'We find counsel, wisdom in Mugabe'

2012-07-03 14:49

Harare - Zimbabwe's 88-year-old president left for Singapore for a routine medical check-up, state radio reported on Tuesday. After several trips to the Asian country in the past year, it is the first time the state broadcaster has officially announced reasons for his departure.

The last time President Robert Mugabe went to Singapore on a private visit in April, state radio said that some Western and local media organisations "peddled falsehoods" that he was gravely ill.

The announcement follows a slew of reports in Zimbabwe media loyal to Mugabe on his fitness — even that he has a strict exercise regime and awakens before the rest of his household — in efforts to head off speculation on his health.

Mugabe, who has ruled the southern African nation for more than three decades, has looked healthy at recent public engagements and repeatedly declared his is "as fit as a fiddle."

In local media, Mugabe allies and foes have recently praised him for his energy and decisiveness. Finance Minister Tendai Biti, a top aide of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, described Mugabe as alert and wise in private face to face meetings that lasted for hours.

"We find counsel and wisdom in him. He is a very seductive man ... you will be shocked by the calmness," said Biti in an interview published in full by the state Sunday Mail newspaper this week. Biti is known as a firebrand in the coalition.

Mugabe's wife Grace, his former secretary half his age, in a similar interview run verbatim in the state media said the couple begin their day at 5:00 a.m. or earlier "depending on our schedule."

"It is my husband who gets out of bed first," she said. "He will not miss his morning exercises, seven days a week," she said.

She suggested longevity runs in the family.

"He is very lucky he inherited his mother's genes. We think when she died she was over 100 years old and she was very sound and never sick at all, " Grace Mugabe said.

  • Press - 2012-07-03 15:05

    Sjeez - if that is your source for "councel and wisdom" I shudder to think what your starting position must be . . . .

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-03 16:02

      let us know when you finish liking his sack pls...

      Squeegee - 2012-07-03 16:32

      He is also sweet - in a satanic sort of way...

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-03 20:37

      Well to be fair look where they are; media under State control, little internet access. People are just trying to survive from day-to-day, month-to-month. Where is the access to new ideas, information? Not to mention the fear of being thrown into some hell-hole for 'unwanted thoughts'.

  • Revelgen - 2012-07-03 15:09

    The only 'wisdom' in Mugabe is how to absolutely wreck a once-prosperous country whilst becoming extremely wealthy yourself through repressive, gangster tactics. Hell awaits you Mugarbage. Not long now.

      jacque.raymer - 2012-07-03 15:32

      notice SA is on a similar path ? zimbabwe has a 14 year lead on us, but the end result is the same...

      Digger - 2012-07-03 23:29

      Yes and isn't it so very sad that the majority of blacks in SA are too stupid and blinded with racist hatred and jealousy to see it. They will not learn from the mistakes of Zim, but follow in their footsteps. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, each time expecting a different result. Albert Einstein.

  • anthony.okelly.98 - 2012-07-03 15:10

    Strange when longevity, usually celebrated, is the curse of the free world.

  • chris.pieterse.73 - 2012-07-03 15:12

    And the Devil looks after his children!

      Sharon - 2012-07-03 19:13

      maybe he likes prostate examinations and there is no one willing to give bob the finger in zim

      Tommo - 2012-07-03 23:52

      @Sharon. I believe its called fisting???

      mundu.olewega - 2012-07-04 05:01

      Still, it's going to be hot where he's going eventually!

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-07-03 15:21

    Notice he goes to Singapore to visit the doctor. No doctors left in Zimbabwe?

  • bart.mitchell.393 - 2012-07-03 15:49

    sorry but his counsel and wisdom are lost me.What,are they all on LSD !

  • bart.mitchell.393 - 2012-07-03 15:50

    I are all racist.Just HAD to put that in....

  • TheVern69 - 2012-07-03 16:07

    He's so healthy cause he and his cronies are eating the only food still left in the country while millions are starving!

