'I am fit as a fiddle,' declares Mugabe

2012-02-21 09:23

Harare - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe scoffed at fears about his health and said he was "fit as a fiddle" as he turned 88 on Tuesday.

"The day will come when I will become sick," Mugabe, who is Africa's oldest ruler, said in an interview on state-owned Radio Zimbabwe on the eve of his birthday.

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

He poked fun at media reports about a life-threatening ailment.

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

Mugabe's health has been the subject of much speculation, especially since WikiLeaks last year released a 2008 US 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.

Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, has repeatedly shot down rumours he is sick.

He visited Singapore several times last year, 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.

Mugabe has already been named as the party's candidate for the polls, which he has said should be held this year.

He turned 88 on Tuesday and a birthday rally will be held at a stadium in the eastern border city of Mutare on Saturday.

The celebrations will include a football match by top league teams and a concert featuring the country's top musicians.

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

  • Sicelo - 2012-02-21 09:39

    Kingdom rise and fall, as for Mugabe "I worship the groung that awaits him"....

      Kobus - 2012-02-21 09:42

      You seriously want to go to hell?

      Ja - 2012-02-21 10:31

      Sicelo .. Where does one learn stupidity .. why is this type of learning so abundant in Africa ..

      msendi - 2012-02-21 11:31

      Mugabe is a joke. At 88 he still want to rule the country. Zimbabweans are not serious…

      Anthony - 2012-02-21 14:24

      you mite be fit but i know were to shove that fiddle.

      James - 2012-03-06 16:10

      The REALLY shocking fact is; That savage destroyed Zim. GDP $500 pp pa. {mostly aid money} unemployment 95% {CIA Factbook} and idiots still support him. It does not bode well for SA.

  • Nitro - 2012-02-21 09:41

    Damn it, thought he is close to pegging!!!!!

  • Ross - 2012-02-21 09:41

    How is he not dead yet?

  • Kobus - 2012-02-21 09:42

    Enjoy it for now as hell lasts for eternity.

  • Nigel - 2012-02-21 09:42

    so now he thinks he is God.

  • trevor.charles3 - 2012-02-21 09:44


      Frank - 2012-02-23 18:44

      I dont think so, Grace has been using Gideons fiddle for some time now!

  • Bob - 2012-02-21 09:56

    Well he has been receiving HGH injections once a week at $10,000.00 a pop for many the old fart could live to well past 100!

  • Freddie - 2012-02-21 09:59


      J-Man - 2012-02-21 10:30

      @ Patrick - STFU. And practice what you preach, Black racist.

      Ja - 2012-02-21 10:37

      Deep pity .. so sad how one man is allowed to destroy an entire country ..I am not saying he never had hundreds of brain dead cronies helping him but it is sad indeed ..

      betsy.compaan - 2012-02-21 11:29

      So Patrick you think it's fine then that millions of Zimbabweans suffered and died in Zim because of him? You think it's fine that Zim has been destroyed to such a point that Zim's own people had to flee their own country?I dare you to say that to someone who watched their children starve in Zim because of this man. So easy to shout rasist Patrick when you don't even know for sure that Freddie is white. You sir are a rasist

  • spartanx93 - 2012-02-21 10:04

    Another delusional fool that compares himself with!

  • Anastasia - 2012-02-21 10:06

    Crap. That's the worst news I have had this year.

  • Mashudu - 2012-02-21 10:08

    It's time for Mugabe to go!

  • flysouth - 2012-02-21 10:15

    So now the stupid f**ker thinks he is immortal!

      Tammy - 2012-02-21 10:52

      the scary thing is he actually believes it

  • Attie - 2012-02-21 10:17

    he is fit to drop

  • J-Man - 2012-02-21 10:17

    You spelled *dumb as a wheel-spanner* wrong.

  • Johan - 2012-02-21 10:28

    "fears about his health" Huh?

      TSR01 - 2012-02-21 10:48

      Him being healthy is something everyone fears. The old donkey needs to kick the bucket so that Zimbabwe can be rebuilt as a new country. Goodness knows, if Zimbabwe got rebuilt, renamed, and governed by a reliable group, I might consider moving there - where there is work, there is wealth. (Work is rewarding, in many ways)

  • Eric Maseko - 2012-02-21 10:30

    Moron & worker of iniquity! How dare u equate yoself to your Maker? You are a creature period! In your case equated to an untamed four footed beasts like Nebuchadnezzar a fool who though he had it all figured out until his kingdom was weighted & found weak, divided & given to other nations to be governed! So is your destiny greedy man!

