness. Seriously Mugabe can not change for the better,,what kind of a human being is Mugabe,,he can clearly see that the rest of African countries can not agree with his idiotic methods but he still call them cowerds. what a shame,,unsteady of him to think about it carefully in order for him to see his wrong doing.This idiot &his followers are all mad

matsotsi - 26 September 2016

When next are you boarding a plane? To do what uncle? Please sit in your office and do some admin work. You Zvimba bastard

Trips Jongwe - 26 September 2016

That's where we lose it. We can't call our "ancestor" uncle. He is past his sell by date no wonder why we hear all these insane rants. Why dream of reforming the UN when Zimbabwe is burning everyone of its 390757km2?

Mabhengeza - 26 September 2016

That's where we lose it. We can't call our "ancestor" uncle. He is past his sell by date no wonder why we hear all these insane rants. Why dream of reforming the UN when Zimbabwe is burning everyone of its 390757km2?

Mabhengeza - 26 September 2016

This man called Mugabe is out of reality with whats on ground in zimbabwe,from 1951 when he was in South Africa at Fort Hare University doing his studies,he doesn't even know Harare.kkkkkkkkk muchakaura sekuru muguva nengozi dzakaparwa nemi nezanu pf yako.

Zvachonyana - 27 September 2016

This man called Mugabe is out of reality with whats on ground in zimbabwe,from 1951 when he was in South Africa at Fort Hare University doing his studies,he doesn't even know Harare.kkkkkkkkk muchakaura sekuru muguva nengozi dzakaparwa nemi nezanu pf yako.

Zvachonyana - 27 September 2016

This man called Mugabe is out of reality with whats on ground in zimbabwe,from 1951 when he was in South Africa at Fort Hare University doing his studies,he doesn't even know Harare.kkkkkkkkk muchakaura sekuru muguva nengozi dzakaparwa nemi nezanu pf yako.

Zvachonyana - 27 September 2016

To convince other African leaders. People, this is just a silly ploy to get into the plane again and again. Has anybody ever guessed why the man is obsessed with being in a plane. it would be nice to have a home in the sky!!

@BM & Wailing Nation - 27 September 2016

Yes we are hurt but these demonstrations either in the streets of Harare or New York,wont take us anywhere. The actual demonstration to liberate the masses will only come in the year 2018. At the moment we are not working for our good but to exacerbate our suffering. Shame on the demonstrators for they are not for Zimbabwe.

chatambudza - 30 September 2016

Zimbavha iri!

rav - 1 October 2016

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