In Summary
  • Former Zimbabwean president had a long history of making colourful or controversial remarks.

Robert Mugabe, who has died aged 95, was Zimbabwe's president for 37 years.

He had a long history of making colourful or controversial remarks during his nearly four decades.

He was ousted in a military coup in November 2017.

Here are some of them:

  • On staying in office

2014: "Some are saying 'Mr Mugabe is old, so he should step down'... No! When my time comes, I will tell you."

2008: "Only God who appointed me will remove me — not the MDC (opposition), not the British."

  • On Independence

Mugabe's speech when Zimbabwe won independence was more conciliatory.

1980: "It could never be a correct justification that because the whites oppressed us yesterday when they had power, the blacks must oppress them today."

  • On seizing farms from whites

2000: "You are now our enemies because you really have behaved as enemies of Zimbabwe. We are full of anger. Our entire community is angry and that is why we now have the war veterans seizing land."

2002: "Our party must continue to strike fear in the heart of the white man, our real enemy."

  • On Britain, former colonial ruler

2001: "The British were brought up as a violent people, liars, scoundrels and crooks... I am told that (former British PM Tony) Blair was a troublesome little boy at school."

  • On homosexuality and gay marriages

2010: "Worse than pigs and dogs... Those who do it, we will say, they are wayward. It is just madness, insanity."

2013: "(President Barack) Obama came to Africa saying Africa must allow gay marriages... God destroyed the Earth because of these sins. Weddings are for a man and a woman."

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