  • michael.e.bowery - 2012-02-21 10:31

    The Devil always looks after his own!

  • SGL - 2012-02-21 10:33

    Pity a REAL pity!!! He is dragging his heels to avoid going to hell.... but it will eventually happen, he will have to snuff it some or other time and old Nick is rubbing his hands in anticipation of the happy event!

  • Tanie - 2012-02-21 10:38

    Stop telling us your wishes for Mugabe, he is not afraid to tell you how he is exactly feeling about you.Tell him you cowards. I adore him one thing for sure, he will go down as a hero AND you and I knows that.

      Gerhard - 2012-02-21 10:45

      He starves his own people, the very people that keep voting for him. How the hell is he a hero? Go live in ZimBOBwe for a few months and then come back and tell us what a hero he is. Bob is genuinely African, say something bad about him and he will kill you. There is no debate. Is that really how you want to live?

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-02-21 10:42

    Nobody makes negative comments of Christ and comes away with it. Mugabe's time will come. Just a pity we will not see it.Ol' nick is preparing a special patch for mr M.

  • drishworth - 2012-02-21 10:43

    Unfortunately I don't believe in hell because for sure this is where Mugabe belongs. In this case I'd like to make an exception. However, a very slow, painfull death during which time he has time to reflect on his despicable life would suffice. Heaven forbid he sees the light just before he dies and receives forgiveness that'll see him spending an eternity in heaven.

  • Djim - 2012-02-21 10:45

    Maybee as fit as a fiddle that was handled by The Sex Pistols, your grave is being dug bru!

  • Tammy - 2012-02-21 10:50

    reading that the thing is as dead as a door nail would have been good news

  • Max - 2012-02-21 11:00

    Why is it that all African leaders at some point begin to feel that they are some godlike being? To me this tendency clearly explains why they are not fit to govern.

  • tshoarelom1 - 2012-02-21 11:02

    LOng live the lion Afrika,Afrika's total liberation hope lies on you...we the young lions of azania are chanting your name dont mind this minority species....

      Irene - 2012-02-21 11:22

      Eish, thick as a brick.

      betsy.compaan - 2012-02-21 11:37

      How old are you? So if you call him the lion and yourself the young lion does that mean you are also a dictator in the making? So it's ok to kill your own brothers as long as you can get fat of their blood that spills down the streets...Liberation doesn't exist in his dictionary and obviously you don't know the meaning.

      Felix - 2012-02-21 11:55

      School kids these days...

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-02-21 11:04

    didnt he have cancer?? WHY IS HE STILL ALIVE/??

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-21 12:01

      even cancer can't beat Bob

  • Samora Machel Thamsanqa - 2012-02-21 11:07

    To the greatest states man Africa has produced, a father to his pple, a leader, a mentor, an icon Happy Birthdae His Excellence,the Head of State and Government, Commander and Chief of the Defense Forces of Zimbabwe,First Secretary of the ZANU Pf party Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe

      Ja - 2012-02-21 11:19

      And to the greatest Idiot on planet Earth Samora Machel Thamsanqa .. may you both rot in hell ..

      Samora Machel Thamsanqa - 2012-02-21 11:22

      Happy birthday Gushungo!!! VaMugabe vanofamba nemamonya

  • braamc - 2012-02-21 11:10

    Can the cancer progress already

  • Samora Machel Thamsanqa - 2012-02-21 11:12

    Long live Mr President. Halala my Hero!

      Irene - 2012-02-21 11:23

      Another one that's as thick as a brick.

      msendi - 2012-02-21 11:33

      What a useless hero you have. The bastard is 88 years old and still want to rule. Where is common sense?

      Burton - 2012-02-21 11:39

      I guess the only reason you are so happy is because you live in RSA. Go back to Zim and enjoy starvation! If only you know how this idiot has destroyed Zim! No food production, no decent farms, only person enjoying himself is mugabe. What a waste of space and oxygen!

  • Sibongile - 2012-02-21 11:14

    Can't you people go easy, this is a joke. In light of this, do you think a fiddle is the fittest thing on earth or not? By the way, who among you knows a fiddle?

      Tanie - 2012-02-21 11:30

      Come on sibongile, your eyes must be looking on something called w.w.w (world wide web) surely it can answer your doubts. O re tshegisa ka maburu.