  • provence.poppies - 2012-07-03 16:18

    Sounds like a fairy tale. Unfortunately how many Zimbabweans wake up hungry at 5 in the morning because he has stolen everything. Barbarian will get his day soon.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-07-03 16:42

    He can teach everyone how to go from hero to zero in two short lessons.

  • Irene - 2012-07-03 17:16

    If they find counsel and wisdom in Mugarbage, it proves yet again how very low their standards are.

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-07-03 19:28

    Hahaha MDC has been hypnotized. Emotional clowns.

  • stuart.lidstone.1 - 2012-07-03 19:53

    His mother was very sound, likely over 100, never sick at all, but eees ded (sic). ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  • boltonbarry - 2012-07-03 20:14

    Go back to 1936 insert the name Adolf Hitler in the article

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-03 20:41

      Even at the very end, ordinary German soldiers wrote things like "we will go on. Our leader would surely not lead us knowingly into failure". The reasons are many but they start with uncomplicated minds who trust implicitly. When it's all done, they're dazed and confused and many went mad, unable to reconcile how the world saw things and how they did.

      boltonbarry - 2012-07-04 08:15


  • johnathon.masters - 2012-07-03 20:38

    Evil only exists in this world because we allow it to

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-03 21:49

      ....or we do not see it as evil

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-03 20:47

    This can only be true if he's emparting knwoledge on how not to be a leader. There's value in this knowledge, but I doubt he's doing this.

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-03 21:48

    What councel and wisdom is there in a donkey's arse?

  • raul.curado.1 - 2012-07-03 22:16

    Whom does he first think about when he wakes up? The poor? Who said that? Wasn't it Rob Mugrabe?

  • Tommo - 2012-07-03 23:57

    His mother was sound of mind and lived to over 100. In two ways he is not like his mother...

  • braamc - 2012-07-04 00:13

    Can the cancer progress already

  • SunblushStarfish - 2012-07-04 03:49

    Going to Mugabe for 'counsel and wisdom' is like look to satan for salvation - aint going to happen and you know that there is going to be hell to play. There is a special place reserved in hell for Mugabe and his mates.

  • Wouter - 2012-07-04 06:52

    We feel the same about Malema.

  • Beckie Knight - 2012-07-04 07:05

    Sheesh!! All the way to Singapore? Are there no doctors left in "his" "ex-amazing" country?

  • gerald.hoeritzauer - 2012-07-04 07:12

    Strange, how he always looks the same, does not age etc. Maybe he is dead and his double lives on, compliments of ZANUPF

  • tefong - 2012-07-04 07:27

    Hello Robert M, pray for your enemies to live long and see who you will be in future. It is really sad that my brothers in Zim are going through such hard times, i guess this was the best way out for the Zimbabweans

  • philip.d.bruyn - 2012-07-04 07:56

    'We THINK when she died she was over 100 years old' ??? Like all other African leaders, they THINK they know what is best for their people. Maybe they must start working with facts, and stop THINKING!

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-04 08:51

    biti you are a dumb neandertal, wisdom hahaha, your stupidity & ignorance knows no bounds, time for Zimbabweans to rise up against this bunch of stupid idiots.

  • coenraad.vanderwesthuizen.3 - 2012-07-04 10:28

    "It is my husband who gets out of bed first," she said. "He will not miss his morning exercises, seven days a week," she said. The early morning "run" to the outhouse.

  • Richard - 2012-07-05 01:44

    Robert Mugabe... the only black man to hit white supremacy where it hurts and live to tell the tale. Long live comrade and may many like you emerge in the future. They fought back with all they had but you are still there strong as ever.

      pisciotta - 2012-07-05 14:34

      Why then does he find it necessary to leave his Black country for his health reasons? I have my own thoughts on that matter. Still Richard why not as your kissing it, volunteer to change his nappies?

  • tmunukwa - 2012-07-13 20:07

    more lyf fe him....

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