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Mugabe declares 'I have beaten Christ'

2012-02-21 16:06

Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Africa's oldest leader, declared himself as "fit as a fiddle" and pushed for new elections later this year as he celebrated his 88th birthday on Tuesday.

"The day will come when I will become sick," Mugabe said in an interview on state-owned Radio Zimbabwe, dismissing fears about his health.

"As of now I am fit as a fiddle."

He poked fun at reports that suffers from a life-threatening disease.

"I have died many times," he said. "That's where I have beaten Christ. Christ died once and [been] resurrected once. I have died and [been] resurrected and I don't know how many times I will die and resurrect."

Mugabe, in power since independence in 1980, said he will stand again in new elections that he insisted should be held this year - with or without the new constitution required under Zimbabwe's power-sharing deal with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

"I came from the people and the people, in their wisdom, our members of the party, will certainly select someone once I say I am now retiring, but not yet. At this age I can still go some distance, can't I?"

Mugabe was chosen in December by his Zanu-PF party to stand again as its presidential candidate.

They are free not to participate

"There is no one who can stand and win at the moment," he said of the contenders in his party jostling to succeed him.

"We just must have elections. They just must take place with or without a new constitution. If others don't want to have an election then they are free not to participate," he told state television.

"Nobody is forced to go to an election but definitely I will exercise my presidential powers in accordance with the main principal law, the constitution of our country, and announce when the election will take place."

Mugabe's health has been the subject of much speculation, especially since WikiLeaks last year released a 2008 diplomatic cable saying central bank chief Gideon Gono had told then-US ambassador James McGee that Mugabe had prostate cancer and had been advised by doctors he had less than five years to live.

Last year he visited Singapore several times, with his spokesperson saying the president had gone for cataract surgery amid repeated media reports that he was suffering from cancer.

Mugabe's health has been cited as one reason that a faction of his Zanu-PF party has pushed to rush new elections.

He turned 88 on Tuesday, marking the day with staffers and his wife Grace, sharing a birthday cake in the colours of the national flag.

He will hold a public rally at a stadium in the eastern border city of Mutare on Saturday, where the celebrations will include a football match by major league teams and a concert featuring the country's top musicians.

22 pages of messages

On Tuesday, the state-run Herald newspaper carried 22 pages of messages congratulating the veteran ruler.

Mugabe formed a power-sharing government with Tsvangirai in 2009 to mend an inflation-ravaged economy and avoid a political melt-down after a bloody presidential run-off election.

The two rivals agreed to a raft of reforms including amending electoral and media laws and drafting a new constitution to pave the way to fresh polls.

But work on the new charter has progressed in fits and starts, hindered by attacks on public outreach meetings by supporters of Mugabe's Zanu-PF party.

Mugabe has repeatedly pressed for elections this year, but the constitution-drafting commission says a referendum on the charter could not be held before August, meaning elections under the new constitution would not likely be possible until next year.

Comments
  • Graham.Cooper2 - 2012-02-21 16:12

    What a prime "PRICK"

      E=MC2 - 2012-02-21 16:21

      hahaha nice Jay :D!

      Penny-wise - 2012-02-21 16:26

      I love it when these foolish dictators become a law unto themselves. Even better when they attempt to elevate themselves above God. What as this fools gets struck down. It will be quick.

      Alan - 2012-02-21 16:26

      Well I hope he he gets crucified like Jesus.

      Rudi - 2012-02-21 17:17

      Why can't he just tip over and go to hell. Just get it over and done with. I certainly don't have any sympathy for Zimbabweans. They can surely do something about this idiot. Look at Gaddafi, Mubarak, Hussein just to name a few very recent incidents! Kill the A**HOLE!

      Ian - 2012-02-21 20:02

      Mugabsh, you is a Delta Oscar Oscar Sierra. A BIIIIIIIGGGGGG one. When you go to the big campfire under the ground, where your mates Idi Amin and Hitler are playing mommies and daddies with well hung heathens, you are going to be the mommy. For a LOOOOONNNNNNGGGG time, baba!

