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Mugabe admits he now feels lonely

HARARE – President Robert Mugabe has revealed that he now feels lonely both at home and in government as he is now surrounded by “small people” he cannot relate with on an equal footing because of age difference. 

Mugabe admits he now feels lonely
Mugabe admits he now feels lonely

Mugabe (89) said the only person who came closer to him on maturity and age was the Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa and described other Cabinet members like Media, Information and Publicity minister Webster Shamu and Information Communication Technology minister Nelson Chamisa as “kids”.

Mutasa, born in 1935, is 11 years Mugabe’s junior, while Shamu and Chamisa are 67 and 33 years old, respectively. At 89, Mugabe stands as one of the oldest leaders in the country and the longest-serving statesmen on the continent after being in power for the past 33 years.

“. . . 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. And so you can’t discuss with them things that happened in the 1930s or even 1950s. They will not know. There is that limitation,” Mugabe said in an interview with ZBC to mark his 89th birthday.

“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. There are others like Mutasa. He comes close, but others are just children, the likes of Shamu, Chamisa. You feel that loneliness. You have lost others and sometimes you think of it and it makes you very lonely.”

Mugabe said that there was no one even in the family who could give proper advice as most rely on him as the elder.

“The consoling part of it is that, well fine, there are young ones and young minds you can talk to. You can also try to educate, you can also try to relate a bit of history to and so on and so forth. But they remain young ones who listen much more than they share ideas with you,” Mugabe said.

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. Yet the world stage is studded with contemporaries who prefer to hold on to the reins.

These rulers include Israeli President Peres (89), Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, aged 86, and King Bhumipol Adulyadej of Thailand (85). Last month, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands cited her 75th birthday as a reason to step down, saying “our country should be in the hands of a new generation”.

Nelson Mandela, one of the world’s most respected statesmen, retired as president at the age of 81 in 1999 and from public life four years later as his health declined.

Mugabe has lost several close colleagues in the party including Vice-Presidents Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, Simon Muzenda, Joseph Msika and lately John Landa Nkomo.

He has lost several ministers and party cadres, while in his family most of his siblings have died. His other surviving sister Bridgette has been in a coma at a local hospital since 2010 after collapsing during the burial of her elder sister Sabina.

Regionally, Mugabe has lost several counterparts, while others have retired from active party politics. NewsDay

  • Earthman Connextion

    Cant be trusted,you looking for fame abusing the office of the President.

  • Earthman Connextion

    Cant be trusted,you looking for fame abusing the office of the President.

  • Nyaa Ndlovu

    regai mukuru azorore uyu akamira mira veduwe mabhunu aidei achiri kungotidzvanyirira

  • Nyaa Ndlovu

    regai mukuru azorore uyu akamira mira veduwe mabhunu aidei achiri kungotidzvanyirira

  • Newsmen @Radio Nehanda are always day-driming! They tell us their wishes. They don’t even know e meaning of loneliness! F**k u!

  • Newsmen @Radio Nehanda are always day-driming! They tell us their wishes. They don’t even know e meaning of loneliness! F**k u!

  • Baba Jongwe

    The man has been blessed by God with the gift of a long life. That makes him special. I love you Gushungo!

  • You are not lonely Mdara. We are together until death

  • You are not lonely Mdara. We are together until death

  • Nevada you an idiot nxxx

  • Nevada you an idiot nxxx

  • Pj

    Tough shit

  • ninja

    you are a legend bob ,noone can replace you,they are all cheaters and full of ignorance without direction eg morgan mdc leader,he is just after woman bullshit,.the world shall salute you and play all your sayings against colonialism and imperialist when you are no more.god is protecting you to save those still with ignorance.

  • Page of a foolish founder.

  • Page of a foolish founder.

  • Tingataura kana kunyarara, only God knows! Kutaura kunongotaridza ungwaru kana kupusa kwedu, zvatinoda kana zvatisingadi, but ramangwana uswa huri pamuromo wenyati! Idandaro badzi! Takamirira! Anofara nhasi achasuwawo mangwana, akasuwa achisunungurwa! Hameno! Asi Mwari havazi benzi bedzi!

  • Tingataura kana kunyarara, only God knows! Kutaura kunongotaridza ungwaru kana kupusa kwedu, zvatinoda kana zvatisingadi, but ramangwana uswa huri pamuromo wenyati! Idandaro badzi! Takamirira! Anofara nhasi achasuwawo mangwana, akasuwa achisunungurwa! Hameno! Asi Mwari havazi benzi bedzi!

  • Israel Chipere

    That’s why Zimbabwe is living in the past,,,,

  • Darlington Diamond

    If u dnt hve anything to say its better to b quite!!

  • Nyarai Mufema

    So what cant find better news.

  • Oswell Jeranyama

    In a world that is increasingly becoming civilized,he really is lonely given his stupidity and selfishness.

  • @ whoever, whatever!

  • visitor

    Its tough!

    • denny

      What’s tough about that?He should have resigned long back and enjoying his pension but he is very arrogant and stupid.

  • Leo Rudo Tina Marowa

    So What give us Newz pliz

  • tsurotsuro

    god knows important people to keep until they accomplish their liberation task thru economic empowerment of black zimbabweans

    • denny

      We can do it without him.Do you want to tell me among people who went to war only Mugabe is worth to be a leader,you must be sick and even non going to war generation should have taken over long back if we wanted Zimbabwe to progress instead of being stagnant as it is today because of Mugabe!!

  • denny

    chamisa isn’t even a kid but mwana wemwana waMugabe,saka muzukuru

    • makuhwa

      anetenge mwana wemuzukuru futi!

  • ko gile aripi

  • Ngozi

    Hey Bhobhati you forgot your whore Grace, she is 40 years your junior. How perverted is that? The day Grace Pfambi Huru Marufu was born Jendekufa was already clocking 40 years old – SICK!

    • Dingdingwe

      kikiki!

  • HOVIO(HOHOHO)VIGORONY

    TALK TALK…KO CHINOGARIRWA PACHIGARO CHACHO CHII….KUITA SEKUTI PANECHISVINU CHINONZI NDINOGARIRA….IKO KUKWRA NDEGE….KUDYA MAKEKE PA BIRTHDAY….KU MARCHA NE MASOJA PAHEROES DAY….NE MOTORCADE HOMBE…WAT ELSE…ENDAI MUNOZORORA BABA CHATUNGA

  • Rex Nhongo

    Age has really caught the “Great Leader”! Nyaya dzekukwira mabhasikoro nevasikana hadzitaurwe kuCabinet. Anofanirwa kudzitaura nemapeers ake vaakumba vapedza basa. We dont need 50s leadership style or mentality. Back then, things moved slowly and were simplistic. The 21st century need forward thinking minds. This is why young Turks like Kasukuwere mess under his watch and get away with it coz he is no longer relevant to the society.

  • Rex Nhongo

    Akandiuraya ndirikumuronda……Achafa zvinosiririsa!! watch this space

  • moto uyo

    The murderous despot Matibili is the only CEO who sleeps on the Job &gets away with it,however the massmurderer is Hague/Hell bound.Zvichakuvana chete iwe Matibili!

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