Some African leaders cowards - Mugabe

2012-02-21 12:00

Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has branded some African leaders cowards who are prepared to sell out their countries for financial aid and material benefits, the country’s state media reported on Tuesday.

According to Herald online, Mugabe said the current crop of leaders was different from revolutionaries who fought for Africa’s independence.

"Not only have they become cowards, but have become sell-outs of our own people. Betraying, betraying the nations of Africa. That's that AU thing. They just think of money, money, money. Material things!

"If I speak against Britain and Britain is paying part of my budget, it is providing money I need for my hospitals, where shall I get this money?

"If I talk against France and I need French money to pay soldiers, to pay my civil servants, ah, where shall I get the money? That’s the consideration.

"You go and kneel before Sarkozy, you go and kneel before David Cameron, kneel before Obama and say yes we shall do all you want us to do.

"All these leaders, and when you are kneeling, you are making your nation kneel before these young imperialists."

Mugabe said some African leaders were in danger of youths turning against them "when they know more about their history under colonialism".

"Youngsters who get educated and see that oh no, the parents are still living the primitive lives of the past will not stand for it.

"Those with brains, with real knowledge of what happened in the past and they will always be, of course, a few of these and they will learn the lessons."

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-02-21 12:06

    That's rich coming from a man who had to lie, cheat, steal and kill to stay in power.

      SiphoMalele - 2012-02-21 13:23

      Buy the farm, mugobe. In the figurative sense. Soon.

      Pieter - 2012-02-21 13:39

      Coming from the guy that will spend $1m for his 88th birthday, while the poor are starving and their economy lies in ruin. He can't see past his own destructive narcissistic actions. Everything he does is for his own benifit alone. Then he criticizes the same western countries that help poor african countries, it might not be as much as needed but those countries do a damn lot more for those in need than what dictators like Mugabe will ever do.

      David - 2012-02-21 15:13

      Remember the old saying: "Rob Mugabe... before he robs you". Eish,Zimbabweans waiting 30 years to long and now its too late!

      Bird - 2012-02-21 21:08

      @RAPHASHA.T.R - Are you serious? Mugabe is exactly what a parasite is! Are you aware that parasites are organisms that are dependent on something else to live and in the process causes harm to it? It's basic biology, but not to you apparantly, maybe you were "misplaced" in school... You are just a narrow minded racist.

      cowbwouy - 2012-02-22 07:12

      Did you see those he killed or you just heard it over the news, or wait a minute you are white and he touched a nerve!!!

  • winston.mullany - 2012-02-21 12:12

    "Those with brains...." of which you have none you old fart! Just die already!

  • Vicker - 2012-02-21 12:12

    Yes Im sure your people really appreciate starving to death just so that you dont have to accept foreign aid monies. All the while you are living in the lap of luxury yourself, Mugabe. Obviously the old mind is going...

  • Samora Machel Thamsanqa - 2012-02-21 12:16

    Well said Mr President!! The lack of political unity places inter-African economic institutions at the mercy of powerful, foreign commercial interests, and sooner or later these will use such institutions as funnels through which to pour money for the continued exploitation of Africa.

      Ron - 2012-02-21 12:43

      You haven't a clue what you're talking about!

      NrGx - 2012-02-21 13:09

      Samora...Both you and mugabe have one thing in common...Just string a few words together (that you heard somewhere and dont fully understand) and believe it as truth. TRUTH IS...RACISTS LIKE YOU AND MUGABE HATE THE WEST, but when it comes to taking their money, HANDS ARE OUT ready to take!

      Ryan - 2012-02-21 13:19

      Samora, your argument defeat itself. If these mysterious "institutions" are being used to funnel money into Africa, how the hell is this exploitation? Exploitation would be the removal of resources, etc, without recompense, like the bad old days.

      Lanfear - 2012-02-21 13:33

      LOL! You are ignorant Samora. What exactly is "African Unity"? Africa has never been united, Africans are not all of the same ethnicity or culture. I do agree that Africa should start standing up for herself and end the exploitation, and that includes ALL exploitation from West or East.

