Mugabe: Don't vote for another unity govt

2012-10-19 13:10

Cape Town - Zimbabweans have in the last four years seen enough of what a dysfunctional government constitutes, President Robert Mugabe has said, urging the electorate to "vote wisely" in the elections scheduled for March next year.

The state-owned Herald online reported on Friday that the 88-year-old veteran leader told scores of people in Hwange to "ensure the country does not form another inclusive government".

Mugabe said the coalition government he formed in 2008 with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who is also leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, had failed to deliver.

He said discord and bickering in the government of national unity (GNU) had reached a level where it was now difficult to implement development programmes.

"We have seen Bulawayo’s [the country’s second largest city] economy going down. We have seen the agriculture sector go unsponsored... If you go to Finance Minister Tendai Biti, he always says there is no money, there is no money. If there is no money what are you doing to get it? You cannot think of other ways of getting it or even borrowing," Mugabe said.

"Some people come to you and say Zanu-PF is not good. We want development and progress, but some people just want pleasure," he said.

Freedom fighters

Mugabe said those who wanted to change the situation in the country were interested in other issues like "changing women" - seemingly making reference to Tsvangirai whose reputation has in the last days been tarnished by his alleged love affairs.

"We are going for elections and you have seen what our country should never do again.

"Please do not get us into that trouble again. That is not our way of doing things. Freedom fighters are people who want to move ahead.

"That is why you see me at this age still fighting and I will continue fighting because I cannot let down those heroes who are gone. I have a responsibility for you."

He said land reform, indigenisation and economic empowerment programmes were at the heart of rebuilding the economy and improving the livelihood of ordinary people.

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-19 13:19

    when is this guy going to die, Saddam and gaddafi are waiting for him in hell,

      jonathancfarrell - 2012-10-19 13:25

      A cockroach is usually a tough one to die Sammy

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-19 13:26

      Sammy, it takes a special kind of despot to have the nerve to preach to his people what he can do for them when all he has proven is he has "done for them", wrecked the country that was once known as the bread basket of Africa, the only basket that once great country is left with is Mugabe, a proper basket case.

      rainbownationrsa - 2012-10-19 13:35

      Trevor dont insult the silver backs, they are beutiful creatures. Moogabe on the other hand looks like and is worse than Silverback excretement.

      surfing.sam.9 - 2012-10-19 13:43

      Maybe the devil has got his pride.

      Willie - 2012-10-19 14:27


  • cuthbert.chimbwanda.5 - 2012-10-19 13:19

    Rest in Peace Zanu Pf .

  • greg.quinn.353 - 2012-10-19 13:20

    "He said land reform, indigenisation and economic empowerment programmes were at the heart of rebuilding the economy and improving the livelihood of ordinary people." Yeah, and Zimbabwe has been an outstanding success story of how those concepts have helped the economy.

      butch.poulter - 2012-10-19 13:27

      Sounds like the views of our great South African politicians.

  • willbeonekenobi - 2012-10-19 13:23

    For some people, 'vote wisely' means vote for the opposition.

  • cyndieb.mncube - 2012-10-19 13:25

    Hiz pple hv suffered enough thy dnt nid elections 2 wyp their tears all thy nid is peace en freedom!!!!!

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-10-19 13:30

      Buy a vowel!

      Pulverturm - 2012-10-19 14:39

      I don't think he "nids" it nrgx.nrg

  • rayno.pretorius.1 - 2012-10-19 13:28

    I was in Zim in 1997 and the currency was less than 12 to the US dollar (scarily at about the same level as what the South African currency is at present). It took Muggles and his cronies less than a decade to completely destroy a currency (economy and a country). Should the ill fated Zimbabweans give him back full control?

  • bob.slap.5 - 2012-10-19 13:34

    hes is a zim hillbilly sleeps with his sister or even maybe his son Jub Jub Malema

  • irvin.mkhari - 2012-10-19 13:34

    mugabe i murhangeri e xikarhi ka varhangeri e Africa,u nga n'wi vita rito \leader\.

      Alice - 2012-10-19 14:13

      Is Shona a 12th South African official language?

      larry.piggott1 - 2012-10-19 14:25

      Chenjera Imbwa

      Steven - 2012-10-19 14:25

      Alice, that's not shona or any Zim language

      Delton - 2012-10-19 14:38

      Irvin nwana mhani how blind or stupid are you mara?Callin Mugabe a LEADER is pure barbaric and shows that the level of your ignorance is uncomparable.Its not the fisrt time u embraced despot and it seems as u are hell-bent in being consistent wit praising them(despots).PLEASE STOP LETTING WE SHANGAANS DOWN.

  • bevan.carpenter.1 - 2012-10-19 13:39

    don't vote for the unity government, ok, and don't vote for you, track-record evident, only leaves 1 option then?!

  • Hemlock - 2012-10-19 13:39

    What a stupid troll. Time to get your black wings and tarnished halo and head straight to hell.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-19 21:03

      Even the devil doesn't want him.

  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-10-19 13:48

    The last 4 opposed to the last 20 under Zanu?

  • joubert.tlou - 2012-10-19 13:54

    u talk like real president my president not ths zuma we see in south africa ka go rata basadi fela ...................................................

