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Mugabe vows to expel more white farmers

2015-02-28 22:23

Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on Saturday marked his 91st birthday with lavish celebrations at Victoria Falls, defying Western criticism of his policies by vowing to expel the country's last remaining white farmers from their land.

"We don't need a white man to continue to guide us. No. We are now equipped with skills," Mugabe told thousands of guests at a luxury safari lodge.

Songs in his honour, and poems recited by children, were part of the tribute to Zimbabwe's leader of the past 35 years, who has faced criticism in the West for repression of the opposition, corruption and for redistributing thousands of white-owned farms to inexperienced black farmers.

Critics say the redistribution sparked food shortages and contributed to a massive inflation.

In a speech deviating from its original script and lasting more than an hour, Mugabe said he was "shocked" to discover that 163 farms were still owned by whites.

He made the remarks just a few days after he had admitted in an interview that his land redistribution policies had maybe not been ideal, because "I think the farms we gave to people are too large".

Mugabe also told the birthday party he wanted blacks to enter the safari tourism business, which is largely controlled by whites.

The celebrations had drawn criticism from conservationists furious about the reported slaughter of two elephants, two buffaloes and a lion to feed the guests.

"Mugabe once gave a speech on television saying that he looks after all the animals in the country, right down to the insects," said Johnny Rodrigues, chairperson of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.

"There are so many people starving in Zimbabwe and the people invited to the party will not be those who are starving," he added.

The organisers of the party, the youth wing of the ruling party Zanu-PF, had pledged to raise a million dollars for it.

That came at a time when 72% of the country's population lives below the poverty line, according to the World Bank.

Mugabe claims to be in good health despite falling in public recently and despite his frequent trips for medical treatment abroad.

The president has refused to name a successor while a battle over who will eventually take over has raged behind the scenes.

"It may not be either of the vice presidents," Mugabe said recently.

The two were appointed after the ouster of his deputy and main rival Joice Mujuru in December.

The president's comments fuelled speculation that he could be succeeded by his 49-year-old wife Grace.

The guests at the birthday party included representatives of anti-colonial movements from South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Comments
  • Victor Tarica - 2015-02-28 22:29

    Will always be known as the lowest piece of trash on this planet at the moment.

      Victor Tarica - 2015-03-01 07:22

      Thumbs down has been rigged! News 24 not capable of fixing this bug?

  • Erick Vischer - 2015-02-28 22:31

    Zuma and Mugabe, brothers in arms....

      Jaapie Bopape - 2015-03-01 03:36

      Tweedledum and Tweedledee

  • Cj Giddy - 2015-02-28 22:36

    Is this guy even relevant. Stupid racist!

  • wss1982 - 2015-02-28 22:36

    Hate is an illness. Good luck Bob!

  • Pack Age - 2015-02-28 22:37

    What a racist toss! He wants to totally bankrupt his country before her dies!

  • Sipho IThequota - 2015-02-28 22:40

    What is sad, is that when SA did only 10% of the sins this guy is doing, we were banned from all sport etc... Now why is zim still allowed to participate in the cricket world cup... White ppl are so f'ed up... Cant stand together at all...

      Samuel Cuthbert - 2015-02-28 23:57

      @Dan are you crazy "apartheid most diabolical governance in the last century" you forgetting about the holocaust? 6 million people were murdered/executed! apartheid was a walk in the park compared...

      Craig Jenny Mackenzie - 2015-03-01 00:14

      Hello comrade. While you make comments that are not backed up by fact and are derogatory in their essence, I will never take them seriously. They are nothing more than the filthy utterances of a rasist bigot.

      Dan Steel - 2015-03-01 05:08

      @Samuel - System of governance is what I wrote. Holocaust was a full scale mass murder. NO GOVERNANCE THERE! I hope that clears your supposed "walk in the park..."

  • Jason Roy - 2015-02-28 22:41

    Someone please throw this piece of trash over Victoria Falls. Actually no, we don't want his rancid body polluting the water. Throw him into a sewer where he belongs. Rot in hell Mugabe!!

  • SĂȘ maar net - 2015-02-28 22:41

    So then stop ALL the aid from the west seeing that they don't need the withe Man. No water aid no food no medical noting and close the borders

      Moggie Mogs - 2015-02-28 23:17

      No, no, no - the EU and UN wouldn't dream of punishing bad behaviour. The EU has just, for example, approved US$ 270 Million for him to splurge out some more - that's to thank him for tightening the screws even more on their own Europeans left behind in Zim. US$ 1 Million was already spent on his birthday bash. Vivaaaa!!!! B-)

      joannekc1 - 2015-03-01 07:34

      Yeah, he hates the West and whites but LOVES their aid money... Wonder if he still owns a castle in Scotland?!?!?

