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I've no regrets, says Robert Mugabe

2013-07-31 09:33

Cape Town - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says he has no regrets from his 33 years in charge of the southern African country.

Mugabe said this during an interview with itv.com on the eve of watershed elections currently underway in Zimbabwe.

"No, regret. I don’t have regrets at all, none," said the 89 year old veteran leader who is seeking to extend his rule.

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Mugabe reiterated the statement he made at a press conference at the state house in Harare on Tuesday that his party had never rigged elections.

"That's a foreign word - 'rigging'. We've never ever rigged an election. This is not the first time we are voting. We started in 1980, every five years we've done elections. They've never ever ever [been rigged] - that I can assure you" Mugabe said.

Mugabe also blamed Britain of many of Zimbabwe’s problems today.

"Really condemnation by us of Britain and mainly of the government of Mr Blair. He is the one who caused it. He didn’t want dialogue," Mugabe said.

He however, said Zimbabwe was ready to normalise relations with Britain.

"If the British people would want us to be related to them once again, we are free, we’re open. We never, never have taken a stance of hate," said Mugabe.

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Comments
  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-07-31 09:42

    Mad Bob don't you regret destroying a country and its people just so you can stay in power?

      Squeegee Pilot - 2013-07-31 09:54

      Don't worry, you will when you have to answer for all the suffering you caused... (there you go religious trolls - something to feast on)

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-07-31 09:57

      And he will still blame Britain for all Zims problems. There is only one problem and that is Mugabe himself !

      Freddie Miller - 2013-07-31 11:47

      Psychopaths are incapable of feeling regert.

      Sophie Ndungu - 2013-07-31 13:08

      The very powerful are veery afraid incase they lose. Pity them!

  • Simbarashe Dzingai - 2013-07-31 09:46

    there are bad guys- then villains, super vilains even, THEN there's there's this guy. even if his actions upset you; you gotta love the banter

  • Grimble Grumble - 2013-07-31 09:48

    What did you expect him to say? "Regrets, I have a few,but then again, too few to mention"

  • Malcolm Ekse - 2013-07-31 09:49

    And more, much more than this, I did it...my wayyyyyyyyy

      jeremy thorpe - 2013-07-31 10:12

      Good one Malcolm and Grimble! And no doubt Frank Sinatra would have done a better job of running the country than regretless Bob.....

      Wes Schoch - 2013-07-31 10:44

      And more,much more than this,I did it LIE.... wayyyyyy Lie say something that is not true. to deliberately say something that is not true

  • Jones Malwela Mosima - 2013-07-31 09:50

    Yah neh Bra Robert.

  • Ashanzi Afrika - 2013-07-31 09:54

    This man is senile. He does not remember what he says, and often contradicts himself. It is time for him to hand over to a new government.

  • Malcolm MacLeod - 2013-07-31 09:57

    And that right there is why he is a useless leader, any semi competent leader that was in charge for 33 years would be able to list a ton of things they regret. Part of being a good leader is accepting that you can and have made wrong choices and learning from them...

  • Tshembani T Mhlengwe Mabasa - 2013-07-31 09:57

    good bye mugabe, you will never be missed

  • jeremy thorpe - 2013-07-31 09:59

    If you don't have any regrets now Bob, you certainly will if you're still alive to read the books that will be written about you. I suspect you'll go down in history as even less popular than your predecessor Ian Smith!

  • Alain Smit - 2013-07-31 10:09

    What a dick!

  • Zakes Seema - 2013-07-31 10:11

    It's no surprising, as far as i know all dictators are not remorseful or regretful because they are heartless animals.

  • Mzamane Samuel Khobane - 2013-07-31 10:14

    Mugabe''my party had never rigged election,tha's a foreign word-rigging we've never ever rigged an election.his son malema once said 'if u say caster semenya is an hermaphrodite the word doesnt exist in SA,ohh like father like son

  • rory - 2013-07-31 10:16

    What he doesn't say is that he had to borrow money in order to have these elections as under his rule he has stuffed the country.

  • Jon Low - 2013-07-31 10:20

    The British seek no links with a tyrant as brutish as Idi Amin, Mugabe.

      Karen Ramsay Tannahill - 2013-07-31 11:19

      No the British washed their hands of the problems they created in both Zimbabwe and Ireland!

      Karen Ramsay Tannahill - 2013-07-31 11:25

      The British were the the ones that facilitated Mugabes election in the first place!