      Claudio - 2012-02-21 14:56

      And Mugabe kneels in front of China, Hong Kong and Malaysia. His hands are outstretched, begging for handouts, shopping sprees for his wife and medical assistance. Hey Samora - its great to use all the finer things that the poweful western economies have and then stab them in the back.

      Arthur - 2012-02-21 15:46

      And your darling mugabe (note no capital M)hasn't sold his soul and the country to the Chinese?

  • nicog1 - 2012-02-21 12:25

    I know personally of US$88m that Mugabe had transferred to Switzerland in 1982/3 - donor money meant for Zim! We were unceremoniously asked to stop the government audit on request for details! so who is he kidding? f..... thief!

      Mzwandile - 2012-02-21 12:55

      Why didn't you report this to the donor, if you did, what did the donor do? Answers please

  • Ryan - 2012-02-21 12:32

    He failed to mention kneeling before Hu Jintao. Then again, white leaders are only useful for providing rhetoric to stir up the electorate. The only kneeling for money he does is before his Chinese overlords.

  • Siya - 2012-02-21 12:38

    i agree with cde mugabe that some of our are coward but to point fingers without engaging them is nt gonna help the we stil need au or sadc,if these organisations cant solve african problems western countries will colonise africa again,frm siya anc viva

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-21 12:52

      Trust me Siya, western countries have no plan to colonise Africa - it's China that's already doing that while you shake your fist at white people the yellow people are taking huge tracks of land and resources out of Africa..

      Mzwandile - 2012-02-21 13:19

      @PointBlank. Franco speaking countries are still being colonised by French. Why were they interest to be involve in Libya and install Mutarha. What is their business in DRC??

      Vicker - 2012-02-21 13:25

      No - European countries have learnt from their mistake when they colonised Africa. No ways they are going to go through that frustration again...

      Lanfear - 2012-02-21 13:35

      Are you stupid or just ignorant? Western countries will NOT colonise Africa again, they learned their lesson. It is the East that will now become your economic overlords.

      Anthony - 2012-02-21 17:56

      @Mzwandile, If you want to make a comment, at least talk "some" sense. Don't just talk garbage !!!

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-02-21 12:39

    That really is rich coming from this avaricious megalomaniac and his gang of murdering thugs! We know he does not speak for himself only. When he dies the pack of drooling hyenas that surround him will fight for the scraps and show themselves. Cowards..... really Mugabe??? While you sit behind your pack of snarling rabid hyenas???????? Remember Gaddafi your dictator friend ? That's what your youth will do to you if they had half the chance!!

  • nigel.forshaw - 2012-02-21 12:46

    Every day that goes by is one day less we have him in power

  • gregory.f.dean - 2012-02-21 12:54

    ... and then there are others who destroy their economy and country. Mugabe has also enriched himself!

  • Doc - 2012-02-21 12:55

    Yes BOB, your pride is certainly more important than feeding your millions of starving citizens. I have been to my bank manager on many an occasion and when he asks me to take a seat I say "I am quite comfortable on my knees thank you". When it comes to feeding my family their is nothing I will not do, how can you go to sleep at night knowing that your people are dying. You are a disgrace to Africa.

  • ben.nel2 - 2012-02-21 12:59

    Some STD's cause rampant paranoia

  • ThandaMzansi - 2012-02-21 13:09

    Shut up you old fool. When you stop spending millions on your birthday party while people in your country starve, then you can talk again. Until then, may I suggest that you take off all your clothes and do somersaults until it all goes dark? That's where your head belongs. Up your bum.

  • Cosmas - 2012-02-21 13:09

    Vorttsek............BOB, big mouth tyrant, go tell your wife and nephews!

  • Nangamso Nani Mngomeni - 2012-02-21 13:15

    Please Rob u're insulting us here (Zooooma against Juuuuuju)

  • Vadyamina Jazz Maruvha - 2012-02-21 13:15

    i don't like Mugabe but in this one he is on point, most of North African countries are ruled by France and their economy is not performing that well, don't hate someone and hate what ever he said even if he is telling the truth

  • Mzwandile - 2012-02-21 13:16

    Bravo Mr President, well said. The lesson for South Africa is succintly clear, we need to break ranks with our own colonialist (SACP call it colonialism of a special type)and don't allow then to dictate their agenda to us. Lets redistribute the assets of our country, from land to mines otherwise we have to kneel to them forever, as they want us to do now. Mr President you have wealth of wisdom, may God give you many more years. You are an assset to Africa and its children. We love you Mr President.

