Mugabe: My mind is young

2011-02-26 23:05

Harare - Zimbabwe's ruler of 30 years celebrated his 87th birthday on Saturday, saying that even if his body "may get spent" he still has the political ideas of a young man.

President Robert Mugabe turned 87 on Monday but traditionally marks his birthday later with a mass meeting of the youth movement he founded. He returned home on Sunday after undergoing medical treatment in Singapore.

"87 is only 8 plus 7. I want to remain with you. My body may get spent but I wish my mind will always be with you," he told more than 6 000 supporters in an animated 70-minute address.

Mugabe said his ideas were not those of an "aged person" but those of a young man that "will rejuvenate the country and impel us to be innovative and imaginative".

Mugabe, wearing the red neck scarf of his youth movement, told the gathering of party leaders, youth groups and children that he never capitulated to pressures from Western leaders over their allegations of human rights abuses by him and his Zanu-PF party.

"No, that will never happen. That is where I derive strength," he said. To him, he said, US President Barack Obama "is just a nobody in America".

Flowers and cakes

Mugabe was garlanded with flowers, and he listened to two hours of praise-singing by choirs and music groups. Other supporters chanted slogans recalling the guerrilla war that swept Mugabe to power in 1980, ending British colonial rule.

Tables in the convention hall were laden with giant cakes he cut during the ceremony, one resembling a giant Zimbabwean flag and another depicting the Great Zimbabwe ruins of a stone city built by a tribal dynasty in southern Zimbabwe in the 14th century from which Zimbabwe derives its name.

After disputed, violence-plagued elections in 2008, Mugabe was forced by regional leaders to join a shaky coalition with the long-time opposition leader, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who did not attend Saturday's birthday bash.

Political violence and intimidation have surged since Mugabe called for elections later this year to bring the coalition to an end. Tsvangirai's party has opposed early elections before constitutional reforms are complete.

  • - 2011-02-27 00:29

    Flipping deluded mad man!! Another despot dictator who needs to be toppled!!!!!

      Paul - 2011-02-27 07:45

      Of course his mind is young, like most Orlando Pirates fans, his brain has never been used.

  • Mundu - 2011-02-27 01:33

    Die pig !

  • Geo Farmer - 2011-02-27 02:25

    This is the RULEBOOK used to topple Corrupt REGIMES: Gene Sharp: Author of the nonviolent revolution rulebook I'm sure these rules could be used by ZIM @ SA CITIZENS

      Paul - 2011-02-27 08:23

      Here is another #1 best Seller, needed for when African Dictators turn non violent protests into African Democracies. - The Anarchists Cookbook (Google Jolly Roger I believe). Of course I have never read it, but I believe it shows you how to make Thermite and Napalm.

  • slg - 2011-02-27 02:54

    He's bobbing around asking to be taken down. Come on Zimbabweans, can't you see what's happening in the world? Gather a few hundred thousand of you together and march him and his cronies down. He and they are weak in comparison to Gadaffi, and looks what's happening to him.

      BigD - 2011-02-27 07:36

      They have not taken him out as they need him to destroy Zim. When there is nothing left the Chinese will take over and they will be forced to work.

      slg - 2011-02-27 08:47


  • michael.e.bowery - 2011-02-27 04:53

    The unfortunately living proof of the old saying....`Only the good die young.'........

  • Oupa - 2011-02-27 07:29

    What mind?

  • BigD - 2011-02-27 07:37

    Ja right. Old Bobs mind never got past grade 2.

      Colin Dovey - 2011-02-27 08:27

      He has reportedly got 4 degrees.........Degrees of deep-seated madness. What a SAD story for a country I once worked in and loved.

  • Pieter Wolf - 2011-02-27 07:43

    Brains brand new, like a baby's neve been used

  • Peter - 2011-02-27 07:47

    It boggles my mind that the locals put up with that guy. They seem to be mesmerized into a collective slave's mind by him.

  • Ross - 2011-02-27 08:01

    The Zimbabwe ruins were built by small people hence the tiny steps and very low doorway's. The locals are definately not decendants of these people, whoever they are. An 87 year old goat with a young brain - what next?

  • Dips - 2011-02-27 08:16

    What an amazing man, propagates he will "rejunevate" the country, political ideas of a young man! Hmm, should have happened many years ago, I hope the people will sort him as in Egypt and Libya. There are no room for dictators in Africa any more, he must go, sooner than later, for the Zim people, take a stance and and get rid of this old man that sees nothing than dictatorship and poverty.

  • lldoidge - 2011-02-27 08:27

    Like a two year old throwing tantrums and wanting it's own way! Why is it that good people die young and the scum of the earth just go on and on and on?

  • Kenko - 2011-02-27 08:37

    First he screws up a country, the announces he will "rejuvenate" it. This relative of primates doesn't deserve to even breathe anymore, yet they still sing his praizes for more than two hours. How is it possible that a whole population can be so stupid? I say let him stay in power, break what little is left, and die a hungry old man. Hell, I hope he lives past 100. Hopefully, as he breathes his last breath, he will realize what a moron he was all his life.

  • william.botha - 2011-02-27 08:47

    Yes, his mind is young, very young, like a 3 year old.

  • william.botha - 2011-02-27 08:52

    Walk like an Egyptian

      Cyril - 2011-02-27 09:10

      Zimbo's need to learn to be a bit less fukken docile and walk tall like Egyptians. Fight this bastard people. TAKE HIM DOWN.

  • Werner Boshoff - 2011-02-27 09:06

    "a young man that "will rejuvenate the country and impel us to be innovative and imaginative" - This really almost made me swallow my bacon and cheese omelette.

  • Cyril - 2011-02-27 09:07


  • Werner Boshoff - 2011-02-27 09:08

    "a young man that "will rejuvenate the country and impel us to be innovative and imaginative" - This really almost made me swallow my bacon and cheese omelette.

  • Werner Boshoff - 2011-02-27 09:09

    "a young man that "will rejuvenate the country and impel us to be innovative and imaginative" - This really almost made me swallow my bacon and cheese omelette.

  • Werner Boshoff - 2011-02-27 09:10

    "a young man that "will rejuvenate the country and impel us to be innovative and imaginative" - This really almost made me choke on my bacon & cheese omelette.

  • phillip.havenga - 2011-02-27 09:20

    What a joke his brain is has rotted away from never being used!

  • Francois - 2011-02-27 09:22

    His "brain" has been spent long ago!

  • golflovinggran - 2011-02-27 10:26

    What a laugh!!!! Don't kid yourself Mugabe, you dont have a mind. Beware , your day is coming. With all these dictators being done away with, it's just a matter of time.

  • bosegoos - 2011-02-27 15:59

    Glad to hear is mind is still OK. So the Governor-General of Zim'z Reserve Bank does not have to render assistance in this department!

  • slg - 2011-02-27 17:18

    His mind is young (read: a child's mind) and much of his consciousness is in his Ego-I

  • Abu - 2011-02-28 20:42

    30 years is enough man, times have changed, even in africa, people get tired of presidents for life.

  • willieman - 2011-03-01 16:59

    Bob,that's what we call an illusion Sir,Thatcher,Major,Blair, Bush they all moved on you still barking haaaiiiibo!!!!! or are you waiting to bark at Obama

  • AJ - 2011-03-08 06:37

    His mind is very young, I was thinking more like an eight or ten year old, though.

  • Neo - 2011-05-26 22:56

    Im sure his wife Disgrace knows how young his sick mind is

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