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Africa needs one president – Mugabe

2013-01-16 15:04

Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says the forthcoming African Union summit should discuss the appointment of a president of Africa to foster unity among Africans, a report said on Wednesday.

Addressing journalists after meeting with President Thomas Boni Yayi of Benin in Harare, Mugabe said such a move "would also ensure that member states adhere to the founding principles of the continental body", Newsday online reported.

"Yes, we need a president for Africa," Mugabe said. "That is what we are going to discuss at the AU summit. Africa is not a united continent. We are not at the stage our founding fathers wanted us to be when the organ was formed."

Mugabe said the AU had failed to integrate Africans, with some seen in the context of Anglophones and others Francophones.

The proposal to set up a United States of Africa was first made by the slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 1999 as a way of ending the continent's conflicts, but it failed to secure enough support from his African counterparts with some suspecting Gaddafi wanted to rule Africa.

Yayi who is the outgoing AU chairperson said he was in Zimbabwe to discuss the challenges Africa was facing as a continent and to get advice on ways to end conflict, in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and Central African Republic, among others.


Comments
  • boramk - 2013-01-16 15:08

    Does he nominate himself?

      joemarshe.push - 2013-01-16 15:31

      Looks like it. Could be a race between him and Zuma. Africa is doomed! Oh, wait...

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2013-01-16 15:45

      MUST BE A GOV OF NATIONAL UNITY, ZIM WITH THE MOST MONEY AND VOTES WILL BE IN CHARGE,

      nosiphom.mazibuko - 2013-01-16 16:35

      Yes thats the whole point. Africa needs one president and it shall be me!

      John - 2013-01-16 19:05

      Yeh and when everything goes horribly wrong which USA is he going to blame

      carl.fourie.9 - 2013-01-16 19:40

      Hehe...Bob is suppose to be esucated. Didn't he study at Oxford. Pity that Africa mentality is still clouding his so-called education

      henk63 - 2013-01-16 20:14

      @Noziphom - Haha, no I want it to be me!! Now all of us together.... It shall be ME!

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-01-17 11:05

      @Mbongeni Masilela, so you mean parties with brain-dead followers?

      doug.evans.56863 - 2013-01-17 11:14

      lol !! Most definitely when Magabe is beaten by the Nigerian nomination he'll say it was a stupid idea and then rig some publicity stunt to show everyone cheated except him !! hahahaha

      CapeChappy - 2013-01-17 16:57

      Well with support from Mugabe and Gaddaffi what could possibly go wrong? They did such a sterling job in their own countries. Oh no wait...

      Mbongeni Masilela - 2013-01-17 19:21

      @Johan, what do you mean brain-dead followers? If you're directing this insult to the ANC it simply means you're ignorant to the future because ANC is the future and will forever enjoy the support of the people.

      sipho.mathabula - 2013-01-17 22:03

      Mbogeni if that is the case then ANC supporters deserve to end up starving like the Zimbo's. Frikken Idiots like you should wake up.

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-18 07:54

      @ MBONGENI you suffering from the same mad cow disease as BOB?

      liana.loots - 2013-01-18 09:48

      lol, united states of africa. not in a million years will african countries unite. they are all too greedy and corrupt, from the tip to the toes of africa. The worms are really chewing on old bob's brain.

      terry.burne - 2013-01-18 10:56

      Yeah - Bob's robbed everything he can out of Zimbabwe, now he is looking to extend his claims so he can claim Nigeria's oil and South Africa's gold and platinum. Nice try Bob, but .....err..... no thanks!

      placebo.effect - 2013-01-18 12:01

      Oh Boram! What a boss haha

  • gideon.walt - 2013-01-16 15:09

    Arent you past your due date by now you greedy old man! There will then be no place for me on this continent.

      frank.cornelissen.1 - 2013-01-16 15:49

      This is just his way of stuffing everything up in one fell swoop instead of chunk by chunk. Robber Mugarbage, you chop!

