Robert Mugabe turns 90 – Al Jazeera

via Robert Mugabe turns 90 – Inside Story – Al Jazeera English  21 Feb 2014  

After 34 years in power, Africa’s oldest president says he has no intention to retire.

Plans for a huge party on Sunday, said to cost $1m, are being condemned as the country still struggles with its economic crisis.

A freedom fighter for many, he has drawn criticism and condemnation in the West. His country has been under international sanctions for what Europe and the United States say are human rights violations and lack of reforms.

Inside Story will focus on Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwe.

Presenter: Sami Zeidan


Obert Gutu: MDC Harare Province Spokesman.

Nick Mangwana: U.K. Chairman for Zanu PF.

Chofamba Sithole, Journalist and Former Editor of the Sunday Mirror in Zimbabwe.



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    apolitical 8 years ago

    He has whether you support him or not many achievements.
    At independence there was national reconciliation, much like nelson mandela.
    He stood up against the west, something no other third world president has ever done, even larger countries like Russia try and negotiate and he has won.
    Faced all the propaganda they could muster, political division supported by the west.
    Sanctions hurt the west more than Zimbabwe, today facing austerity measures due to reduced trade with third world countries – it will take a while for the west to realize, even some journalists don’t get it and they thought they were bright.
    While others like Syria AND THE Ukraine struggle against the west, the west wonders how to back their claims.
    The propaganda claims human rights infringements yet the only case at the Hague involves the west as they funded same.
    He has at 90 won, it is only fools and those promoting propaganda who don’t realize it, the British Embnassy spent 50 million pounds a montb in Zimbabwe on regime change and failed in a third world country – its on;y a matter of time for them to realize it.
    On sanctions which are illegal not approve as is the law by the UN they now try and produce propaganda newspaper articles they funded as evidence- and still journalists say stupid things oblivious to the truth and fact.
    They claim corruption is Zanu yet when their minister controlled Zesa he looted it and today the new minister fires and dissolves the boards formed by MDC for that purpose. The illegal prepaid meters imported by Tsvangerai’s son continue to be forced on the people without legislation. to fund the losers. The MDC anti corruption never presented one case for prosecution.
    Give President Mugabe a break he just reached 90 that’s a better achievement that you are likely to do and holds down the most important political job in the country.
    Things will come right we just need to jail all the trouble makers and economic saboteurs and that will take time due to the hold they took during the inclusive government.
    It is a very stupid man who doesn’t think reaching 90 is an achievement and winning against the west when countries like Ukraine struggle. Look at the mans achievements and think who else in Zimbabwe has or is capable of the same.
    Forget your stupid politics thinking MDC are angles when the evidence is they were thieves and opportunists

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      Wilbert Mukori 8 years ago

      Why have you no mentioned that Mugabe has destroyed the nation’s economy forcing millions of Zimbabweans into a life of abject poverty and despair? Have you forgotten that he has shed the blood of over 30 000 innocent Zimbabweans to establish and retain his Zanu PF dictatorship?

      Why are you sweeping all these things under the carpet? Is it because you are one of those who have benefited from all the corruption and looting? Or worse still you are one of his goons whose hands are red with the blood of the innocent?

      Well whoever you are know this; the Zanu PF dictatorship’s days are numbered; the cup is full and the tide of change is upon us. There is nothing the tyrant or you or anyone can do to stop the regime change that is coming. Mugabe and all his acolyte will have to account for all the wealth you have and the blood on your hands!

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    let him die with the country. the good thing is that for countries unlike flesh beings like him, there is life after death. what a cruel person that has served his parochial interests from the day he joined politics? how do you explain that he is not bothered to investigate how his comrades died during the liberation struggle? why has any results of the lootings and killings after independence been published? it really shows his complicit in all these shenanigans!!!

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    Tjingababili 8 years ago

    Mangwana and Sithole should be in Zimbabwe! Especially Mangwana!

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    Wilbert Mukori 8 years ago

    The quality of the three panellist was a great disappointment!

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    mkast 8 years ago

    its only self haters who choose not to see that Bob is truly and African hero with or without mistakes

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    Rwendo 8 years ago

    Disappointing discussion and yet strangely accurzte reflection by panel of our situation. ZANU: arrogant, bombastic, dishonest but well prepared. MDC: lightweight, a bit overwhelmed and ill- prepared. Media: factual, polite, and yet not deep or incisive enough in analysis.