Zimbabwe: I Will Rule Till God Says Come – Mugabe

via Zimbabwe: I Will Rule Till God Says Come – Mugabe – allAfrica.com 31 January 2016

President Robert Mugabe yesterday launched a tirade against critics who say he has overstayed in power, vowing to hang on to power until he dies.

Mugabe became AU chairperson in January 2015 amid pomp and fanfare, but local analysts and opposition groups say his term was a disaster.

In his hour-long speech, the soon to be 92-year-old leader said he would lead Zimbabwe until God called him.

“I will be there until God says come, but as long as am alive I will head the country, forward ever, backward never,” he said.

Mugabe said those who were saying he must hand over power to others were not democratic. He said such calls were emanating from Europe.

President Mugabe who was preceded on the podium by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and the chairperson of the AU Commission Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma was cheered wildly as he took a pot shot at United States President Barack Obama.

“There is Obama today. What is he? A voice made to speak their language, not our language,” he charged.

“Blacks suffer in the US today, there is no education for all, health for all.”

Mugabe had stumbled lightly before he reached the podium. The Zimbabwean leader has been in power since independence in 1980.

Meanwhile, MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said Zimbabweans should be relieved that Mugabe’s tenure as AU chair had ended.

“Mugabe’s tenure of office didn’t bring any positive results to Zimbabwe in particular and Africa in general,” he said.

“For instance, the hot political spots in Africa such as Burundi, Somalia, Libya and the DRC are still in turmoil.

“Mugabe didn’t do anything meaningful and tangible to resolve the various political problems in these troubled African countries.

“He was just hoping from one plane onto another in 2015 as the African political hot spots continued to burn.”

Gutu said Mugabe has never been known to be an astute diplomat and trouble-shooter, but a talkative leader with less action.

 “As for Zimbabwe, Mugabe was basically an absentee president in 2015 as he was always travelling,” he said.

“He travelled out of Zimbabwe a record 44 times, gobbling more than $60 million from the bankrupt national Treasury in the process, while the Zimbabwean economy remains in a comatose condition.”

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) international relations secretary, Willas Madzimure, said Mugabe was virtually “folding his hands while Zimbabwe and Africa burns” during his tenure.

He described him as the worst AU chair Africa ever had.

“His [Mugabe] report card as AU chair shows that Africa continues to be ravaged by wars, terror attacks, coups, food shortages, droughts, diseases, HIV and Aids, Ebola, corruption, human and child trafficking, child labour; and high unemployment while he and his continental henchmen stood akimbo,” Madzimure said.

He said Mugabe failed to provide political leadership to the continent, leaving most African problems unresolved and exploding into full-scale conflicts.

Serious problems are rife in South Sudan, Mali and Burkina Faso where General Gilbert Diendere staged a coup on September 16 2015.

In Burundi, another genocide is almost unfolding under Mugabe’s tenure after Pierre Nkurunzinza bulldozed himself to a third presidential term.

There is also growing insecurity on the continent with the rise of terror groups such as Boko Haram, Al Qaeda and ISIL in East, West and Northern Africa. This has forced many Africans to flee to Europe, with some perishing at sea.

“To all these heinous acts, the continental leader seemed to turn a blind eye, maybe realising he has often relied on the same tactics to extend his rule.

“Mugabe maintained his deafening silence on these tragic incidences,” Madzimure said.

During his tenure, Mugabe traversed the globe for presidential inaugurations and attended international conferences, but remained mum on the challenges some African countries were facing.


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    ZimMatata 5 years ago

    Mugabe has no shame. He expected Obama to achieve in 8 years what he has failed to achieve in more than 35 years (make the life of blacks better).Zimbabwe is a sorry state.

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    Rawboy 5 years ago

    Rather pretentious of him to presume God will call him and not the Devil eh! LOL!

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    I look forward to the day when Mugabe has a “toilet mishap” on the podium. Maybe he wears diapers?

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    Zvakwana 5 years ago

    Please call him NOW!!!We are all waiting expectantly it must be SOON!

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    MikeH 5 years ago

    The sooner God says “come” the better.

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    IAN SMITH 5 years ago

    The ovens of hell have not reached 1000 degrees.
    20000 Ndebeles are gathering in the stadium to watch you get fried.

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    Tjingababili 5 years ago


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    Jono Austin 5 years ago

    Seriously is the man mad or senile? What a disappointment and disaster he has been.

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    ntaba 5 years ago

    Poor old fart – he mixed it all up again. He meant “Forward never – backward for ever under my rule.” But there are plenty of mujibas from all walks of life and nations that are hanging on to
    his skirt strings for a few dollars.

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    kalulu 5 years ago

    This deranged old man is at it again. It goes without saying that holding elections under the current conditions in Zimbabwe is a waste of time and an insult to people’s intelligence.

    Mugabe is telling all and sundry that he will never accept the will of the people through an election. He knows why he is paying NIKUV and is now playing and fooling with GOD’S name unless if he is referring to Lucifer who is the god of this planet.

    Does Mugabe honestly think that he is talking to or being listened to by brainless people when he accuses President Obama not doing enough for Black people’s Health and Education. This coming from Mugabe who spends a month on holiday with his extended family fully paid for by the state as well as other exorbitant allowances on top including his relatives who are not government officials when his Black Medical practitioners, Teachers and other civil servants spend the festive period with no salary not to talk of bonus which remains a pie in the sky.

    How does his extreme lack of emotional intelligence and lack of respect for his fellow Zimbabweans compare with anyone else in the world as it is misplaced and a misnomer to compare him with Obama.

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    Nyoni 5 years ago

    He is truly mad and senile.Anyone can see it. This beast from hell must go now ,no one will deal with this laughing stock or rather village idiot.

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    “Blacks suffer in the U.S. Today, there is no education for all, no health for all”. Maybe, but they are all far far better off than in Zim.

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    Reverend 5 years ago

    andy if blacks suffer in the USA it is self inflicted because they have every opportunity to do as well as any other white or Hispanic etc. In fact they have more opportunity as they do not have to achieve the same levels as whites to get into college. Check it out.

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    The telephone has been disconnected in the Washington Embassy. Is that forward you stupid old fool!!! Just pathetic.

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    Nyoni 5 years ago

    Reverend I believe Andy is talking about our situation in Zimbabwe being bad under Mugabe . Even having the highest level of education in Africa means nothing to us under this mad man.America is America and one has to work hard to achieve .The African American is still discrimated against and that wont be changing any time soon.

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    The phrase “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad” is spoken by Prometheus in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “The Masque of Pandora” and I think that happened a long time ago to Mad Bob – the Butcher of Zimbabwe.

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    IAN SMITH 5 years ago

    Joshua Inkomo = the father of Zimbabwe

    Bob Matibli alias (Mugabe) = The Butcher of Zimbabwe

    A fitting title for the Genocidal Maniac perhaps going forward we should address him as Butcher Bob??

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    Simba racho kanaka 5 years ago

    its time for we zimbabians to suffer

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    God is god who is able even u to don t worry about what people do god bless u