  • Xoli - 2012-02-21 11:14

    You should be as dead as Idi amien, Gaddafi, Nyerere and all the other Dictators....Idiot

      Samora Machel Thamsanqa - 2012-02-21 11:16

      idiot, when was Julius Nyerere a dictator?! Educate yourself empty vessel

      Xoli - 2012-02-21 11:35

      @ Samora, bro I would advise you to go and research that you know why so many Tanzanians are scatered all over Africa Especially SA? its because that fool Nyerere abused his powers, here you have a country rich in natural resources but the people are starving, I had first hand experience of what was going on in Tanzania, not because I was born there but because of the research we did on the country, so next time before you get on your high horse and call people empty vessels maybe you shoul first check yourself out cause you might be talking about the reflection in the follow

      Xoli - 2012-02-21 11:37

      Do us all a favour and DIE, please, pretty please

      Felix - 2012-02-21 11:58

      Owned! Nice Xoli. Samora don't you have homework to do? Std1 isnt going to do itself...

      Ja - 2012-02-21 16:11

      Well done Xoli .. go get him ..

  • Gary - 2012-02-21 11:16

    Pitty he is not fit as a door knob..

  • Graham - 2012-02-21 11:23

    Almost all politicians are sociopaths! Even bordering on psychopaths while some actually are! So they aren’t capable of caring about anyone or anything but themselves. This is especially true in Africa, millions die of starvation and diseases while the elite live like kings. It’s quite sickening really! There needs to be a new way choosing leaders.

  • Herbert - 2012-02-21 11:30

    Damn! Not the news I was hoping for!!!

      Anele - 2012-02-21 11:35

      @Herbert...I was also hoping the same news you know and I am very disappointed now honestly Eish!!!!

  • Jason - 2012-02-21 11:33

    My argument against GOD why would he keep an evil man like this alive for so many years so others may suffer?

  • Dee - 2012-02-21 11:34

    hahahahahahah! I arrest my case. this man never gives up yerrr! after ruling for more than 30 years, he still need run for elections. Somebody please shoot Mugabe!!!!lol

  • godesha - 2012-02-21 11:37

    Pity he's feeling fit as fiddle. Wonder how many of Zim's citizens can say the same?

  • Samora Machel Thamsanqa - 2012-02-21 11:39

    Dear white South Africans, I am not going to hate President Robert Mugabe because you differ with his policies. Spare yourself some time and stop swearing at us and calling us names, you are not special beings!! I also hope & pray that we be mature enough to appreciate that we are different people with differing opinions & that to disagree with someone is not an invitation to hate or be resentful or hurtful

      Felix - 2012-02-21 12:09

      Haha, tell that to your hero who slaughtered different tribes and has opposition party members beaten and locked up. Dumb ass.

      betsy.compaan - 2012-02-21 12:10

      When you say "us" do you mean dictators or phsycopaths? Sorry to burst your bubble but your not that special yourself. You have lots of hate in your own heart and everyone can see it judging by your comments on News24.

      Xoli - 2012-02-21 13:05

      Samora my friend I'm even suprised you know how to use a computer, because based on the stuff you say on this forum you sound like one dull uneducated should be dead human being> where have you been for the past decade, have you seen what is happening in your lovely Zim? do you even still live in that country* if it still exists*...biggest CHOP of the day..

      Tammy - 2012-02-21 13:23

      stop giving yourself tumbs up Samora

      Ja - 2012-02-21 16:16

      @ Xoli .. you need to do lectures .. it's not a black thing in Zim .. it's a people thing .. he has ruined a whole nation of people .. what is so hard to understand .. the man (Bob) is an absolute Idiot .. Samora .. try night school or read a newspaper .. please educate your self ..

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-21 11:40

    yes fiddle on whilst your country print $100 trillion notes... you sure as hell have a few hardcore fans... (how did that song about "escom" go again.... "don't supply Mugabe he's a &*"$ - switch of his juice... I cannot listen to that and not smile)

  • Tommy - 2012-02-21 11:42

    Don't tempt bokvoet....he's just around the corner.

