Mugabe says greed threatens his party

2012-05-04 22:02

Harare - Zimbabwe's longtime president said splits and greed are threatening his party ahead of elections he is pushing for this year during a spirited speech at the funeral of a party stalwart on Friday.

President Robert Mugabe told mourners at the state funeral that leaders have become "too materialistic" and are fighting each other for top party posts ahead of elections he wants this year to end a shaky coalition with Zimbabwe's former opposition.

Mugabe, 88, has been nominated as his party's sole presidential candidate in proposed elections.

The power-sharing coalition was brokered by regional leaders after violent and disputed elections in 2008.

Mugabe accused party factions of manipulating recent voting for provincial posts.

"We look forward to having an election. Let's get united," he said during the 50-minute speech at Edson Ncube's funeral.

Ncube, 74, served as a guerrilla fighter in the bush war that led to independence from Britain in 1980. He later became a senior party administrator.

Mugabe, commending Ncube's role in the fight against British colonial-era rule, vigorously sang a verse from Rule Britannia, an anthem about Britain's former colonial dominance.

"They can rule the rest of the world but not Zimbabwe anymore," he said.

Mugabe has appeared frail and weak at recent public occasions after returning from medical treatment in Asia. On Friday he looked fit and energetic and did not refer to his health.

Ncube died Sunday from complications of anemia in the second city of Bulawayo. He was declared a national hero for burial with military honours at Heroes Acre, a shrine for fallen fighters and politicians outside Harare.

"He was reliable and honest. There are very few people like him who mean every word they say and tell the truth," Mugabe said.

He said party leaders must follow Ncube's example to win support from the people on their own merits.

Mugabe said bitter factionalism was evident in contests for party positions, efforts to discredit rivals and vote-buying.

"It is bad to do that, you are not a leader if you do it and if you buy votes," Mugabe said. "You are destroying the party people like [Ncube] fought hard for. Let the people judge you.

"The leadership needs transforming," he said. "We have become too materialistic and that is going to destroy the party," Mugabe said.

In a veiled barb against the pro-Western stance of the party of Zimbabwe's black Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Mugabe said some Zimbabweans "still think a white man is better than a black man".

"If you can't rule without going to Europe and the Europeans then you can't rule this country at all," said Mugabe, in a return to his often-used fiery oratory.

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-05-04 22:22

    I am laughing my ass off... hahahahahaaaaaa!!! No comment!!!

      Squeegee - 2012-05-04 23:30

      Does he think he has copyright on greed?

      Peter - 2012-05-05 01:07

      I couldn't agree more! In Mugabe-dialect, the word 'Hypocrisy' that once condemned dishonesty and double-dealing has had to be re-spelled: 'Ha-ha-ha- (pause for belly laugh) - pock (you've seen his skin lately?) - ris (a naughty joke: as in 'risque') - 'sss' (a hiss of disapproval) - y (as in why?!) Speaking of spelling: are there other ways for 'maniac' and 'a*s*hole'?

      Dennis - 2012-05-05 04:48

      Hey Bob, you afrikaans box, they had a great teacher in you !!!

      Jason - 2012-05-05 05:30

      The irony is blinding.

      Gary - 2012-05-05 06:10

      After all these years it is still amazing how he can say these things with a straight face... am still waiting for the day for him to burst out laughing afterwards!

      Anthony - 2012-05-05 07:59

      Y U no die,,,

      rudiwaan.joseph - 2012-05-05 08:30

      ha ha ha! @PeterAlan: according to the ' zim dicksonree' (printed in china by his main 'china')\r\n... Both words you are seeking other ways of spelling is the same eg. 'MUGABE'

      Shirley - 2012-05-05 09:37

      So Bobs lessons paid off!!!

      Tim - 2012-05-05 09:56

      Plain old greed is a step up from gluttonous megalomania, I guess.

      Charles Dumbwin - 2012-05-05 14:15

      Agree 100% Zimbob, there are no words The GREEDIEST FILTY SNAKE in Zim who destroyed the country and lives of all Zimbabweans, is complaining about greed. BAWAHAHAHAHA !!!

