Let’s take a quick look at President Mugabe’s top 10 famous quotes throughout his 37-year rule as leader of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe has died on September 6, 2019 at age 95.
Mugabe was the only leader Zimbabweans had known since independence in 1980. He was one of the world’s oldest head of state until he was overthrown in 2017.
During his 37-year rule, Robert Mugabe attracted a great deal of controversy, mostly because of his use of language.
Below are his top 10 most famous quotes:
“I have died many times – that’s where I have beaten Christ. Christ died once and resurrected once.” – To state radio on his 88th birthday
“Only God who appointed me will remove me – not the MDC [opposition], not the British.” – Election rally, 2008
“They are worse than pigs and dogs… Those who do it, we will say, they are wayward. It is just madness, insanity.” – ZDC radio interview, 2015.
“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.
On 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.
“Cricket civilises people and creates good gentlemen. I want everyone to play cricket in Zimbabwe; I want ours to be a nation of gentlemen.” – This is a widely reported quote, but it is unclear when Mugabe said this.
“Our party must continue to strike fear in the heart of the white man, our real enemy.” – A ZANU-PF rally, 2002.
On Barack Obama:
“We have this American president, Obama, born of an African father, who is saying we will not give you aid if you don’t embrace 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.
“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 D.C, get down on my knee, and ask his hand.” – 2013.
On grooming a successor:
“Grooming a successor, is it an inheritance? In a democratic party, you don’t want leaders appointed that way. They have to be appointed properly by the people.” – TV interview, 2016
On Nelson Mandela:
“I asked one ANC Minister how come the whites have been left with so much power, and he said it was because of your friend Mandela. That was an ANC Minister who was saying that. Mandela went too far in doing good to the non-black communities, really in some cases at the expense of (blacks)… That’s being too saintly, too good.” – 2013.