  • Warwick - 2012-02-21 13:18

    This from a man who begs on his knees to the Chinese and North Koreans. Show us the african salute, its two hands ,palms facing up and touching each other.

  • johan.e.naude - 2012-02-21 13:28

    But Zim is also making use of British money to balance the books:

  • Burton - 2012-02-21 13:32

    Uhm he sold Zim out to the Chinese????

  • Graham - 2012-02-21 13:43

    Bob you mean corrupt, incompetent cowards! Like yourself you psychopath!

  • Gavin - 2012-02-21 13:49

    ok, so a coward serves the terms allowed for in terms of the constitution of his own country, he respects the voters and the laws. and a hero, rapes his country to death, appoints himself leader for life, steals the voters lives and money, sends his wife disgrace to sandton to shop every 3 months. i hope you spend eternity in a lake of fire.

      Frank - 2012-02-23 18:53

      and take disgrace and Gono with you

  • Thando January - 2012-02-21 13:54

    I like that Bob knows what and where the problem/s lies and I'm sure he wishes he was 21years old again and then topple his dictator self. He must just do the honourable thing and vacate his position and stop making an ass of himself.

  • sqoches - 2012-02-21 13:55

    On this one I have to say that Bob is right, and for those who critisize; you should keep in mind that Most of our leaders steal... So long as they stay on their knees, no western media will expose them, which makes them even bigger cowards!

  • braamc - 2012-02-21 13:55

    Vrek your filth

  • derwyn.oxley - 2012-02-21 13:59

    Pot, Kettle, Black???

  • Gian - 2012-02-21 14:00

    that siffilus is getting to his brain

  • Mashudu - 2012-02-21 14:03

    Some African leaders are Puppet!

  • RAPHASHA.T.R - 2012-02-21 14:04

    Robert Mugabe being one of the most decorated Presidents to have walked the planet Earth knows what He is talking about. And He is on point. The Zuma Administration is busy selling South Africa to china and the best bidder, whilst they literally rape South Africa of its wealth. We need young lions like Malema to rise up and fight for the liberation of the African peole from such anomalies. Every cent that the current administration borrows from either the west or the east, will be paid with interest by us tax payers of South Africa. We need South Africans to be Politically sound and literate so they can vote appropriately... south Africans can not allow a noble few to decide for them of what is good for us. Take cues from what is happening in Greece and Italy. we need to decide who we put in office and if and when we feel that they are not carrying out our mandate, we could then recall them.

  • derwyn.oxley - 2012-02-21 14:05

    This is rich coming from somebody that has enriched themselves from Zim's riches. When Bob needs medical treatment, he grabs a plane and off to Korea, Switzerland etc. He has no worries of aid packages any more because the West have (finally) stopped giving it to Zim because he keeps stealing it for personal wealth. The East will provide for near future. What THIS coward needs to do is stand down and let Zim take back control of its own future. Sadly, I just don't see this happening and a new version of Bob will be making the same stupid comments about China and Russia in approx 40 Years

  • Fidel - 2012-02-21 14:25

    South Africa should show some balls by refusing to end MTN's operations in Iran. The Iranians haven't done anything to hurt us.

  • Claudio - 2012-02-21 14:51

    And Mugabe kneels in front of China, Hong Kong and Malaysia. He probably drives German Cars, uses Swiss watches, French Caviar & Champagne and so what makes him different from the other cowards? Please remind me

  • William - 2012-02-21 14:51

    And of course Mugabe does not think about money!!!! I am sure that Grace will be shopping at Shoprite in the future!! What an idiot.

  • Pitshou - 2012-02-21 15:05

    The biggest problem is that Africa need to be rehabilitated from it past tragedies... such as Slavary (+- 400 years), Colonialism (+- 150 years) and this neo colonialism that is rooting us for the past 50 years... All the African leaders since 1960s are working firstly 90% for the interest of the west... these are our internal enemies... If an African leader is willing to work for African people, He will be removed or killed... e.g Lumumba, Sankara, LD Kabila senior,... So in brief Africa is not yet truly Independant... Africans we're still Politicaly, Scientificaly and Spiritualy DEPENDANT! We need a proper REHABILITATION!!