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-05-06 07:02

      TIA = this is africa

      Stirer - 2012-05-06 07:15

      Greed CREATED his party.

  • Ted - 2012-05-04 22:25

    So you are starting to see the greed now? Surely the eye operation was a success Mr President. Fire them if you surely can!

  • taffaz.banhwa - 2012-05-04 22:34

    We are not so interested in hearing this crap!!!who cares nxa!!

      Dee - 2012-05-05 00:53

      I find it most interesting to hear the man who killed off his opponents + perpetrated a near genocide of the Matabele; has rigged every election; continually plundered the wealth of his country and sold whatever is left to China now start bemoaning 'greed'?!!! And actually - I do care what happens in Africa. So should you. I guess he is not getting a big enough cut from the blood diamonds.

      rudiwaan.joseph - 2012-05-05 08:17

      the only CARROTS he should be getting are not the ones mined from the earth but grown...and the chinese nows what to do with IT whilst he is bending (touching his toes) for them... \r\nThey've been shafting him since any and all reasonable thinking\r\npeople have all but abandoned aid to this foolish dictator that claim to exercise the will of his people (*must be his croonies and family who are the only ones that benifit from this greed!)\r\n\r\ncos all his 'people'that had the means ' lives somewhere else!

      craig.thom1 - 2012-05-05 15:41

      you do ?

  • John - 2012-05-04 22:47

    Pot calling the kettle black?

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-04 23:04

    Isn't it strange how familiar this all sounds?

  • Theo Ferreira - 2012-05-04 23:36

    1. Mugabe is worth US$3B. 2. Mugabe confuses the suitcases and wheelbarrows full of money his ministers use to buy food and clothes as wealth. At his age he is forgetting those are Zim dollars. 3. He has cost his country roughly $12B in lost agricultural revenue. Way to go, let's unite and sing songs about what happened 40 years ago. Fraud.

      Paul - 2012-05-05 13:06

      Bring back John Edmund!!!

      Sterling - 2012-05-05 23:56

      The sad part about Mugabe's speech is he thinks the people are so stupid and believe him. Mugabe doesn't care how much money this country lost as long as he is in power. This is the way a dictator thinks and masses mean nothing to him.

  • Frank - 2012-05-04 23:42

    Mugabe says 'greed threatens his party' thats funny!

  • Bob - 2012-05-04 23:52

    What the hell is there left over for them to be greedy about???? jackass!

      Belinda - 2012-05-05 13:53

      they're after the diamonds now... BLOOD DIAMONDS.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-05 00:15

    The world's waiting for you to get out of the way Robert. You're a big burden to Zimbabwe and Africa.

  • rowen.loretz - 2012-05-05 00:34

    What a PLONKER!

  • Lucy - 2012-05-05 01:23

    hahahahaha.....thats so rich coming from Mad Bob....shades of Idi

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-05-05 01:27

    Hahahaaaa!!! The black pot calling the kettle of diamonds.. And the people starve!

  • Aidan Berry - 2012-05-05 01:45

    BOB my boy. The award goes to the biggest dumb F++++ president with 22 years of experience

      Burtfred - 2012-05-05 04:52

      I think that's 32 years

      rudiwaan.joseph - 2012-05-05 07:50

      its still freekin way tooooooooo long! it seized being democratic after the 2nd term of office... There after it was greed wetther for power or money! (or both... With some farms thrown in)\r\nI still cant believe the west has left him in power or do they only prioritize muslim leadets for removal ' by any means'\r\nand talk about bending... The chinese is shafting him bigtime and not using oil or grease!!

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-05-05 01:56

    Listen to who is talking!

  • Florence - 2012-05-05 03:51

    Is it not greed that kept this man to cling into power till this day. Sies! Mugabe we don't need this b**t we still have life ahead of us and a lot to look up to, just go and die peacefully at home. 88 is way tooooo ... For you to be .... Gosh!

