President Robert Mugabe does not care about funny quotes falsely attributed him, the Zimbabwean High Commissioner to Ghana has revealed.
Pavelyn Tenclai Musaka says his boss is thinking about important things and not what “little boys and girls” decide to do with his name.
“When I see and hear those quotes, I say to myself let’s not go to those levels. And I urge Ghanaian and African leaders to start respecting their own heads of states,” said Mrs Musaka.
Social media is awash with fake quotes attributed to the outspoken Zimbabwean leader.
Posts such as ’The only warning the African takes seriously is low battery’ – Mugabe (1 minute ago); ‘Circle de33 even if three people urinate at the same time, the place will be flooded’ (Robert Mugabe), are common on social media sites like WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.
It is not clear when and how the trend started, however, the 94-year-old leader of Zimbabwe is known for his glib and strong anti-Western, anti-homosexuality comments.
Some of the things he has actually said include,”If President Barack Obama wants me to allow marriage for same-sex couples in my country (Zimbabwe), he must come here so that I marry him first”.
He made the comment in reaction to Western pressure to recognise gay rights in the country.
To mock critics who say his 34-year rule over Zimbabwe, Mr Mugabe said “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.”
Mrs Musaka says her boss is a statesman and has never expressed worry.
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“Because he is a statesman, statesmen don’t react to little boys and girls. He is not bothered by them. He is above that. He is fighting giants like Tony Blair and the rest, so he is not concerned at all,” she said.