      Randomhero6661 - 2013-01-16 22:40

      mbongeni, the chinese need a labour force... do you really think it's for africans when bob orders hits on his own?

      doug.evans.56863 - 2013-01-17 11:26

      @Mbongeni What is your issue ??? what has Magabe possibly done for you? The only thing people are scared of is his thinking spreading and the whole continent going down the tubes ... Why defend a murdering selfish billionaire warlord ??

      handy.andy.773 - 2013-01-17 12:50

      @Mbongeni Masilela - clearly you measure people by how important they see themselves and not by performance. Aside from looting Zim and sending their economy to one of the worst in the world, what exactly has he done for Zim?

      doug.evans.56863 - 2013-01-17 14:57

      @Thami. I will never deny that Magabe did great things for his country 30 YEARS AGO. That is 3 decades ! All of his recent behaviour has left much to be desired. He has bankrupted his country and forced millions into poverty MILLIONS. All the evil white @$$0les are dead now ... zimbabwe was one of the wealthiest nations in Africa .. it is now one of the poorest in the world. Providing freedom is great!! Then you have to good once it is achieved not take 100 steps back ...Mandela is a Hero he will always be a hero ! Magabe was a hero and has now become a Tyrant :(

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-18 07:56

      MBONGENI you are revolutionizing STUPIDITY to another level...................

      jaco.skalkwyk.3 - 2013-01-18 14:53

      Its quite simple. Most African currencies are shocking, because they have no value foreign investors, due to the corruption and civil wars. So if African countries unite, there will be one currency and the weak countries like Zim will be benefiting. This will then add more value to dictators like Mugabe’s regime and they will be nothing more than parasites. Gadafi had the same problem, because he was producing oil in Liberian dollar ($1 = 74 LRD), so he was losing billions. In order to make more profit, he needed the rate against the dollar to come down. $1 = 362 ZWD. At the current state of affairs, its Zims only way out of crisis. Luckily the ANC values the current rate of corruption and would not want anything to interfere with its own currency.

  • stan.luthuli - 2013-01-16 15:09

    r u kidding me!

      sandra.j.rennie - 2013-01-17 09:50

      The Man suffers from DEMENTIA and MEGALOMANIA ! What an idiot and I suppose he wants to be Chief in Charge of Africa ! Best laugh I've had for a week !

      Mbongeni Masilela - 2013-01-17 19:52

      President Mugabe must lead until he's satisfied. Until then, I do not support anyone to lead Zim.

      liana.loots - 2013-01-18 09:52

      hehe mbongeni, how satisfying for old bob to have followers like you. why are you then living off the fat of the land in SA? hungry in Zim hey?? or are you one of those who steals for a living.

  • heini.botes - 2013-01-16 15:10

    Whahahaha, ok Bobby-boy (no pun intended), can we pick you as president of the world then?

      henk63 - 2013-01-16 20:15

      Oh I can see him swoon at the idea!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-17 09:51

      Mbongeni Masilela, beating the same drum can become very tiresome and a bloody nuisance to others.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-01-17 11:06

      Yes Jacqui, but if you're too dumb to create a new drum you've got no choice but to beat the same one.

      Mbongeni Masilela - 2013-01-17 19:32

      @Jacqui Daanevanresburg...what a long surname, listen I don't respond to meager comments like yours. You will lower my value, you're dust beneath our (Africans) finger nails.

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-18 08:06

      ag pleeeez give your last remaining overworked racist brain cell a rest.......................

      pieter.pretorius.758 - 2013-01-18 10:22

      @Mbongeni - Dom drol. Someone should flush you down a toilet

      JohanNel1988 - 2013-01-18 10:26

      Funny how Mbongeni replied to the comment and in it stating he won't respond to comments "like yours". Lol just goes to show how thick people who support idiotic gestures,like Mugabe's, are.

  • avremel.niselow - 2013-01-16 15:10

    Imagine Bob as president of Africa? Very scary thought.

      daniel.dogman.1 - 2013-01-16 16:06

      It's like Malema as president of the ANC Youth League. Oh wait...

