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Funny quotes from Robert Mugabe

Funny quotes from Robert Mugabe

One, is that I need a break from our politics.  Writing about politics all the time, essentially about the ever widening gap between ‘what is’ and ‘what ought to be’ embeds a certain ‘kill joy’. You get frustrated and even angry at things you have no power to change. And this was precisely why I resisted pressure to study medicine in my younger days. Knowing myself, I did not want the empathy about the suffering of my patients to deny me a ‘normal existence’. Political discourses can inflict as much pain. An article like this is therefore escapist, enabling me to write while at the same time living out the late Bola Ige’s ‘siddon look’ philosophy.
Two, Robert Mugabe became Prime Minister of Zimbabwe in 1980, precisely the year I both completed my secondary education and gained admission to read political science at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Mugabe was then regarded as the greatest African reconciler. He forgave those who jailed him for more than ten years in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) between 1964 and 1974. After his release from prison he escaped in 1975 to launch guerrilla warfare against the illegal White supremacists from a base in Mozambique during the Rhodesian Bush War. After the war in 1979, Mugabe, who was a Marxist, surprised his enemies by calling for reconciliation between the former belligerents, including White Zimbabweans, some of whom he appointed into his cabinet in April 1980 when he became Prime Minister. This bit of history is important in contextualizing the current image of Mugabe as a reverse racist and bugaboo in the Western imagination.
Three, Robert Mugabe is a clear epitome of how a certain form of politics could encourage the phenomenon of sit-tightism in Africa. Some fervently believe that without political power, Mugabe’s enemies, especially the West, in collaboration with their local allies, will make sure he ends up at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to answer for the apparent insults he heaved on them  during his reign.  If this is so, will anyone blame the old man for thinking that it is better for him to die in office than to be treated as a criminal in ICC? And what lessons can we learn from Mugabe about creating enabling conditions for peaceful handover of power by incumbents?
Four, despite his famed penchant for  ‘dozing off’ during  public functions, I cannot help but marvel at how a 92-year old is able to appear so strong, jetting around the world and making public speeches. On January 30 2015, Robert Mugabe was elected Chairperson of the African Union. He had earlier led the AU’s precursor the Organisation of African Unity between 1997 and 1998.  Read more

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