      Max - 2012-02-21 21:33

      @Rudi, I do not disagree with you, but would you suggest the same for our South African problem?

  • jandreleroux - 2012-02-21 16:14

    Game over. Your days are counted.

      Penny-wise - 2012-02-21 16:31

      Yep, reminds me of the fatal end of a certain King Herod.

      Kathleen - 2012-02-21 16:53

      a certain John Lennon once said that he and his rock group were more famous than christ, look what happened to him!Watch this spot, God will not be mocked.

      jeremy002 - 2012-02-21 17:40

      @ Janine - I am very much afraid that you are wrong. Lennon, referring to the Beatles, said "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first - rock and roll or Christianity." Oops. God is not mocked. Read more: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/j/john_lennon.html#ixzz1n2053drjWe are more famous than Jesus".

      Morne - 2012-02-21 19:43

      Samora Mashelle also mocked God declaring and "proving" he does not exist. And see what happened

      Karin - 2012-02-22 11:41

      He is the anti christ personified

  • Ben - 2012-02-21 16:15

    We have idiots all over the world, but how they can become presidents beats me.

      Mfudzi - 2012-02-22 17:40

      who said idiots do not become presidents or millionaires for that matter? even boxers or even former convicts have made it. wake up ben s

      Patsy - 2012-02-25 11:07

      Because they are voted in by gullible and even bigger idiots, Ben S

  • Bryan - 2012-02-21 16:17

    You cant be ressurected after being pooped by a hollow point you senile old turd..!!!!

      Bryan - 2012-02-21 16:18

      Bwahaha..That was meant to say' popped'.. Not pooped:-)

  • Samora Machel Thamsanqa - 2012-02-21 16:18

    We still need you President Mugabe. Stay healthy and strong! Long live my hero!!!

      Eric - 2012-02-21 16:21

      No matter how much you might want this his days on this earth are numbered. 88. Not much longer to go now

      E=MC2 - 2012-02-21 16:21

      TROLL ALERT

      Hanno - 2012-02-21 16:21

      10 bucks says you haven't been living in Zimbabwe the last 10 years.

      Penny-wise - 2012-02-21 16:32

      Samora, what how your 'hero' gets struck down now because of his blasphemy. Watch carefully now, it will be quick.

      Hanno - 2012-02-21 16:32

      How big of a racist do you have to be, in order to be able to overlook the suffering of millions of blacks at the hands of ZANU-PF, and to call him a hero for what he did to a couple of thousand of whites.

      Colleen - 2012-02-21 18:42

      You should need GOD more, without him you are NOTHING

      Patsy - 2012-02-25 11:10

      One of the gullible idiots, I presume, Samora Whatsit? Are you so stupid you can't see what he has done to a once beautiful and productive country?

      Balan - 2012-02-25 18:17

      samora Idiot machel thamsamqa

      Irene - 2012-02-25 18:43

      Yiu must be blind and deaf if you still believe in mad Bob!! Or probably on his payroll??? What an idiot you are!! I only have pity for the Zims who have to battle so much, hope mad Bob burns in hell....

  • E=MC2 - 2012-02-21 16:20

    hahahahahahahah!! Nice one Bob ;) Happy LAST Birthday :D

  • Hanno - 2012-02-21 16:22

    You have beaten Christ? Boy, are you in for a surprise.

  • Vernon - 2012-02-21 16:23

    He is talking sh@t

  • acsteyn - 2012-02-21 16:24

    Thats it. Bob has finally lost it. If he is so sure about his Godlike image perhaps someone should put it to the test.

  • Eric - 2012-02-21 16:24

    Well Robert. As much as you might want to go on forever, this is not going to happen. 88. Nearly time to meet your maker and then you can see who the higher power is.I know he woud never read this writings but this is the time in his life when he should be a gentleman and give way for the next era.