      Katleho Mdlalose - 2012-10-19 14:10

      oh pls Joubert, dnt b naiive. ur president is no saint. before u start critisizing other countries' presidents, look at ur own back yard... thers a lot cleaning up to do. thanks to ur brilliant zanu pf governance.

      bob.slap.5 - 2012-10-19 14:12


      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-19 21:04

      LOL! The reason Africa is the cesspit it is, is because of people like your 'real president'. Ever stop to think about that one? You should. Educate yourself.

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-10-19 13:55

    Mugabe is talking nice now hey, tomorrow he changes mxm sick

  • coontly - 2012-10-19 13:57

    Vote Wisely , but remember only votes for Mugabe get counted.

  • rebecca.pooe - 2012-10-19 13:59

    At least he is changing women,ours is making a collection of wifes, at our expense. And from the looks of things he doesnt care what we think, it his culture.

  • bradley.kecskes - 2012-10-19 14:02

    Please Bob your freedom fighters torture old men and woman they have not fought against real against fire...

  • - 2012-10-19 14:08

    The people of Zimbabwe didn't vote for the first unity government.

  • johan.wilsnach - 2012-10-19 14:11

    If this fool knows what is good for him he will shut up. This is not Zim. you fool. Who wants to listen to you anyway,,, oh sorry,, Malema the sucker.

  • jonny.moyo.1 - 2012-10-19 14:13

    "We are going for elections and you have seen what our country should never do again." Yep, should never vote for Zanu again.

  • jonny.moyo.1 - 2012-10-19 14:14

    "Please do not get us into that trouble again. That is not our way of doing things. Freedom fighters are people who want to move ahead." Yep, they should accept defeat and move ahead.

  • Rob Allen - 2012-10-19 14:24

    SA better wake up and vote wisely, our country is well on the road to ruin like zim

  • john.p.steyn - 2012-10-19 14:26

    Mugabe is such a wise elder. He guides us all with invaluable insights. A man of temperance and peace, forgiveness and understanding. Or.... NOT. Welcome to Zimbabwe, welcome to HELL baby!

  • mandla.hlatywayo - 2012-10-19 14:32


  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-19 14:44

    The Zims never voted by majority for Bob the terror, the unity government was forced upon them by the appeasing Thabo Mbeki - Mugabe should have been kicked out, but then the blacks read democracy as demonstracy and the demon is welcome, the despicable West will bring aid.

  • Magnolia Ratshibanda - 2012-10-19 14:51

    yeah neh uncle. but you what i think you have a valid point

  • trevor.roberts.148 - 2012-10-19 14:51

    Ther will never be a unity government as long as Mugabe is involved.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-19 14:53

    Mugabe you clever old devious fart - now the plans you set in motion all those years ago become clear to the rest of peasants..I hope you die soon.

  • Michael - 2012-10-19 15:15

    I hate this a$$hole. I wish he'd just die already.

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-10-19 15:31

    Wow, it is like listening to Malema!! Pity that the people in Zim also lack the skills of seeing through peoples lies!!! I just hope that South Africans look at Zim and see that we cannot go that way!!!!!! IF Malema is given any sort of power we are done for. There is a reason why Mugabe is one of the richest men in Africa while everyone else in the country starves or flees to other countries.

  • comrade.shefu - 2012-10-19 16:48

    Yah neh!Says nervous,worried and sick old Bob,comparing the past 4years under unity government and the other 28 years under ZANU Permanently Fraudulant.,he can see a big change.Poor you must watch out.

  • scholesss - 2012-10-19 17:59

    time to hand over the presidency arm bird mr president. are you not tired. of daily running of the country, 22 years gone

  • makwemberemajakwara - 2012-10-19 20:06

    if only our dear president could leave us alone .

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-10-20 07:36

    Go to hell Mugabe, Literally

  • bornwell.dennison - 2012-10-20 12:17

    I fully agree with the President,this coming election people must vote wisely,vote for progress,unity,peace, freedom of speech,freedom to choose your political party without fear or favour reconciliation,recontruction,jobs.We havent seen any of these things in the past thirty or so years,remember empty shop shelves,acute shortages of fuel,kilograms and kilograms of worthless notes that was before the MDC joined the Govenment-the coming of MDC without a doubt rescued Zimbabwe from a seriuos situation. I dont think there is any person who will like to go back that route-Ngatisevenzisei voti yedu nehungwaru.I say vote for people who will listen to you, work for you,put you first and above all respect you as a constituency

  • eugene.ncube - 2012-10-20 18:54

    He has always been an expert in double meanings in his statements...Zimbabweans, use you vote wisely this election, you have seen what this country has been for the last 30years and like he's said, the bickering within the unity government has been a hindrance to development....this has been a fact for the last 4 years. Vote for change, and you know which party is able to bring that about!!!!!

  • judah.moyo - 2012-10-22 18:46

    Very wise words indeed. Zimbabweans will not vote for a unity government anymore. They definetly must and will vote to remove Zanu Pf from power and have a proper government in place. Zanu Pf has failed us and abused a lot of people for the past 32 years so its time to stop them next year in March.

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