  • Mzii - 2012-05-05 05:55

    This below is propaganda and gross manipulation of the less informed and ignorant thinkers, A right thinking person wouldn't follow this crap, \r\n\r\n Mugabe said some Zimbabweans \still think a white man is better than a black man\.\If you can't rule without going to Europe and the Europeans then you can't rule this country at all,\ said Mugabe, in a return to his often-used fiery oratory.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-05 06:24

    Old mad Bob rambling again? Mad greedy Bob, and yet so many people still admire it? Weird ...

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-05 06:27

    The pot calling the kettle black!! thieving fothermucker!!

  • tim.comyn1 - 2012-05-05 06:46

    the more his cronies take the less for him,no wonder we have so many zimbos living here

  • Spiral - 2012-05-05 06:48

    Hahahahaha, pot calling the kettle black much?

  • Johann - 2012-05-05 06:58

    It's like a cyclone complaining about the bad weather.

  • Nigel - 2012-05-05 07:01

    bwahahahahaha, says Mr President that has raped his country of more than $ 1 Billion (US) or R 8 Billion Rand. see for yourself......, what an effing hypocrite. Forget crying about Europe, even China is screwing you up the ass, idiot.

  • marumobongani - 2012-05-05 07:12

    its hard to understand people who dont understand themselves zimbabwe and zimbabweans its all a complicated story

  • georgebrightons - 2012-05-05 07:58

    In the DA some are planning the downfall of Hellen Zille. British Prime minister Gordon Brown has been ousted before his 2nd term by a coalition. The Americans were and are still divided about Obama as President of the US. P.W. Botha was toppled by De klerk. Greed is everywhere, irrespective of colour. Mugabe was talking from a perspective point of view. Mugabe has defeated Britain and he will conquer Britain until Jesus comes back. Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans. Africa for Africans. Europe for Europeans.

      jim.connolly.16 - 2012-05-05 11:12

      So to follow your "logic" George China is therefore for the Chinese???? ie they do not belong in Zim?? Open your eyes and see the big picture, why are there so many of these people in Zim, well the reason is simple George.......they are there due soley due to Zimbabwe incompetence, Zim is simply incapable.......By the way the only defeat that can be claimed for Bob is his defeat of his own stupid stupid idiot!!

      craig.thom1 - 2012-05-05 15:44

      not sure where the" brightons" part comes from, but does not fit the mould?

      pws69 - 2012-05-05 21:00

      Look George, I've made this offer before, but I'll make it again just for you. You convince the 50 odd million in Europe and the USA to return to Africa, and I'll convince the 6 odd million whites in Africa to return to Europe. Deal? Mmm, I'm thinking my task will be a little easier.

      Ron - 2012-05-05 21:31

      I'm Zimbabwean... I'm African... and I have a WHITE skin! I am not, and never have been, a European! Get that into your thick skull.

      Bob - 2012-05-08 15:40

      George not so bright, you come across as a huge racist, please tell me when Mugabe defeated Britain, how anyone sound of mind can support anything that comes out of Mugabes mouth, well it reflects on your personality when you support a despot such as him, I have read your comments before, you certainly seem to be a big part of the rotten core that threatens this beautiful country that we live in.

  • Ted - 2012-05-05 08:27

    @GeorgeBrigtons! King George. Why don't you change your name to Tendai Machinda or something. Your Brightons actually means British doesn't it? Be patriotic King George. African names for Africans, European names for Europeans. You can't call a foal a piglet, can you? So its: Aluta Continua. Viva Camaradre!** Lol on a good weekend full of fools**

      Lerato - 2012-05-05 09:15

      An African is someone from Africa, hence you are also one Ted! So should we call you Mangingo

      rudiwaan.joseph - 2012-05-05 09:24

      Dear George! \r\n What ya blinkin puffing me good sir?\r\nOr should i ask who's farm were you given?- to talk this sh*t!\r\n\r\nor are you the one that brokered the 'China Deal' to save the dick-tors a*s.\r\nOr does he take you with to France on his state paid shopping trips for caviar, whilst the majority of Zimbabweans are starving/living in poverty!\r\n\r\nplease explain you stupidity! Or atleast your stupid comments

  • Deana - 2012-05-05 08:41

    Mugabe is way past his sell by date! Time the dictator goes to the next live.

