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Tsvangirai an ignorant man – Mugabe

2013-06-28 10:15

Cape Town – "An ignorant man". That's how Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe described Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai during a recent interview with a Namibian newspaper, newzimbabwe.com reported on Thursday.

Asked to comment on the MDC leader's decision to challenge in court his proclamation for the country's forthcoming elections to be held on 31 July, Mugabe said: "I sympathise with his ignorance. He is an ignorant man. That’s not what a prime minister should do, that's not what even the President should do.

"There are lawyers that can represent us if there is a point of dispute and the need to appeal on that point. There are lawyers that can do it for us. And, for a whole prime minister to … we don’t even want to talk about it; it's disgraceful, absolutely disgraceful."

Mugabe unilaterally set 31 July as the election date, only to be forced by a special summit of SADC to mount a court challenge seeking a poll postponement to allow for the implementation of electoral and legislative reforms to guarantee free and fair voting.

During the same interview, Mugabe also hinted at possible retirement after the elections, but insisted he would only consider the prospect once he was satisfied that his Zanu-PF party held power without sway and that Western attempts to reverse the country's revolution had been defeated completely.

"Regime change does not work"


"I will retire someday but I can’t say I’m going to an election in order to retire. People will say, ah, we can't vote for your retirement, we are voting for you to rule. That will be decided as and when the situation demands," he said.

"But … we had to demonstrate to the West that it’s not you who should instruct us to stand down, ha, regime change does not work. Who are you to want our regime to change?"

"So, it was mainly because of that, to demonstrate that and also to hold on, so my party could be together because sometimes when you get voices from Europe like that there are some people, in the party, who begin to worry, to shiver and so on and so forth.

"But we said no, we fought them yesterday you see, we can fight them again. We won't collapse and we didn’t collapse, we will remain and remain with the leadership they don't want. That’s it, we were defiant. It was a defiant campaign in a way.

"But we will settle down and naturally we should allow power to transfer. But we must be assured that when we transfer that we are well united and we have in-built strength within the party."

Comments
  • Happy Moloto - 2013-06-28 10:32

    nice suit and tie there rob..pity it does not go with the face..but very nice i have to admit..

      Donovan Dunn - 2013-06-28 15:12

      those buttons are straining not to snap

      swart.vart - 2013-06-29 01:22

      Those buttons are straining from the straps attached to the back of the jacket to stop him falling out of the chair and drooling all over the floor

  • Budirirai Chanyau - 2013-06-28 10:32

    you are the ignorant one. Ignorant of our suffering.

  • Eterni80 - 2013-06-28 10:35

    one ignorant the other arrogant walking hand in hand through the ruins of Zimbabwe

      Blessing Mutsvara - 2013-06-28 10:40

      So who can save us now. There is surely a leadership crisis in zim bcz they are all full of themselves.. What a pity!

      Erich Goosen - 2013-06-28 11:13

      Ignorant or senile - what's the difference.

      Danielle Vlok - 2013-06-28 11:22

      A pity indeed Blessing- such a beautiful country once, filled with opportunity and potential.

      Joe Black - 2013-06-28 11:52

      There are currently two Zimbabwe ruins, the old and the new one.

  • DrGonzoSA - 2013-06-28 10:37

    I'd recommend a different temperature setting next time you wash your suit

  • non-believer - 2013-06-28 10:43

    a son of Africa - what a perfect description for BAD MAD BOB - I will have to listen to our local idiot Dali Tambo to see the 'VISIONARY'. I just LOVE the suit. WAGA WAGA, WATTAH MUUUUUNKIE

  • Irvin Mkhari - 2013-06-28 10:50

    western(s) are mad,who give them authority to change African counties regime? because they have money they assume they will Control Africa.can Africans change their regime? definitely not we are ruled they are rulers

      Xavier7034 - 2013-06-28 11:15

      Strange that you are so anti "West" with an ancient European (Scottish) name like yours to be proud of.....also - are you referring to the Cowboy movies ....Western(s)- bit confused..... :-) Why are so many Zimbabweans living outside Zim if the leaders are so appealing....

      Danielle Vlok - 2013-06-28 11:26

      Irvin, that statement is so far from the truth it's not even funny. Every single person is responsible for their own happiness and success. Speak to "africans" as you put in places like Nigeria. They don't see westerners as an enemy- but welcome anyone who can provide the means or opportunity to better their economy and thus indirectly their own lives. It's all about perspective- and that's something you decide on- no one else decides it for you.

      moodleysu - 2013-06-28 11:31

      Come on Irvin "dickbrain" Mkhari. Do u walk around uses leopard skins??? Its not about changing regime u 3rd world num nut. I'm sure u give the impression to foreigners that we're living in a freaking jungle... By your surname. U sound Zimbabwean. Plz don't bring your Mugabe mentality to SA.

      Blaz John - 2013-06-28 11:45

      Mugabe is a failure that's why he keep on hanging onto the position. If he had achieved he should have left year ago. He believes there is no life after presidency.

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-28 13:02

      Irvin Mkhari. Someone in your family liked the western world, they named you IRVIN.

  • moodleysu - 2013-06-28 11:07

    The kettle calling the pot black. No wait. The potjie pot calling the pot black. I always taught that Mugabe was ignorant and if he claims not to be and is doing all this with sound knowledge then that's pure evil. That's puts him right up there with Lucifer and Hitler.