      EricksonTL - 2013-01-17 03:40

      Anyone with an IQ that's measured in double digits methinks.

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-17 09:17

      Only Mbongeni supports racist leaders.

      sandra.j.rennie - 2013-01-17 09:51

      No he's not scary - he's just plain Dumb !

      doug.evans.56863 - 2013-01-17 11:16

      If the rest of AFrica voted they would NEVER vote for Bob !! The likely winner would be from Nigeria. The fact that he thinks he would even be in the top ten shows how crazy and delusional he has become !!!! :D HAHAHA

  • peter.horn.3576 - 2013-01-16 15:10

    I nominate Pinocchio!

  • jackie.m.dickson - 2013-01-16 15:11

    Hahaha whats up there Bob? You have plundered Zimbabwe to death & now you want a few more countries to rob! You disgusting little roach.

  • mogodi.mokone - 2013-01-16 15:11

    I don't know whether to cry or laugh...

      heini.botes - 2013-01-16 15:17

      I would say laugh my friend...but it's a crazy silly world this

      prot.kpax.33 - 2013-01-16 15:24

      I laughed so hard that I cried...

      richard.mhute - 2013-01-17 02:15

      You got your thumbs up. Hope they were worth it.

      sandra.j.rennie - 2013-01-17 09:52

      mogodi, you can only laugh, to cry would be a waste of tears. The nonsense that comes out This Mad Man's mouth is hysterically funny. He should be locked up in a mental institution with his ideas of Grandeur !

  • talana.malherbe - 2013-01-16 15:12

    Who will be so stupid as to vote crazy Bob for president??? This idiot is seriously delusional!

      Heibrin - 2013-01-17 02:15

      @Mbongeni: nice for you to show how racist you are! See, this is the difference between you and us: we vote for the most competent person, whereas you vote for anyone who isn't white.

      EricksonTL - 2013-01-17 03:41

      Lawd. Racist much? Your type, Mbongeni, would rather vote for satan himself, because 'at least he's not white.' You're why Africa is fooked bro. Well done.

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-17 09:18

      Mobongeni the racist has spoken people, it seems like he was trying to say something important...oh wait...no it was just racial hatred spewed again.

      byron.matthews.562 - 2013-01-17 16:55

      Oh I was wondering where the racism police was - I would have thought they would have started with jesibelle.krueger comments above. I forgot this is news24.

      fonknoid - 2013-01-17 21:06

      Did u even read this article! Did you know that South Africa under Mandela and Mbeki used to host and pay for some the conferences to discuss a United Africa with one president. We still pay for these seminars ... In fact we had one last year September ...

      sipho.mathabula - 2013-01-17 22:08

      Mbongeni if you want to use big words like ''hid'' please spell them properly or do also only have std 3 like your idle ZUMA, F*ck knuckle.

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-18 08:01

      you are missing much more than a point................

      madelein.vanduuren - 2013-01-18 08:50

      @Mbongeni. the word is heed and not hid ... you really made a fool of yourself now. @Sipho. You did not make is clear enough for Mbongeni to understand. :)

  • thutothegreat - 2013-01-16 15:12

    The last person who said this at the African Union summit was Gaddaffi, look what happened to him.

      kimonpaxinos - 2013-01-16 15:25

      Gaddaffi also asked to be called "king of kings" by the other presidents - something that went down like a lead baloon?!

      SarelJBotha - 2013-01-16 16:28

      He got what he deserved and make no mistake, more will get that coming to them.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2013-01-16 17:45

      Its a pity that Mugabe does not get the same treatment.

      EricksonTL - 2013-01-17 03:42

      Moeletsi? DEAL!

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-17 09:18

      Moeletsi for president!

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-18 08:02

      and you fast becoming the dumbest there ever was................

  • glenda.gert - 2013-01-16 15:13

    No No No Nonsense, Dictator mind set nxa

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-17 09:19

      Mobongs - so it's ok to have a dictator do things you did not vote for right?