  • Golda Smit - 2012-02-21 16:26

    Will these people never learn you can't compare your self to Jesus you will never ever be Jesus the same goes for julias aaaiii, like the Lord said your fight by the swort you'll die by the swort don't want to listen you just have to feel the results of stupidness

  • Mzwandile - 2012-02-21 16:26

    Please Mr President resurrect again if you die. Your are in our prayers. God Bless you.

      Juan - 2012-02-21 16:31

      Yes he will be in mine to, may he meet his maker Qadaffi style

      Samora Machel Thamsanqa - 2012-02-21 16:42

      Indeed Mzwandile!! We still need him

      Peter - 2012-02-21 17:28

      Hey Mzwani, Do you also wear red underpants so that the tokolosh wont get you? Bob does, just like the rest of the Dictators in Africa! Superstitous fools!!!

      Colleen - 2012-02-21 18:50

      What u smoking BOY? What ever it is it's not good for your brain.

      jarred.s.holmes - 2012-02-22 07:19

      Come on guys, Mzwandile is obviously taking the p*ss! :-D Besides, Zombie Bob (Mugabe) isn't exactly a new concept, he's been undead for years!

      Kagiso - 2012-02-22 09:32

      @samora and mzwandile aka mugabe, do yourself a favour and disappear from this forum, you are embarrassing yourself even more with each mugabe ass licking comment

      Michael - 2012-02-22 15:05

      What are you when-we's doing on this blog and living off the fat of the land in SA? Trolls!

      Patsy - 2012-02-25 11:12

      OMG ANOTHER gullible idiot..............

      Irene - 2012-02-25 18:46

      I bet you live in SA !! Ignoramus !!

      Sean - 2012-02-28 16:55

      Is that a plea, a rhetorical request all followed by a eulogy? You are most talented in your brevity. Would be good to learn what you think when your president spent $45m on personal travel last year and $14m on education and schooling....he clearly has your and your fellow countryman's best interest at heart.

  • Samora Machel Thamsanqa - 2012-02-21 16:26

    Mhondoro Mugabe,Africans should be glad that on this day you were born.You look at African matters with the eyes of an eagle.Aluta continua!land is the most potent weapon an African possesses

      Penny-wise - 2012-02-21 16:33

      You sound like a retard with mush for brains? Are you perhaps Mad-Bob Mugabe?

      Ben - 2012-02-21 16:48

      He did look at African matters, but in such a way that millions of his people had to come and look for food in S.A. while the white farmers are still producing.

      Simon - 2012-02-22 08:59

      Go back to YOUR MHONDORO MUGABE Zimbabwe

      Michael - 2012-02-22 15:07

      And the most potent thing you have is an ass-hole for a brain!

      Gerhard - 2012-02-22 16:57

      Africa's ignorance is continued by people like SMT. Shame on you and your decendants if they do not die from lack of food or nonexistant medical treatment.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-21 16:26

    Serious oxygen thieving parasite!

  • Ruth - 2012-02-21 16:27

    Die once and for all you cuckoo poephol!

  • Manhattan - 2012-02-21 16:28

    Fit as a fiddle but unfit to lead. If his statement doesn't prove he's nuts and unfit to lead, then I don't know what is (If, of course, he actually said that). We all know what is happening in Zim, once the bread basket of africa. Why are all african leaders, or anyone else for that matter sitting idly by. Why is bra Julius so quiet on the subject yet so outspoken on an apparently successful country like Botswana. My mind boggles. Seemingly his election campaign reads like any other despot 'all for one and more for me'.

  • Golda Smit - 2012-02-21 16:28

    Will these people never learn you can't compare your self to Jesus you will never ever be Jesus the same goes for julias aaaiii, like the Lord said your fight by the sword you'll die by the sword don't want to listen you just have to feel the results of stupidness

  • Juan - 2012-02-21 16:29

    Well his stupidity is only surpassed by his arrogance. Every dog has it's day and his is comming.

