Robert Mugabe quotes About Life and Leadership

Robert Mugabe was a Zimbabwean politician who served as Prime Minister from 1980 to 1987 and then as President from 1987 to 2017. He was born on February 21, 1924, and died on September 6, 2019. He identified as a Marxist–Leninist in the 1970s and 1980s and as a socialist after the 1990s, while also being an ideological African nationalist.

Robert Mugabe Quotes 

  1. Stay with us, please remain in this country and constitute a nation based on national unity.
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2. “The white man is not indigenous to Africa. Africa is for Africans. Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans.”

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3. “Cooperation and respect for each other will advance the cause of human rights worldwide. Confrontation, vilification, and double standards will not.”

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4. “We are no longer going to ask for the land, but we are going to take it without negotiating.”

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5. “We don’t mind having sanctions banning us from Europe. We are not Europeans.”

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6. “The land is ours. It’s not European and we have taken it, we have given it to the rightful people… Those of white extraction who happen to be in the country and are farming are welcome to do so, but they must do so on the basis of equality.”

7. “There are things one must do for oneself.”

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8. “We have this American president, Obama, born of an African father, who is saying we will not give you aid if you don’t embrace homosexuality. We ask, was he born out of homosexuality? We need continuity in our race, and that comes from the woman, and no to homosexuality.”

9. “If the choice were made, one for us to lose our sovereignty and become a member of the Commonwealth or remain with our sovereignty and lose the membership of the Commonwealth, I would say let the Commonwealth go.”

10. “It arises from my concern for the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire to ensure a smooth, peaceful and non-violent transfer of power that underpins national security, peace and stability.”

11. “Zimbabwe has lots of safaris, but very few are African. Most are white-owned. In our region, we have the most safaris and animals. Our people cannot keep suffering.”

10 Fake Robert Mugabe Quotes on Social media 

On social media, every of these quotations below are accompanied by a photo of  Robert Mugabe having the appropriate or amusing expression for the message the person is attempting to convey. These are just a few of the quotes that have gone viral on social media.

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12.”When God gives you beauty and no brains, your private parts suffer most.”

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13. “How do you convince the upcoming generation that education is the key to success when we are surrounded by poor graduates and rich criminals.”

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14. “In Africa, the only warning they take seriously is low battery.”

"In Africa, the only warning they take seriously is low battery."

15. “We are living in an era where people “in love” are free to touch each other’s private parts but you cannot touch each other’s phones because they are private.”

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16. “If you are ugly, you are ugly. Stop talking about inner beauty because men don’t walk around with X-ray machines to see inner beauty.”

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17. “Sometimes you look back at girls you spent money on, rather than send it to your mum, and you realise witchcraft is real.”

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18. “No African girl will choose six pack over six cars.. So stop going to the gym and go to work.”

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19. “It’s hard to bewitch African girls these days. Every time you take a piece from her hair to the witch doctor, either a Brazilian innocent woman gets mad or a factory in China catches fire.”

20. “It’s better to sit in a bar thinking about God than to sit in a church thinking about beer.”

21 “I wanted children and this is how I thought I could get them. I knew what I was doing and my wife knew.”


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22. “Treat every part of your towel nicely because the part that wipes your buttocks today will wipe your face tomorrow.”

22. “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.”

23. “Don’t fight even over girlfriends. The country is full of beautiful women. If you cant get one, come to Mugabe for assistance.” 

24. “We of Africa protest that, in this day and age, we should continue to be treated as lesser human beings than other races.” 

My favorite Robert Mugabe quotes, “We don’t mind having sanctions banning us from Europe. We are not Europeans.”

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Mugabe was a controversial figure in Zimbabwe’s politics, having ruled for nearly four decades. He was celebrated as an African liberation hero who assisted in the liberation of Zimbabwe from British colonialism, imperialism, and white minority control. However,   Mugabe has also been accused by critics of being a tyrant who was responsible for economic mismanagement, rampant corruption, and human rights violations such as anti-white racism and crimes against humanity.

When most people think of President Robert Mugabe, they think of his sarcastic Mugabe quotations that circulate on social media, which paints a clear picture of how well-known the ironic Mugabe quotes are. However, some of the quotes are from his speeches, particularly during African Union summits, national addresses, and press conferences. Some include a lot of jokes and obscenity, but at the end of the day, they deliver a message to the general public.

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