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-01-17 11:09

      Let's keep Mbongeni busy for a week. Mbongeni, what is 1+3x0?

      colin.langley - 2013-01-17 17:02

      HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA!

      sipho.mathabula - 2013-01-17 22:10

      @Johan, Mbongenionly has std 2 those sums were done in std 3, thats why she cant answer you, she doen't know the answer.

      chris.faurie - 2013-01-18 07:08

      Mbongeni "hidden"

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-18 08:09

      bongi! you must be a victim of Angie's lowering of education standards.........................

  • lsmalope - 2013-01-16 15:13

    and whom does he suggest? Himself?

      daniel.dogman.1 - 2013-01-16 16:06

      Probably. He's a total nutcase!

  • thebe.tau - 2013-01-16 15:13

    I'm sure we all know you would elect yourself to that position CDE.

      heini.botes - 2013-01-16 15:15

      I nominate him to position of C.UNT

      lizanne.smith.75 - 2013-01-17 08:42

      Hahahahahaha Heini! Love it!

  • hudayfah.newman - 2013-01-16 15:13

    Eish R50 000 for a bread here we come!

  • mbulelu.diba - 2013-01-16 15:15

    lol, you wish old Bob.

      daniel.dogman.1 - 2013-01-16 16:07

      Bob is mental cause syphilis has gone to his brain.

      sandra.j.rennie - 2013-01-17 09:55

      Oh the same as Idi Amin ! Called paralysis of the Insane !

  • gavinnovis - 2013-01-16 15:17

    Yeah, Right - and you or Zuma are definately getting my vote: NOT!!!!!

  • nigel.olifaunt - 2013-01-16 15:21

    Oh just shut up you old bloody fool!

  • sam.karabo - 2013-01-16 15:22

    And no price for guessin who he thinks deserves the accolade

  • Sheilan.Clarke - 2013-01-16 15:22

    Ok. But you don't make the list.

  • simbarashe.kwangwari - 2013-01-16 15:22

    Ummmmm really?

      richard.mhute - 2013-01-17 02:28

      This was the goal of Africa's founding fathers when they formed the OAU in in 1963. President Mugabe was under detention without trial under the orders of the one-eyed butcher's boy from Shurugwi during that time. It is hardly his idea. Musafarire mathumbs up emabhunu vaKwangwara - havakudei ava! Vanofara pamunorasika.

  • dirang.montsho - 2013-01-16 15:23

    imagine that!

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2013-01-16 15:23

    Rob wants to appoint himself,hahahaha!

  • Sirctiano20 - 2013-01-16 15:23

    True, President Mugabe is on point with this one. The African continent is too divided and the minute it unites we could be the heartbeat of the world.

      PureProteas - 2013-01-16 15:38

      The heartbeat, HA you are a joker, don't you mean the piles of bleeding corpses in mass graves

      mbulelu.diba - 2013-01-16 15:49

      Yes, Africa needs to be more united to prosper, but that won't be achieved by having one president. North Africa won't allow a Christian president to rule the continent and Sub-Saharan Africa won't allow a Muslim to impose Sharia law. Who is right and who is wrong? How on earth can one president address all the needs of all the different people in Africa? I think that we have to look to other means to cooperate as a continent.

      SarelJBotha - 2013-01-16 16:29

      You must have a fever. This is an idiotic idea at best.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2013-01-16 17:47

      What are you smoking?

      Heibrin - 2013-01-17 02:17

      "...and the minute it unites we could be the heartbeat of the world." -- and a second later the world would need a heart transplant.

      EricksonTL - 2013-01-17 03:46

      Never happen though. Too many chiefs (literally) too few Indians. Everyone would want to be baas, and they'd kill each other, while simultaneously not achieving anything. It WOULD solve the Africa problem for the rest of the world. Sure they could do with saving the billions in aid they send!

      sandra.j.rennie - 2013-01-17 09:58

      Not gonna happen ever ! Too many different ethnic groups and they all hate each other. I cannot ever see this happening. The whole lot of them cannot even run their own Countries never mind the whole of Africa. What a joke !

      henk63 - 2013-01-17 20:40

      You may be right Sirctiano20, the only problems is all those pesky tribes and factions on the continent, whose only recourse to any difference is killing. Take away the African savagery and it might work.