  • John Darnielle - 2015-02-28 22:41

    dear Mugabe. Please die now. Thanks.

  • Evan Summerson - 2015-02-28 22:42

    The success of Zims is testament to this. Whahaha

  • Msindisi Dube - 2015-02-28 22:48

    I wonder when Majority blacks South Africans are going to be resettled and receive land,its a very complex issue,maybe we must watch what we say coz what goes around comes around.

      Dan Steel - 2015-02-28 23:06

      @collins, I know exactly what you mean - the ANC is just like the Democratic and Republican parties in the US. They say one thing and do the total opposite. They say in the US they uphold human rights but shoot to kill black Americans, they say they uphold human rights but slaughter men women and children in the middle east. They say America is for all but the ghettos are filled with black people. They are just like the ANC. How should we ensure that the socio-economic imbalance that is defined by racial lines is corrected without more decisive action?

  • Mthunzie Maphumulo - 2015-02-28 22:50

    He really wants to make sure that he goes down with Zimbabwe. Trol

  • Renier Lubbe - 2015-02-28 22:52

    The only thing that kept him in power was the racial hatred he managed to transfer to his people. Mogabe and his cronies lives in total luxury while the population suffers. Close all borders around Zimbabwe and the people that once lived in a prosperous country will all die from starvation. Except Mogabe and his clan.

      Renier Lubbe - 2015-02-28 23:10

      Sorry, It is Mugabe

      Dan Steel - 2015-02-28 23:24

      Renier did your mother teach English in KZN?

      Renier Lubbe - 2015-02-28 23:33

      No Stan, if she taught English at all my English might have been better.

  • Robby Sly Delvakio - 2015-02-28 22:52

    starve them all to death,bloody cowards.why can't they stand up and revolt.for how long will they run to other countries.zimbabwens should ask the CIA to evaporate his ass

  • Andrey Dreyer - 2015-02-28 22:53

    What about his own farm Managers! They are all white!

      Moggie Mogs - 2015-02-28 23:19

      They should all leave, but they won't, as there is Zero unity with them.

  • John Cross - 2015-02-28 22:54

    Are there any left to expel.

  • Serlena Wardman - 2015-02-28 22:56

    Why is this insignificant racist tosser still alive?

  • Alan Baxter - 2015-02-28 22:57

    Who's medicine is fixing his prostate? Who's engineers are fixing Kariba for free? etc. What a hypocrite, lying tu#d

      Moggie Mogs - 2015-02-28 23:20

      How can you say that about the 'Father of Africa'?! B-)

      MICHAEL1025 - 2015-02-28 23:28

      I would bet the medicine is from Europe or American

      MICHAEL1025 - 2015-02-28 23:28

      I would bet the medicine is from Europe or American

  • Collen Tembo - 2015-02-28 22:58

    What illuminati nonsense!!

  • Kagiso Tshweu - 2015-02-28 23:00

    @Robby with a picture of Bob Marley on your pp. I expected something like 'black progress' I like the idea of africans wanting their share but mugabe has lost the idea completely. I think the old man must call it a day

  • Guje William Ronga - 2015-02-28 23:01

    He knows he is at his end and he is crapping himself , he knows when he goes even his closest allies will invite the white farmers back,it's just a matter of time

  • Man C'zwe Humphrey Shiba - 2015-02-28 23:01

    "We don't need a white man to continue to guide us. No. We are now equipped with skills," he looks after all the animals in the country, right down to the insects," "There are so many people starving in Zimbabwe and the people invited to the party will not be those who are starving,"

  • ryk.vanrenen.9 - 2015-02-28 23:01

    Yes you are right, that is why your vountry is in such gemors. But you will not feel it as you are a thief and that is why I will never visit Zim, because I am feeding you. I hope you die soon

      Thobela Tshaka - 2015-02-28 23:03

      You not wanted in Zim

      Moggie Mogs - 2015-02-28 23:22

      Hope you are not saying that whilst sitting in SA, Thobela? ;-)

  • ryk.vanrenen.9 - 2015-02-28 23:03

    Charlotte you have the similar person in this country of us.

  • Guje William Ronga - 2015-02-28 23:04

    His eyes show the fear of what's about to hit him

  • nelio - 2015-02-28 23:06

    Because of this man we have millions of Zimbabweans in SA that's occupying the jobs positions that was created for jobless South Africans...

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2015-02-28 23:07

    By saying he wants to chase more whites in zim he is calling for more sanctions n more sanctions means more starvation

  • derrick.chong.39 - 2015-02-28 23:10

    Please die an ugly death, just like you.

  • Paul Beyl - 2015-02-28 23:11

    .....one stupid old man. The only legacy you will left behind is a country totally destroyed. Thanks to the white man in South Africa a lot of your own people have jobs to support their families back in your own country.......you have actually failed as a "so called leader in Africa!"