  • cheslin.white.7 - 2012-05-05 08:42

    Please die you sob.

  • Andrew - 2012-05-05 09:11

    I wonder who taught them about greed you scumbag!!!!

  • Sydney - 2012-05-05 09:14

    Greed? very rich coming from him...

  • janalbert.vandenberg - 2012-05-05 09:23

    Did I read this correctly? Did *Mugabe* say that his party is suffering from *greed* ? Okay, this is definitely one of the funniest things I've read in a long time. When it comes to excess in abundance, Mugabe stands out like a sore thumb. Meanwhile, the tax paying community suffers and inflation sky-rockets. Just shows how a dictator becomes an international fool.

  • jim.connolly.16 - 2012-05-05 09:23

    If you can't rule without going to Europe and the Europeans then you can't rule this country at all," said Mugabe, in a return to his often-used fiery oratory. "rather go to lybia or even CHINA....ha ha ha ha you bunch of blatant hypocrite's!!! Thats the fundimental problem in Africa, they are unable to manage themselves due to incompetence and lazyness and corruption!! They are consumers not producers.....

      badimo.rasekgala - 2012-05-05 14:30

      they are also followers and not leaders thats why they cant succeed on their own.

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-05-05 09:50

    Your own greed, Madala.

  • billidp - 2012-05-05 09:51

    BWAHAHAHAHAAAAAA! They learned from the best, Bob, YOU!

  • Tim - 2012-05-05 09:56

    Plain old greed is a step up from gluttonous megalomania, I guess.

  • Vic - 2012-05-05 10:09

    That's very rich coming from a dictator of note.

  • Eldorene - 2012-05-05 10:31

    He is in control of all the money and material in his country, so now i am only wondering who is the greedy one in this case, he? or the people in his country?

  • Muisie - 2012-05-05 11:03

    Mmmmm...I think it is a case of the Pot calling the kettle Black

  • Phillys - 2012-05-05 11:04

    stop press......stop press....... stop press...... hot off the wire: Bob's oncologist in Hong Kong one one of his recent visits asked for an urgent sperm/stool/urine sample from the old scumbag. His wife simply handed over a pair of his used underpants!!!!!!

  • Vernon - 2012-05-05 11:16

    Madbobwe,hates greed ,he cant stand competition. This comeing from a man that has stolen from his country for over 30 years,The mad old fart.

      Johan - 2012-05-05 13:00

      Someone must have infected his administration,or have set an example

  • Maphuri - 2012-05-05 13:10

    they(Britain) are not also welcome here,they stole enough,thanx 2 R.Lamola for caring the struggle,where selfless leader J.Malema left .(nationalisation nothing else)

  • Jim - 2012-05-05 13:18

    You go my hero....D@@S..!

  • Odicito - 2012-05-05 13:38

    You don't say.

  • badimo.rasekgala - 2012-05-05 14:25

    power to mugabe god bless you my president

  • Craig - 2012-05-05 14:32

    That's rich. What a joke. lmao

  • Schalk - 2012-05-05 14:50

    the pot calling the kettle black!

  • craig.thom1 - 2012-05-05 15:40

    Love this guy,little despot!

  • paulhunterjones - 2012-05-05 17:30

    In every election for the office of president, Robert Mugabe has been rightfully accused of election fraud, vote buying, and general intimidation of opposition candidates. The President wants to call an election in which he will again use dirty tricks to secure victory. His speech lays the groundwork for a future defense against such accusations that he has engaged in the usual election fraud. Undoubtedly Mugabe will refer back to this speech and remind the public how is warned his party leaders not to engage in this type of political behavior. He will claim that he ran a clean campaign but that some of his party members might not have. There is little doubt that leaders of ZANU-PF are jockeying for political position and power in a Zimbabwe free of Mugabe.

  • Boer - 2012-05-05 20:22

    Can somebody please dump this guy somewhere of a 100 storey building.

  • Saamprater - 2012-05-06 00:38

    Says the man with billions of blood diamond dollars in his bank account. You are pathetic mad-Bob.

  • comurray - 2012-05-06 10:11

    The pot calling the kettle black!!!