  • Siphiwo Khuzwayo - 2013-01-16 15:24

    Patrice Lumumba, once said this. Marcus Gavey also and Gadaffi, did mention this. Ultemately, this will be realised. Though tough, with so many dimensions, this dream, can be achieved. Africa for Africans, could be a slogan. Africa is a rich empire, waiting to beggin after all.

      prot.kpax.33 - 2013-01-16 15:29

      Jip you'll be beggin at al the corners if this ever happen.

      PureProteas - 2013-01-16 15:34

      Ha ha ha classic, good one, better start digging mass graves now if that had to happen, you chops just don't get it, not surprised though

      heini.botes - 2013-01-16 15:35

      @Siphiwo....The 54 countries in Africa cannot even run themselves as it is, and the ones that sort of do have western influence. So my advice is dream, dream and dream some more. Hope you don't wake up

      SarelJBotha - 2013-01-16 16:30

      Africa's biggest problem are Africans who elect really bad leaders, but then maybe when you elect from a lot of bad people you can only get bad people.

      maria.roth.589 - 2013-01-16 16:51

      Watch your spelling as far as I know Africa is already beggin'

      kobus.cordier.9 - 2013-01-16 17:16

      drol

      ptolemy.leonardo - 2013-01-16 19:01

      Why argue with this man? Say yes yes and then sit back and observe.

      sandra.j.rennie - 2013-01-17 10:01

      Half of Africa already belongs to China ! Wake up Siphiwo ! The Chinese are a very clever nation and they are creeping in everywhere, for working the minerals and all Africa's wealth. Not fighting every like every Tom,Dick and Bob Mugabe !

      leon.lambourn - 2013-01-18 13:14

      United states = Open borders = Everybody north of the border would want to come to sunny South Africa = Lots and lots more unemployment and crime, load shedding, housing and so on and so forth.

  • MJS1234 - 2013-01-16 15:26

    Actually laughed out loud, checked the calendar, it's not even 1st April! Man, he really does give Trevor Noah a run for his money. Maybe next he would like to make himself King of the World!

      John - 2013-01-16 19:14

      Already has a castle in Scotland

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-17 10:00

      John. Not to mention the palaces in Hong Kong and Malaysia.

  • chris.barton.1690 - 2013-01-16 15:26

    What Mad Bob Mugarbage really said was "Africa needs one dictator"...

      colin.dovey - 2013-01-16 19:06

      It HAS got plenty of dicks....and a spear nogal

  • PureProteas - 2013-01-16 15:30

    Omg the thick one just got thicker, is it possible to be more stupid

  • neil.lovegrove - 2013-01-16 15:37

    Ramblings of brain-diseased old maniac

  • lydonmcg - 2013-01-16 15:38

    Hahaha. Senile old man.

      daniel.dogman.1 - 2013-01-16 16:07

      It's not senility, it's syphilis. Strues!

  • zakhelezakes.shabangu - 2013-01-16 15:38

    lol. . . . the guy who refuse to abide to the rules of democracy is adding a democratic opinion to the union . .he's obviously paving a path for himself to rule the continent . . . like he once said to blair . . .

      lestine.stevens - 2013-01-18 08:21

      I remember.....AFRICA IS MINE...he once said..a real dictator

  • brandon.stephenson.946 - 2013-01-16 15:38

    You #$%^&^$^ Clown !

  • roger.goncalves.58760 - 2013-01-16 15:39

    bwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaa hilarious

  • bokamo.benn - 2013-01-16 15:40

    In your own Zimbabwe, dnt cum wt dt spirit

  • muhammed.bhyat.12 - 2013-01-16 15:47

    One crazy idea Uncle Bob!

