Top 20+ Wise, Stupid And Rib Cracking Quotes Of Robert Mugabe


Robert Mugabe has been the President of Zimbabwe for a very long time, almost eternally. His emergence as the leader of the nation can be traced back  to the conflict of the White minority government of then Rhodesia. He was a prominent leader of the rebel groups against the White minority rule, became a political prisoner in Rhodesia between 1964 and 1974, led a military wing during the Rhodesian Bush War, was elected as Prime Minister in 1980, and occupied the office until 31 December 1987 when he became the first executive head of state.

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While Mugabe has always been criticized by the Western world as corrupt, incompetent and tyrant, he remained a hero to Many Zimbabweans and Africans at large until recently. He has increasingly been denounced by many of his African admirer due to his cling to power and the devastating economic crisis rocking Zimbabwe at his watch.

Mugabe to many has a complicated, odd choice of words and sense of comparison as he has in many occasions, made statements that are inciting and malicious, mischievous and out rightly stupid. Some times, his statements are quite wise and other times, they’re amusingly incredible. Under-listed are his leading statements that aroused controversy. See for yourself if Mugabe was rightly likened to a lion that roars and “leaves some quotable quotes that linger in the mind for a very long time.”

1. His Opinion About Himself

“I am still the Hitler of the time. This Hitler has only one objective, justice for his own people, sovereignty for his people, recognition of the independence of his people, and their right to their resources. If that is Hitler, then let me be a Hitler tenfold. Ten times, that is what we stand for.”

2. On Gay Marriage

Mugabe has never supported gay marriage, and has always ridiculed the idea, for to him, “even Satan wasn’t Gay, he chose to approach unclad Eve Instead of unclad Adam”. It would be ideal to demand of Mugabe how he got to know Satan was a He. But then, there are no strong sources to link him with the statement. Below however are verified statements he made concerning gay marriage.

  • “If you take men and lock them in a house for five years and tell them to come up with two children and they fail to do that, then we will chop off their heads.”
  • “Archbishop Tutu said it is nice to be gay, yet he has a wife, he should have begun by getting himself a man for a woman…When you are a bishop and cannot interpret the Bible, you should resign and give it to those who can. We will not compromise our tradition and tolerate 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…I keep pigs and the male pig knows the female one.”

Mugabe on Gay

  • ‘I’ve just concluded – since President Obama endorses the same-sex marriage, advocates homosexual people and enjoys an attractive countenance – thus if it becomes necessary, I shall travel to Washington, DC, get down on my knee and ask his hand.’

3. His Opinion About South Xenophobia In South Africa

When some South Africans went crazy, hunting, harming and killing Africans from other countries living in South Africa, Mugabe reportedly stated that “South Africans will kick down a statue of a dead white man but won’t even attempt to slap a live one. Yet they can stone to death a black man simply because he’s a foreigner.” However, the statement can’t be authenticated as Mugabe’s as the sources are not reliable. But then, it’s certain that he blamed white South Africans for the xenophobic attacks. According to him:

“It is a matter of the whites keeping things to themselves and the political dispensation brought in by Mandela, (that) did not address the question of disparities between whites and blacks, and this is what must be addressed.”

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4. His Opinion About The White Man To Trust

Mugabe was elected Prime Minister after he called for reconciliation between the sections engaged in the Rhodesian Bush Warfare, including white Zimbabweans and rival political parties. Mugabe said “Stay with us, please remain in this country and constitute a nation based on national unity.” When Mugabe’s land reform was criticized for taking lands belonging to White farmers he retorted that

“The white man is not indigenous to Africa. Africa is for Africans. Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans…The white man is here as a second citizen. The only man you can trust is a dead white man.”

Mugabe later on said : “What we hate is not the color of their skins but the evil that emanates from them.” And thus emphasized that: “Our party must continue to strike fear in the heart of the white man, our real enemy!”

5. On Tony Blair and George W Bush

As Mugabe can only trust a dead white man, he attacked the living with his words. Some of the statements he made about Tony Blair And George W Bush are as listed below:

  • “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…”
  • “We have fought for our land, we have fought for our sovereignty, small as we are we have won our independence and we are prepared to shed our blood…. So, Blair keep your England, and let me keep my Zimbabwe.”
  • “Mr Bush, Mr. Blair and now Mr Brown’s sense of human rights precludes our people’s right to their God-given resources, which in their view must be controlled by their kith and kin. I am termed dictator because I have rejected this supremacist view and frustrated the neo-colonialists.”
  • “We are now being coerced to accept and believe that a new political-cum-religious doctrine has arisen, namely that there is but one political God, George W Bush, and Tony Blair is his prophet.”
  • “Let Mr. Bush read history correctly. Let him realise that both personally and in his representative capacity as the current President of the United States, he stands for this “civilisation” which occupied, which colonised, which incarcerated, which killed. He has much to atone for and very little to lecture us on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. His hands drip with innocent blood of many nationalities”

6. About The CommonWealth

“The Commonwealth is a mere club, but it has become like an ‘Animal Farm’ where some members are more equal than others. How can Blair claim to regulate and direct events and still say all of us are equals?”

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7. On How To Get Zimbabweans Civilized

Undoubtedly, President Mugabe is a big fan of cricket. He was so passionate about the game to such extent he was convinced the game can make Zimbabweans well-mannered. Thus he remarked:

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

8. About Criticizing His Government

Commenting on a violent clash between members of his party and the opposition MDC, Mugabe said:

“When they criticize the government when it tries to prevent violence and punish perpetrators of that violence we take the position that they can go hang.”

9. On Zimbabwe’s Economy

“Our economy is a hundred times better, than the average African economy. Outside South Africa, what country is [as good as] Zimbabwe? … What is lacking now are goods on the shelves—that is all.”

10. On Why He Clings On Power

Now you can stop wondering why he’s less willing to leave office even when age is no longer favoring him. According to Mugabe:

“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.”

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