Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 93, has a long history of making colorful or controversial remarks during a reign that has spanned nearly four decades. This is a list of some of his most popular quotes
-On staying in office –
“Some are saying ‘Mr Mugabe is old, so he should step down’ No! When my time comes, I will tell you.” 2014
“Only God who appointed me will remove me — not the MDC (opposition), not the British.” 2008
Mugabe’s speech when Zimbabwe won independence was more conciliatory.
“It could never be a correct justification that because the whites oppressed us yesterday when they had power, the blacks must oppress them today.” 1980
“You are now our enemies because you really have behaved as enemies of Zimbabwe. We are full of anger. Our entire community is angry and that is why we now have the war veterans seizing land.” 2000
– On Britain, former colonial ruler –
“The British were brought up as a violent people, liars, scoundrels and crooks… I am told that (former British PM Tony) Blair was a troublesome little boy at school.” 2001
– On gay people –
“Worse than pigs and dogs. Those who do it, we will say, they are wayward. It is just madness, insanity.” 2010
“(President Barack) Obama came to Africa saying Africa must allow gay marriages. God destroyed the Earth because of these sins. Weddings are for a man and a woman.” 2013
– On Nelson Mandela –
“Mandela has gone a bit too far in doing good to the non-black communities, really in some cases at the expense of (blacks). That’s being too saintly, too good.” 2013
– On his affair –
Before his first wife died in 1992, Mugabe started a relationship with Grace, whom he married in 1996.
“I wanted children and this is how I thought I could get them. I knew what I was doing and my wife knew.” 1998
– On death –
False reports of Mugabe dying were a feature of his old age.
“I have died many times. That’s where I have beaten Christ. Christ died once and resurrected once. I have died and resurrected and I don’t know how many times I will die and resurrect.” 2012