  • Yoruichi Coral Summer Shihoin - 2013-06-28 11:14

    Mugabe you are one to talk about being arrogant. You are the world's most arrogant man in the entire world beside Hitler

      Frodo Lopez - 2013-06-28 16:07

      @Yoruichi here is something for you see why others like you hate Mugabe...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnREo7CdUzo. To many Africans he is the hero. News24 has been removing this link so hurry up before they remove it again

      Ryan Jonathan Prospero - 2013-06-29 22:55

      seeing that youtube is being referred to as gospel, here is a youtube link for you to see Frodo, a hobbit sized name = a hobbit sized brain . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqx9vyE2tkc : just because it is on youtube doesn't mean anything

  • Kobus Oosthuizen - 2013-06-28 11:15

    He should've stolen a fatter boss' suit

  • Samuel Chari - 2013-06-28 11:21

    His very name obviously stirs the innards of many a settler sitting on loot.. "But we said no, we fought them yesterday you see, we can fight them again. We won't collapse and we didn’t collapse..."

  • Ian McNaughton - 2013-06-28 11:21

    The old codger's gibbering again. Please wipe the drool of his chin someone...!

  • Israel Levi - 2013-06-28 11:22

    The pot calling the kettle black. I can see who is influencing double dome shower head

  • Mebras Sbu Sbusiso Ndlovu - 2013-06-28 11:23

    The opposite is true,Bob is the ignorant one and only cares about the minority not the majority,we hav had enough of u even if u retire we wil never mis u

      Lionel De Frontignac - 2013-06-28 14:08

      Mugabe is no ignorant fool; we may think he is mad, but he is doing everything to stay in power, so far he's been doing that quite well. It also helps that the ANC support him. It's ironic that during Apartheid the Nats supported the Smith Regime, and then when democracy came to South Africa, the Nats joined the ANC... When it comes to politics, the people are the losers.

  • Israel Levi - 2013-06-28 11:24

    U do get stupid people with higher education degrees n doctorates. Mugabe has proved this time n time again

  • ARTFUL DODGER. - 2013-06-28 11:32

    Oh, this Mugabe is a cabin copy of Zuma!!!!

  • Hayley Fredericks - 2013-06-28 11:41

    Bwahahahahahahaa. Bob the Nob ........................

  • Jacob Molife - 2013-06-28 11:42

    A few days ago the 'president' said "they are in war mode". Tell me who is more ignorent? He must protect all 'his' citizens. That's incitement, intimidation n damn SATANIC!!!

  • Garth Labuschagne - 2013-06-28 11:49

    Bob learn to use a compass. Europe is North

      Adventur Mangwana - 2013-06-28 12:55

      Geographically,he is right.

  • Jacob Molife - 2013-06-28 11:52

    Spooks are playin tricks on this Mug. Can some one end this poor poor alley bat's misery????

  • Michael Kleber - 2013-06-28 12:00

    They need time to print there ballot papers with the ticks done for you on ZANUPF of course , forward thinking party

  • vernon - 2013-06-28 12:01

    You clown ,even if he was as thick as a brick ,he would be better than you, By the way shoot your tailer,i am sure he works for the Zoo which you should be kept in.

  • Jason Hepple - 2013-06-28 12:10

    I'd rather be ignorant than cruel and without conscience... Bob!

  • Chris Potgieter - 2013-06-28 12:22

    mad dog bob is way past his sell by date, he should be taken to the SPCA and put to sleep so his people can start rebuilding what he destroyed.

      Frodo Lopez - 2013-06-28 13:18

      Guess @Chris you need tow atch this and see why you and others of your type hate Mugabe...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnREo7CdUzo. To many Africans he is the hero.

  • Rob Martin - 2013-06-28 14:21

    Says the Dick-tator

  • Elmarie Viljoen Neff - 2013-06-28 14:24

    Africa could really do without you... without a dictator!!! Your people suffer and you live in luxury, go for medical treatment in Singapore, but your people have no food... You are a disgraceful man!! How you are still in power is absolutely amazing, what hold you must have over people, the fear you install in them to vote for you! Sis man... You call your oponent ignorant? How unbelievable!! For you have installed this ignorance in your own country and your own people! You are what you create!!

  • Hemlock - 2013-06-28 15:36

    hahahahaha, thats rich coming from you Mad Bob!

  • Firstseed Mbeva - 2013-06-28 16:44

    Isn't the direct opposite?

  • Truth.nnete - 2013-06-28 17:43

    Mugabe could have fooled me if it wasnt for the death of black people who died bcos they differed from his opinion.People were burnt in their house bcos they supported the opposition party.

  • Fransiena Bekker Grobbelaar - 2013-06-28 18:26

    FAt cat suit! ha ha

  • Jafta Sithole - 2013-06-28 21:09

    i think this is some sort of cold war between Zim and Western powers .What do you think?Its not oly oil also .uranium, etc

  • Tshaday Elvis Nimohola - 2013-06-29 20:13

    Mugabe should stop this stupid accusation of the West everytime when asked about issues in Zimbabwe. People are suffering, brutalised by ZANU PFevery day not by the West!! Your time is up, service your cancer and leave us alone!!

  • Tshaday Elvis Nimohola - 2013-06-29 20:18

    Mugabe shuold stop this nonsense of accusing the West about issues in Zim, is it the west that brutalise people everyday? Kill innocent through fake accidents? Deploy the soldiers and CIO to kill your own fellow Zimbabwean, your time is up! Leave people of Zimbabwe alone and treat your cancer in peace,

  • Tshaday Elvis Nimohola - 2013-06-29 20:19

    Zim, is it the west that brutalise people everyday? Kill innocent through fake accidents? Deploy the soldiers and CIO to kill your own fellow Zimbabwean, your time is up! Leave people of Zimbabwe alone and treat your cancer in peace

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