Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has passed on in Singapore from where he was receiving medical treatment.
Robert Mugabe who died at the age of 95 had been ill for some time. He led Zimbabwe as prime minister and president for 37 years after the country was created from the white-minority ruled Rhodesia in 1980.
He led Zimbabwe from 1980 to 2017, when he was ousted. Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, took over power after Robert Mugabe paid tribute to the former leader.
His early days as President were praised for broadening access to health and education but he became a centre of hatred towards the end of his regime.
Even though his regime turned out to be a bad one, characterised with huge rates of inflation and unemployment rates, the former dictator will at least be remembered for having fought white men’s extremism in his country and Africa as a whole.
Here are some of the prominent quotes from Robert Mugabe that he will be remembered for
Mugabe speaking about Imperialism.
“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.” – Speech at Salisbury, 1962
“Stay with us, please remain in this country and constitute a nation based on national unity.” – A plea to the white population of Zimbabwe at a Zanu-PF rally, 1980
“Only God, who appointed me, will remove me – not the MDC, not the British. Only God will remove me!” – Election rally, 2008. MDC is an opposition party.
“Our party must continue to strike fear in the heart of the white man, our real enemy.” – Zanu-PF rally, 2002
Mugabe speaking about the 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.” – Interview, 2007
Robert Mugabe speaking about US presidents
“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 the innocent blood of many nationalities.” – UNGA, 2007
“I’ve just concluded – since President Obama endorses 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.” – ZDC radio interview, 2015
“Some of us were embarrassed, if not frightened, by what appeared to be the return of the biblical giant gold Goliath. Are we having a return of Goliath to our midst, who threatens the extinction of other countries?” – UNGA, 2017
“May I say to the United States President, Mr Trump, please blow your trumpet. Blow your trumpet in a musical way towards the values of unity, peace, cooperation, togetherness, dialogue, which we have always stood for.” – UNGA, 2017
Mugabe speaking about Britain
“Britain is a very cold, uninhabitable country with small houses.” – Mutare rally, 2013. 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’.” – Reference to an incident in which human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell attempted a citizens’ arrest on Mugabe during a visit to London in October 1999
“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 keeps your England, and let me keep my Zimbabwe.” – Earth Summit, South Africa, 2002
Mugabe speaking about homosexuality
“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.” – ZDC radio interview, 2015
Mugabe speaking about 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.” – State funeral of a Cabinet minister, 2003
Mugabe speaking about Jesus Christ
“I have died many times – that’s where I have beaten Christ. Christ died once and resurrected once.” – To state radio on 88th birthday
By John Dalton Kigozi