  • Lucianos Simpsonius - 2013-01-16 15:49

    Mugabe need to get in his coffin!!

  • Hasani P - 2013-01-16 15:50

    Now he wants to rule Africa.Zimbabwe is already a wreck. Now he wants the whole Africa to b a wreckage.No mr we cant let u do that.

  • gideon.rossouw - 2013-01-16 15:50

    I suspect our homophobic, greedy, prejudiced president-for-life Robert Mugabe sees himself in that role. I suppose, following the demise of Ghaddafi, somebody else had to step forward with the required megalomania!

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2013-01-16 15:51

    goo Idea. I vote for Helen Zille!

  • mark.booysen - 2013-01-16 15:53

    ROFL @ Bob!. Shut Up, you stupid Imp.!

  • elgh.elgh - 2013-01-16 15:54

    Africa needs you to leave and never come back...

  • murray.d.smith - 2013-01-16 15:55

    Is he bloody insane. I think so

  • William Mohlolo - 2013-01-16 15:56

    Good point indeed but Mr Mugabe do you think that would work? Lets point all fightings around Africa. Not country fight with other country but are the fights among people of the same country. How one president is goin to deal with all that when our presidents can't even solve their own countries problems? Why can't you presidents meet and talk about all problems Africa is facing before you can consider one president for the whole continent. Africa can be one if you president can think as one not all these killings, self enrichments, greet and all bad things we see African presidents you show us. Try to unit Africa first before thinking of one president. Don't forget the mess you put Zimbabweans in. Sit down with other president to path way for you country and allow democracy in your country. You lay your eyes too far just look around you and ask yourself is Africa ready for one president? Unite Africa then dream after.

      chris.faurie - 2013-01-18 07:15

      Very well put!

  • murray.d.smith - 2013-01-16 15:57

    He is not insane he is just plain F*#^ stupid

  • bop.nob - 2013-01-16 16:00

    hahahahahaha another joke

  • David - 2013-01-16 16:01

    The African hitler (mugabe) only wants to be like hitler, he wants to rule the world, or at least start with a continent. If anyone even remotely supports this idea, they are brain dead. The first thing that will happen, is the complete destruction of the economies in every country. And starting with a very weak one. If the started this 300 years ago, maybe it could have worked, but to to it now, is complete suicide of every country in Africa. What the hell does mugabe think he is? The messiah? Here's a penny mugabe, go buy a brain. Africa needs more intelligent people running it and its countries. That is why all the countries are falling apart. That's why South Africa is starting to fall apart. Government is not putting their foot down, they hire only in terms of race, and politics, not according to qualifications, experience, knowledge, and logical know how. No wonder many governments fall. Its mostly based on violence. I have always asked myself this question, "why do many races call african's animals?" We all know the answer to that. Because half the time, they act like violent animals. We are all decent human beings, START ACTING LIKE IT!!!!!

      doug.evans.56863 - 2013-01-17 11:21

      You should travel more. There is violence in the rest of Africa not nearly as bad as SA ... PLaces like Kenya and Tanzania have very little violence or violent crime. In England street ganages are extremely violent ... but what ever. Its not a race thing its an attitude thing ...

  • reggy.mampane - 2013-01-16 16:01

    cn u blieve dis pres Mugabe? 1n pres 4 Africa, huuuuh imagine ur life nw n whn tht kiks in, ur heart is pumping horrors, i'v few words 'takers r planning n pirate's coming' b ware guys

  • cindy.mackenzie.75 - 2013-01-16 16:02

    God help us!!!

  • nhlapop - 2013-01-16 16:05

    Should i lought because He cant even manage his own coutry and now hw want to nominate himself as a President of Africa. Should i cry because is see disaster if he can be appointed as President of the coutry, look what is happening in Zim. Yawning.

  • fran.aphane - 2013-01-16 16:06

    And I guess now that Gadafi is no more you will be the only standing candidate? Tltltltltltl, hilarious indeed.

  • robert.starke.98 - 2013-01-16 16:07

    Definitely not Mugabe - the Ape