Former president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe ruled over the Southern African nation for 37-years and was until Tuesday the only leader the country has ever had.
Most politicians and public figures will at some point put their foot squarely in their own mouths with crazy statements and the fiery ex-leader has had more time than most to come up with some pretty crazy and wild quotes.
Briefly.co.za takes a look back at five of the most ridiculous and jaw-dropping quotes to have passed through Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s lips.
"The British were brought up as a violent people, liars, scoundrels and crooks... I am told that Blair was a troublesome little boy at school." - Mugabe said this in 2001 when speaking about the then British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Mugabe held Blair in very very low regard.
"Worse than pigs and dogs... Those who do it, we will say, they are wayward. It is just madness, insanity." and “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." – Mugabe spoke about gay people in 2010 and then again in 2013 against gay marriage.
"I am still the Hitler of the time. This Hitler has only one objective, justice for his own people, and sovereignty for his people, and recognition of the independence of his people. “If that is Hitler, then let me be a Hitler tenfold." – Mugabe compares himself to one of the most despicable people to ever have walked the planet in a 2003 speech.
"Some are saying 'Mr Mugabe is old, so he should step down'... No! When my time comes, I will tell you. Only God who appointed me will remove me -- not the MDC (opposition), not the British." – Mugabe dismisses any notion that he will not rule over Zimbabwe during an address in 2008.
"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." – What might seem like arrogance was actually Mugabe speaking out about constant reports that he had died in 2012.
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