      Joe Black - 2013-07-31 11:46

      @Karen: Mugabe was not always like this. As with most transitions from imperialism to independence it started quite benign simply as a country's quest for self-determination. However as with just about all cases where a militarist took the reigns true democracy faltered and made way for oppression. Althought the people ultimately chose him in the beginning the freak has been in power for 33 years! He clearly was a bad choice - IN RETROSPECT!

      jeremy thorpe - 2013-07-31 11:55

      Hi Joe, as you say, Mugabe wasn't always like this but, like many other African dictators before him, when he realised he was losing popularity in 2000, he blamed white farmers and took their land - which he gave to his cronies to buy votes. And that screwed up what had been a thriving economy bigtime! Ian Smith may have been a white supremacist, but at least the Zim economy did well while he was in power.....

  • Akhona Stuuriman - 2013-07-31 10:26

    Mugabe for president, viva zanu-pf viva...

  • Muchati Bwege - 2013-07-31 10:29

    Who in their right sense will vote for that Goblin, Just look at the eyes of the devil in that picture right there.

  • Cephas Marikisi - 2013-07-31 10:29

    On my way to the polling station right now.... "Fellow Zimbabweans follow suit"

  • Liuzhou Bob - 2013-07-31 10:32

    Hey Bobbo !! Knee how ma ? Good luck even if you don't win !!

  • Liuzhou Bob - 2013-07-31 10:36

    See you in Singapore sometime, for when you do shopping, OK ?

  • Phae Rayden - 2013-07-31 10:40

    You friggin lying, deranged, dishonest and now terrified freak of a human. Oh how I hope you will live to feel the shame and guilt of what you have done to Zimbabwe. May your millions of fans across Africa be horrified by this weak and cowardly crawl for recognition by the British.

  • Impi Masondo - 2013-07-31 10:43

    Good luck to Mr President Robert Gabriel Mugabe

  • CALAMITYSA - 2013-07-31 10:43

    Same as the mayor of Tlokwe. The forensic report confirms his corruption. He - and the ANC - denies it! African culture.

  • Joe Black - 2013-07-31 11:34

    No regrets after torturing, killing, pillaging, destroying? After making babies and old people go hungry? After forcing most highly qualified workers out of his country. Sorry... Does not compute. He must be a psychopath.

  • Marius Coetzer - 2013-07-31 11:40

    Jissus, hoe onnosel is hy rerig?

  • Sifiso E Ntuli - 2013-07-31 12:13

    Zimbabwe stability is a rather complex paradox because it requires many aspects of psychology and political background researches. In my view ZANU PF worked to liberate the country from the British and American aggressor influence. MDC revolts against the political system and are driving it into neo-colonialism. Both parties were political outsiders who tried to reform their country to a modern stable African state. Both opposed the former ruling government. President Robert G Mugabe the moderator government. Mr Tsvangirai the nuevo-politico administration and possibly later the Diem government in Zimbabwe. Both have military inkling and juxtaposed political propaganda to win the heart of the poor people. Normally one would think that if their goals are alike they would be friendly to each other. On the contrary MDC and ZANU PF have a long tradition of political disputes. Also it would be a mistake to limit the real political party character to their political goals only. Otherwise every British Prime Minister after 1980 could be seen as an aggressive warmonger, lusting for ex-Rhodesian land reparation money and Zimbabwean resources by exploiting undeveloped Zimbabwe, post Lancaster Accord implementation time lines. The bottom line is President Mugabe has been a nationalist, while Mr Tsvangirai would be a full fletched trade unionized individual. I hope this helps to lay the ground for improved debate, on the Zimbabwe of the future. Sifiso E Ntuli

  • Alonge Busayo Rotimi - 2013-07-31 13:31

    I can see that a lazy worker always blame its tools. Mugabe always find someone to Blame; This time is Britain (not Whites). haaa Mugabe; you can lie wenaaa

  • Jammies Jamneck - 2013-07-31 16:26

    Yes you will when you close your wicked eyes for the last time....

  • Kevin Baker - 2013-07-31 21:39

    Saving my best bottle of whiskey for when this pig dies. Huge celebrations i just hope it's sooner than later . I'm thirsty.

  • Mpumi Bokkie Khumalo - 2013-08-01 09:50

    Mugabe u must go to hell

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