‘My age mates are gone’ says Zim leader
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says he now feels lonely at home and in government as he is surrounded by “small people” he cannot relate to on an equal footing because of age difference, a report said.
Speaking in an interview with ZBC to mark his 89th birthday last month he said: “They are gone [his age-mates] and those who remain, you look down upon them because they are young.
They have not had the same experience, the same length of life and, therefore, the same advantage of gathering as much knowledge and experience as yourself.”
Bemoaning his lack of buddies he went on to add: “You take my cabinet as it is, there is no one I can talk to about how we used to approach girls or we would go to this and that place, riding bicycles.
There is no one. You have lost others and sometimes you think of it and it makes you very lonely.”
Mugabe who is married to his 47-year-old former secretary Grace is Africa’s oldest leader and the world’s second oldest after Shimon Peres of Israel.
Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980.
MUGABE QUOTES ALONG THE WAY
The only white man you can trust is a dead white man.
Our party must continue to strike fear in the heart of the white man, our real enemy. December 2000
Cricket civilizes people and creates good gentlemen I want everyone to play cricket in Zimbabwe; I want ours to be a nation of gentlemen.
It may be necessary to use methods other than constitutional ones. Remark to the press, 8 July 1962, concerning the future strategy of ZAPU in achieving majority rule
Stay with us, please remain in this country and constitute a nation based on national unity. A plea to the white community shortly before Independence JANUARY 1980
We are not hungry… Why foist this food upon us? We don’t want to be choked. We have enough. Talking about efforts by international food agencies to get food to his starving population, in an interview with Sky TV MAY 2004
When I said gays are worse than dogs and pigs, I really meant it because pigs and dogs do not do unnatural things. JULY 2002
A white man masquerading as a black – A tea boy for his white boss. Typical references to Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the MDC MT formation JUNE 2002
Only God who appointed me will remove me – not the MDC, not the British. We will never allow an event like an election to reverse our independence, our sovereignty, our sweat and all that we fought for …… all that our comrades died fighting for. Said to a meeting of business people in Bulawayo, one week before a discredited Presidential run-off poll. JUNE 2008