Former Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, died on Friday morning while undergoing treatment for an undisclosed sickness at a hospital in Singapore.
During the time he was alive, the tough-talking Mugabe became famous for his hard-hitting quotes that depicted his personality as the Head of State of the Southern African country.
The sayings by the 95-year-old, who was nicknamed Uncle Bob, caused him to be trolled all over the world on the various social media platforms.
Mugabe, who had been in power for 37 years before being ousted by the current President Emmerson Mnangagwa, was never afraid of speaking his mind, especially when criticizing the West.
As the world mourns the demise of an icon, here are 16 of his most famous quotes;
Mugabe condemned imperialism and faulted it for the division experienced in the African continent.
1. During the speech he delivered at Salisbury in 1962, Mugabe remarked that “Africa must revert to what it was before the imperialists divided it. These are artificial divisions which we, in our Pan-African concept, will seek to remove.”
2. “Our party must continue to strike fear in the heart of the white man, our real enemy.” Quote delivered during a Zanu PF rally in 2002.
3. Expressing his opposition to homosexuality, Mugabe stated during a radio interview in 2015, “We ask, was he born out of homosexuality? We need continuity in our race, and that comes from the woman, and no to homosexuality. John and John, no; Maria and Maria, no. They are worse than dogs and pigs. I keep pigs and the male pig knows the female one.”
4. “We equally reject attempts to prescribe ‘new rights’ that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions, and beliefs. We are not gays.”
5. “We have fought for our land, we have fought for our sovereignty, small as we are, we have won our independence and we are prepared to shed our blood … So, Blair keep your England, and let me keep my Zimbabwe.”
6. “I am still the Hitler of the time. This Hitler has only one objective: justice for his people, sovereignty for his people, recognition of the independence of his people and their rights over their resources. If that is Hitler, then let me be Hitler tenfold. Ten times, that is what we stand for.”
7. “I have died many times – that’s where I have beaten Christ. Christ died once and resurrected once.”
8. “Let Mr Bush read history correctly. Let him realise that both personally and in his representative capacity as the current president of the United States, he stands for this ‘civilisation’, which occupied, which colonised, which incarcerated, which killed. He has much to atone for and very little to lecture us on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. His hands drip with (the) innocent blood of many nationalities.”
9. “How do you convince the upcoming generation that education is the key to success when they are surrounded by poor graduates and rich criminals?”
10. “The white man is not indigenous to Africa. Africa is for Africans. Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans.”
11. ” If president Barrack Obama wants me to allow same-sex couples in my country (Zimbabwe) he must come here so that I marry him first.”
12. “Nothing makes a woman more confused than being in a relationship with a broke man who is extremely good in bed.”
13. “If you are a married man and you find yourself attracted to school girls, just buy your wife a school uniform.”
14. “I would spend my time telling stories or writing them.”
15. “Almost a million naira to study chemistry in a private university in Nigeria yet none of them has invented anything, not even anointing oil!”
16. “Our economy is a hundred times better, than the average African economy. Outside South Africa, what country is (as good as) Zimbabwe? … What is lacking now are goods on the shelves – that is all.”