  • Samora Machel Thamsanqa - 2012-02-21 11:51

    To him, the independence of Zimbabwe was not merely a nationalistic achievement. It was an African achievement and we had to celebrate it through a song that captured that African dream. The anthem "Nkosi Sikelela Africa" was composed by a black South African around 1880 in a compound at the gold mines in Johannesburg. Robert Mugabe made the remaining vestiges of colonialism in Africa his top target. The independence of Zimbabwe was meaningless unless South Africa and Namibia were free, he would declare. That required a colossal effort and monumental human sacrifice. Zimbabwean lives were lost in pursuit of that African dream. But the biggest test would come at the expiry of the entrenched ten year clause regarding the land issue in the Lancaster House Agreement. The willing-buyer-willing-seller clause fell away and was duly replaced by the compulsory Acquisition Act, but Robert Mugabe would delay the compulsory acquisitions of former white commercial farms because he feared that might complicate the South African independence struggle. Imagine the land reform programme in 2000 happening in 1991. The South African whites, with the absolute support of the West, would never have let South Africa go for fear that the country would experience a similar land reform programme. I wonder whether South Africans are aware of that fact. But even if they know, what difference would it make anyway? It's only now they seem to appreciate the role Africa played in their freedom. The whites had misled them to believe they were not part of Africa and they believed it. It's the Namibians who openly appreciate the role that Africa, particularly Zimbabwe, played in their freedom.But it would be naive to blame the South African people for such lack of appreciation. Such appreciation doesn't happen on its own. It requires political leadership to foster it. It requires a political leader to sow it in the hearts of the people. Robert Mugabe is one such leader. For some strange reason, Nelson Mandela did not plant it in his people thus setting a disastrous precedent that Thabo Mbeki grappled with

      Tommy - 2012-02-21 12:06

      It also required the help of North Korean trained soldiers to kill ±20000 Matabeles. What a hero.

      Tracy - 2012-02-21 12:37

      oh cry me a river! Please go copy and paste somewhere else!

      Leslie - 2012-02-21 14:32

      Nice copy and past Samora the mampara. And PS - Zimbabwean lives are still being lost, in pursuit of which African dream would that be?

  • rickvcooper - 2012-02-21 11:56

    'I am fit as a fiddle,' declares Mugabe WHAT A PITY

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-02-21 12:03

    Healthy and still an despot with the moral values of a snake.

  • Christina - 2012-02-21 12:09

    if life can be bought, mugabe will be the first one to buy it. Mugabe GOD WILL DEFINITELY DEAL WITH YOU. Cnt wait to c that.

  • Schmee - 2012-02-21 12:17

    To all who complain about the content of New24, take note that it could be much worse. Imagine having 22 pages congratulating some idiot who should have died ages ago.

  • Sibongile - 2012-02-21 12:21

    Tanie Sariekie, you are so obssessed and dumb, there is nothing to be won here that should make you not to even see a joke. Your insults are in vain.

  • Mthabine - 2012-02-21 12:25

    he loose elections for the 1st time alive, and there is nothing he's going to do about it, and that will teach him who Christ is, he crossed the line this time!

  • Eddy Cheraz Phakathi - 2012-02-21 12:57

    its funny how people hate mugabe, this guy is just any other ruler who lost something for his countrynow the western are tryin to use pple like Tsvangirai who are weaked and drunkards to oppoz mugabe , at the end me i blame tsvangirai and his MDC for the crisis in Zimbabwe if he wuld have never formed his MDC there wuld be no crisis in Zim at all . Mxm tsvangson teaboy, happy birthday my heroe Mr President i wish u a wonderful day have lots of fun u r a good example to me

      Leslie - 2012-02-21 13:14

      Eddy - why dont you emmigrate to Zimbabwe, go and enjoy the fruits of Mugabes rule, go and enjoy the wonderful quality of life he has created for his people in his country. Go and enjoy the healthcare and education. And take the fool called Samora with you. In fact take all the Mugabe worshippers with you. Then you all can help him frig the elections once again and you can all live happily and not be subjected to western things like News24, and the internet and all that cool stuff. And when you get there, send all the anti-Mugabes to SA, they will be welcome here along with Mugabes 3 million countrymen that have already fled in a desperate bid to provide for their families. And good luck to you.

      Xoli - 2012-02-21 13:15

      Go work on your spelling bro, it will serve you good, hopefully in your lovely Zim..

      Tammy - 2012-02-21 13:25

      please learn how to spell

      Bernice - 2012-02-21 14:57

      Eddie - you obviously come from Zimbabwe and were one of the fortunate few to have made something of your life. There are how many people in Zimbabwe which was once one of the most prosperous of countries who suffer daily.

  • Bernice - 2012-02-21 14:54

    I cannot wait for this little spawn of satan to see his royal backside. Disgusting little excuse of a man. Lives in absolute luxury while his people suffer.

  • netshidzati - 2012-02-21 15:21

    Happy birthday Mugabe, may you please vacate your position as the president @88 u cant think straight man