Zimbabwean President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has described his predecessor in office, River Mugabe, who passed on in the early hours of Friday, as icon of liberation.
Announcing the passing of Mugabe, President Mnangagwa wrote “It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe.”
Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state before his resignation in 2017, was the only leader Zimbabweans knew since independence in 1980.
During his 37-year rule of Zimbabwe, the leader built up an impressive amount of controversy, mostly by using colourful language.
Some of his Famous Quotes Include;
On 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.
On the economy:
“Our economy is a hundred times better, than the average African economy. Outside South Africa, what country is Zimbabwe? … What is lacking now are goods on the shelves – that is all.” – Interview, 2007
On 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 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
“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
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