  • Golda Smit - 2012-02-21 16:30

    Will these people never learn you can't compare your self to Jesus you will never ever be Jesus the same goes for julias aaaiii, like the Lord said your fight by the sword you'll die by the sword don't want to listen you just have to feel the results of stupidness

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-02-21 16:36

    Cloned more like it..

  • Johnny - 2012-02-21 16:37

    Hey Bob-boon you will not get away with comments as such and will die a slow and painfull death !! as you rightly deserve. Moron

  • braamc - 2012-02-21 16:38

    Just vrek your filth

  • Samora Machel Thamsanqa - 2012-02-21 16:40

    Some people brought racism and hatred to this country but today they see it fit to call us as such. Scumbags!! President Mugabe is respected by many Black people in South Africa. Some won't say it but they do because they appreciate the role he played to liberate us. Long live my leader baba Chatunga

      Penny-wise - 2012-02-21 16:42

      Is it any coincidence that all those people who 'respect' Mugabe, also have the collective IQ of a garden snail? Strange thing, that is. Also, most of them are racist-filled idiots who hate everything and are bitter and twisted on the inside. Real ugly people.

      Cracker - 2012-02-21 16:54

      Mugabe liberated many Zimbabweans of their country of birth. Now we sit with them here and we have to sustain them out of our economy while Mugabe sits pretty rich. How retarded can some be? I refer to you.

      Blaine Dillon - 2012-02-21 16:59

      Mugabe is the reason Zimbabwe doesn't have their own currency anymore. For those who look up to him, he is looking down on you.

      Jadon - 2012-02-21 17:23

      Give-me-Samora Mushskull Thumbsucker

      Colleen - 2012-02-21 18:59

      What planet you from BOY, Bob is more racist that's why Zimbabwe is so bankrupt and starving, he is paranoid he is scared of his own shadow, hence all the body gaurds.

      Petro - 2012-02-21 22:47

      Hey Sammy - do me a favour and give you mate a call. Remind him that he thinks he dies everytime he goes to sleep and when he wakes up again he thinks he was resurected - bloody embisle does not know the difference between death and being asleep - but then so does the rest of his followers not know the difference. Hence the state the country (Zim) is in and know some of his asleep followers is trying to do the same in this country. You idiots have so much to learn - but then again with brains like you people have you are unteachable...there is a big surprise waiting for all of you....better you go on your knees and pray for your mamparra in Zim and the rest of your mob. President Mugabe - my behind - he is the next one on the list of evil doers. Anyway Bless you my friend - you need help.

      Kagiso - 2012-02-22 09:48

      you better stop watching those old chimurenga videos, as seen, they have destroyed what's left of your brain

      Gerhard - 2012-02-22 17:00

      Mugabe lead all his people into misery and abject poverty, hunger and famine

  • elemental777 - 2012-02-21 16:41

    How do they manage to keep him coming back, they must be using some seriously funky medical procedures including stem cell based rejuvination technology

  • George - 2012-02-21 16:48

    He's got Syphillis on the brain.............wtf....... and thats a fact..Al Capone had the same problem.....shame...

  • ben.nel2 - 2012-02-21 16:49

    ....and has expressed interest in marrying Michael Jackson

  • henniedotvanstaden - 2012-02-21 16:52

    Rot in hell, you are a disgrace to human kind. You will meet your Maker, then you will have to explain.

  • Robert - 2012-02-21 16:53

    Complete IDIOT

  • ben.nel2 - 2012-02-21 17:00

    Jesus died at 33, which is about the average life expectancy in Zimbabwe.

  • sidney.gilroy - 2012-02-21 17:03

    Mugabe has no other choice but to stay alive and retain power. The alternative is The Hague and his families` loss of the Billions of $ they bled from Zim.

  • Richard - 2012-02-21 17:04

    Bob is what he is, an idiot. Has he not yet understood that in the years that he had control the country has fallen apart and there is nothing left of it. It is not about leadership but personal ego and wealth. Sound familiar?? Look around you.