  • Robby Sly Delvakio - 2015-02-28 23:11

    mugabe is going down soon and wants to take zimbabwe with him,I hope the war veterans fight over grace and rape her when the old geyser dies

  • Kassie Roestorf - 2015-02-28 23:15

    The only reason why America and their allies won't get involved, is because there's nothing for them to gain...If there were Oil....Mugabe wouldn't have seen his 60th Birthday....

  • MICHAEL1025 - 2015-02-28 23:15

    This man has fked up the bread basket of Africa. The only way Zim will pick up again is to give the farm to there right full owners. And for mad Bob to go to hell along with his wife and the people who thinks he is great

      Anthea Trelawny - 2015-03-01 00:51

      Some of friends I made in high school were from farming families in Zimbabwe. They all have new lives in New Zealand & Australia now and have no intention of ever going back to Zim. So actually no-one to hand the farms back to, even if ZANU did have a change of heart.

  • Frik Vingers - 2015-02-28 23:16

    Quite amazing how active the Zimbabwe intelligence unit is, sitting in Santon thums downing any criticism of this dried up raisin po.s

  • Steven Swart - 2015-02-28 23:17

    Bob's only fan is working overtime with the thumbs down voting.

  • Sipho Simon Mogale - 2015-02-28 23:18

    Look at him you just see hate

  • Mike Smith - 2015-02-28 23:20

    As long as you and your henchmen are OK and fed, who gives a f about the rest of the zimbos

  • Simbarashe Nematadzira - 2015-02-28 23:21

    Viva Mr Mugabe.all them whites can see the little speck in your eye they cant see the log in theirs.no 1 is more discriminating than most of the people commenting here.you hate a hater you become the worst.some of you will die before he does.

      Craig Jenny Mackenzie - 2015-03-01 00:10

      Hello comrade. While you make comments that are not backed up by fact and are derogatory in their essence, I will never take them seriously. They are nothing more than the filthy utterances of a rasist bigot.

  • Jay Socuro - 2015-02-28 23:24

    Africa, the failed continent.

  • Andre Opperman - 2015-02-28 23:26

    ??????????????

  • Andre Opperman - 2015-02-28 23:36

    Dark is the night just like him

  • Dennis van Aarde - 2015-02-28 23:37

    Magabe does not know what he says anymore

  • MoAfrika ZA - 2015-02-28 23:38

    @Efrika, why don't look for a land elsewhere and bounce with your technology?

      Dylan Dillboy Allison - 2015-03-01 00:21

      Mugabe is a prick... Zimbabwe was like a balloon to him... It went POP!!!!

  • Piet Koekemoer - 2015-02-28 23:39

    He has not long to live so why does he care, lot of wolves fighting for his position.

  • Nelia Van Pletzen Keet - 2015-02-28 23:40

    What a pity that he could not see the good that the white farmers did for his country. What happened to the bread basket of Africa??

      Dylan Dillboy Allison - 2015-03-01 00:20

      Mugabe is a prick... Zimbabwe was like a balloon to him... It went POP!!!!

  • Robby Sly Delvakio - 2015-02-28 23:40

    yes,expell them all but tell your people to remain in your country.

  • Hannes Swanepoel - 2015-02-28 23:43

    Shame...the man is so obsessed by his nazi hate that he doesnt get it. The moment he dies and goes to hell...white farmers will return. WHY? Because they know how to farm..and not just only farm to feed themself..

      Dylan Dillboy Allison - 2015-03-01 00:20

      Mugabe is a prick... Zimbabwe was like a balloon to him... It went POP!!!!

  • graphanex2008 - 2015-02-28 23:48

    Nutcase, like Hitler, Mussolini, Idi Amin etc. Is there any place for dictators in the 21st century?

  • Andre Opperman - 2015-02-28 23:48

    He might have light while he lives so that we can see him, but one day the darkness will catch up to him and he will not be able to smile so that we cannot see that the only white in him was his teeth.

  • Wayne Austen - 2015-02-28 23:56

    When will these brain dead 'leaders' of Africa get over themselves. All they can do is blame the white man for the problems in their countries. If there wasn't any Westernised culture and infrastructure in Zimbabwe or South Africa there would have been nothing for these corrupt looters to take in the first place.

  • Peter Lerner - 2015-03-01 00:05

    Tired old hag! He never really cared for his people or Zimbabwe. Read the Lancaster House agreement and note how he was bought, then already!!! Mugabe with all his anti-colonialist rhetoric has been bank rolled by the West for years!!! Hypocrite!

      Denzil Bosman - 2015-03-01 02:06

      in the agreement who made the first payment,it wasn't the UK,so do some research before u comment,fool u are