  • Pitshou - 2012-02-21 15:12


      Gerhard - 2012-02-21 15:31

      Because most of the African leaders only want to line their own pockets. They don't give a damn about their own people. When are black Africans going to realise that is not the colour of the person in power, it is their competence?????? Give me a competent black leader and I will vote for him any day of the week!

  • Cristina - 2012-02-21 15:23

    That's rich talk coming from him!!!! SICK!!!!!

  • Agedah Alex - 2012-02-21 15:45

    We should not lie to ourselves politics in Africa is all about personal interests,thats why Zim went down,SA is on a downward trend,Nigeria a shame to civilisation,Ghana is tryin to make up,DRC a failed state etc. Our only good testimony is Botswana,please i welcome a debate

  • zolani.sinxo - 2012-02-21 16:41

    Long Live Robert Mugabe Long Live Zimbwe ... Damn enough said , this guy is a true africanist !! a pratical Pan-Africanist and he is Conscious of his Blackness !!!

  • Samantha - 2012-02-21 16:43

    What a tosser - he didn't win back his country for his people. In fact, he destroyed anything good about it. Winning struggle means nothing if you just destroy what you fought for.

  • Jonas - 2012-02-21 16:49

    Each group say how the west will not colonise and some say how the chinese are colonising,does this solve any african problems?.(That's the question).

  • Ntando - 2012-02-21 17:06

    He might not be practicing what he's preaching, but truth be told, the old man has a point. And a good one for that matter.

  • sidney.gilroy - 2012-02-21 17:09

    Bob - You give a whole new meaning to "The Zimbabwe Ruins". Your senile, STD wrecked brain will not comprehend this : But your immortality is ensured through the generations which will come after you - Their famine, their disease, their struggles, their absolute dispair will immortalize you - for you are the reason behind their suffering.

  • Synclare - 2012-02-21 21:06


      paddy.best1 - 2012-02-21 22:32

      both westerns and african leaders i dont trust any of them the problem with african leaders are they just working only for them self never care for their own people while the western leaders is more better than them because the things they steal from africa they steal it for their people and their co euro just to tell you guys that the true leader has never come to th world.when the two lions are fighting the grass feel the pain,we the children of africa are the once feeling the pain please the western world and african leaders when going into they kingdom please remember us.

  • paddy.best1 - 2012-02-21 22:35

    both westerns and african leaders i dont trust any of them the problem with african leaders are they just working only for them self never care for their own people while the western leaders is more better than them because the things they steal from africa they steal it for their people and their co euro just to tell you guys that the true leader has never come to th world.when the two lions are fighting the grass feel the pain,we the children of africa are the once feeling the pain please the western world and african leaders when going into they kingdom please remember us.

  • Kagiso - 2012-02-22 08:59

    the hypocrisies of mugarbage, stay tuned......

  • raychauke - 2012-02-23 12:00

    Power to you Mr Mugabe. Talk my grand father taell them.

  • Maxwell Mpho Mathoho - 2012-02-23 12:17

    I like it when leaders stands and represent africa first not imperialist ideology-african needs to stand against the odds of the western people, robert mugabe is the man, africa africa viva...harambe.

  • Honourable.Dr.Saka - 2012-02-23 16:10

    A true independent African leader. A TRUE REVOLUTIONALIST and a true Pan-Africanist. Africa needs more of Robert of Robert Mugabe, Muamar Gaddafi and Kwame Nkrumah.

  • Michael McN - 2012-02-23 17:17

    How many Africans willingly follow their leader into the toilet? Did Gaddafi's Libyans? No, they killed him at the first opportunity. Did Amin's Ugandans? No, they killed him at the first opportunity. Did Mugabe's Zimbabweans? Eishhhh, they lack opportunity.

  • Frank - 2012-02-23 18:51

    This from the most dilussional leader on the continent,closely followed by many more just as stupid.