  • Graham - 2012-02-21 17:07

    Pride comes before the fall. God will not be mocked

  • gregory.f.dean - 2012-02-21 17:14

    What a crazy old man!!! As I recall the situation, Mugabe was forced into the power-shared Government in 2009.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-02-21 17:17

    Indeed he has, but this time he returned as a fossil...how come UN and other SADC countries just keep quite about the human right violations taking place there.

      Kevin - 2012-02-21 17:30

      How come the UN/SADC countries...just keep quiet about human right violations taking place in this cesspot of a country...Murder/Rape/Violent Crime/Corruption are they not violations of Human Rights?????

      Kevin - 2012-02-21 17:32

      AA/BEE enforced on a minority group....is that not a violation of rights???Oh i forgot whites don't have rights!!!

      phathuchicos - 2012-02-21 18:13

      Really do we have to go through this...BEE as you call it according to my understanding was created to do the past economic unjustices that has been brought upon non-whites in South Africa. Never in my entire life have I ever heard any white person asking why did other countries and the useless american UN allow apartheid to be implemented first place. Answer that. Whats happen to Zimbabwe is another story, the will of people to change governments is being depressed.

      elemental777 - 2012-02-21 18:59

      The problem is one of duration Azanian, when is AA no longer doing what it was intended to do and become a exclusionary practice where any old pair of hands is better than possibly capable paler hands

      Patsy - 2012-02-25 11:19

      No oil!!!!

  • jacques.h.kirchner - 2012-02-21 17:27

    Rogue Zimbabweans are quick to mame and kill innocent farmers just across the SA border. It is thus strange that they don't have the b***s to oust this old man...Someone should just throw some bucks at the army "generals" and that will leave Bob exposed for long enough. Everything has a price in Africa. He's got to be careful of his close allies...History & the nature of the African people will be his downfall.

  • steveroodt - 2012-02-21 17:30

    ?????? I have replied to this article in Chinese as i think this is going to be the local language in Africa so we better learn it.

  • CillaGogo - 2012-02-21 17:32

    God is not mocked. Herod was eaten by worms.

  • Wizcom - 2012-02-21 17:34

    It is amazing how no one has put a bullet trough his thick insane skull??? People like this incl the ANC who make such comments about Christ have NO idea what is in store for them. I pitty such fools and Imbeciles

  • Ylla - 2012-02-21 17:49

    They also said "not even God could sink the Titanic" and look what happened. Haha - so funny he has signed his own death warrant by tempting fate. Saves one of us the job.

      Nicola Erasmus - 2012-02-21 19:09

      Uh-Oh...ICEBERG AHEAD!!! XD

  • E - 2012-02-21 18:21

    Sorry, Bob ... rumours don't count. First you have to REALLY die, then we will see. Until then, you are just another piece of vrot meat.

  • Winsome - 2012-02-21 18:53

    This man is dead - he is just too stupid to fall over.

  • Nicola Erasmus - 2012-02-21 19:12

    Infamous last words...*sigh* they never learn do they.

  • Mark - 2012-02-21 19:16

    Why doesn't somebody crucify him?

  • phillip.havenga - 2012-02-21 19:40

    This mad bastard should be shot.

  • richard.lemmer1 - 2012-02-21 19:49

    It is true ! He is the devil himself !

  • Glen - 2012-02-21 20:34

    You are the chosen ONE. You will sit on the right hand of your Father SATAN and will then enjoy his abundance!!!! Pray for his soul, for more things are wrought by Prayer than this world can dream of!

  • lindsy.williams - 2012-02-21 20:44

    You shouldnt have said that Bob....

  • Brendon - 2012-02-21 21:25

    All it will take is one bullet in the brain and this maniac will be history!

  • Bert - 2012-02-21 21:32

    Completely Insane

  • Chikwendu Ede - 2012-02-21 23:25

    what is the old man smoking?