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Mugabe has a deep love for the British, journalist says

Published: December 23, 2012


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“All Mugabe wants from the British is respect.”

ZIMBABWE’s President Robert Mugabe has a deep love for the British people, and all he has wanted from them is respect says the late author and legendary journalist Heidi Holland.

In what could be a revealing interview, the Holland who was the last white journalist to hold an exclusive interview with Robert Mugabe, suggests that Mugabe’s relationship with the British government was only sustained by what she calls ‘respect’.

She even appears to suggest that Mugabe held the British royal family like his own family.

Says Holland,

“…its a fascinating insight that all this goodness was possible from this same man because he felt reassured and he felt respected and if you look at Mugabe today what he is howling up for all the time for years now is for British respect; that’s what he wants.

“And its such an irony because underneath this publicly expressed hatred of the British, is a deep love for the British. When I talked to him at state house he nearly cried when I mentioned the British royal family; he really got tears in his eyes and he talked about the Queen and how she had stayed with him at various times at state house and her sister had come, and her mother had come and her children had come.

“And he talked about them as a family that he was friendly with,” she says.

Heidi Holland’s interview clip is from the documentary film by Kevin Harris, titled: “Zimbabwe – Past the post … on a dark horse”.

Holland is author of the book, “My dinner with Mugabe” and in this interview segment talks about President Robert Mugabe’s relationship with Lord & Lady Soames, the Royal Family and his conflicted, torn & bitter yet ironically also sweet struggle with the British. Holland was a white Zimbabwean who grew up in the country went to Ellis Robins school in Mabelreign, Harare and then worked for Illustrated Life Rhodesia, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, International Herald Tribune, The New York Times and The Guardian. She was also the author of Dinner with Mugabe, an account of her meetings with Robert Mugabe stretching from Rhodesian times up to 2007 when she met him for the last time. Since that meeting with Mugabe in 2007, the president has not entertained any other white journalist at Zimbabwe’s state house to date.


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28 Comments on "Mugabe has a deep love for the British, journalist says"

  1. Mugabe on Sun, 23rd Dec 2012 7:36 am 

    Its true- the old f*rt portrays himself as an “English gentleman” see how he always prefers to wear western style suits as opposed to traditional clothing (usually only at elections)see how he prides himself on his spoken English and etiquette- truly parti leader ye zanu has deep love for British.

  2. Bla Miki on Sun, 23rd Dec 2012 8:51 am 

    Having dinned with President Mugabe does not put one on a platform to say he/she knows the leader very well. Out of shame now that her stupid publication did not take her the length she assumed would travel, she decides to kill herself. The shameless ***** who also dubbled as a street market prostitute as well as lesbian must quickly be forgotten and her death is just like the death of any other dog, good riddance and no regrets. She is now at the hands of her brother Lucifer and may her unrepeantant soul burn into pieces.

  3. Charlie on Sun, 23rd Dec 2012 9:21 am 

    I think the validity of this stupid woman’s claim is evident by the link to the article about her “suspicious” death. What a complete load of rubbish.

  4. oli on Sun, 23rd Dec 2012 10:41 am 

    Ngaaende ka kuna Queen wacho. The old fart should just go away. Akakurira munhamo and he finds him with all these toys and he wants them all. Look at the way yaanofarira birthday shows akakura asingariziwe. Back to you cave Matibili

  5. alex on Sun, 23rd Dec 2012 11:19 am 

    koangavavengereyi.ariright zvinoratidza mumhu anozivamitemo gumi yamwari.gushungo munogona

  6. alex on Sun, 23rd Dec 2012 11:23 am 

    we are behand u baba chatunga.mwari vakadanyika vakaisa vatungamiri vakaita semi.

  7. Charlie on Sun, 23rd Dec 2012 12:03 pm 

    Alex behind you as in manyowa staera, chete vanhu vezanoo ndiwo mafungiro enyu. You are full of metaphorical rhetoric and pragmatic actions.

  8. Bla Miki on Sun, 23rd Dec 2012 2:26 pm 

    I’m really tired now of you Editor abusing my name. I can’t stand this foolish barbaric act anymore.

  9. Poor Farmworker on Sun, 23rd Dec 2012 2:57 pm 

    Hazvineyi nesu izvo. Ndezve Zanu izvo.

  10. Papa Wemba on Sun, 23rd Dec 2012 3:04 pm 

    I told u b4,Tibili is a selout.he mustnt hate Britons but he shld stop copying them,wishing 2 be 1.

  11. Papa Wemba on Sun, 23rd Dec 2012 3:08 pm 

    Thats y he is crying like a wonded buffalo 2 b given permission to go the UK.

  12. Xolani Sibanda on Sun, 23rd Dec 2012 3:50 pm 

    Hello Guys

  13. P**** ******* on Sun, 23rd Dec 2012 3:52 pm 

    I am

  14. George Nyathi on Sun, 23rd Dec 2012 3:53 pm 

    Hello once again

  15. Tandiwe Jenje on Sun, 23rd Dec 2012 3:53 pm 

    Ndiri *****

  16. ***** ************** on Sun, 23rd Dec 2012 3:54 pm 

    Pamberi nezanu pf muchabhoikana gorerino.

  17. Xolani Sibanda on Sun, 23rd Dec 2012 3:55 pm 

    My zimeye name is Cde Naked.

  18. Murombo Zengeye on Sun, 23rd Dec 2012 3:56 pm 

    Whatssup guys

  19. ***** ******* on Sun, 23rd Dec 2012 3:56 pm 

    Cde Chando Kupisa

  20. Vusi Moyo on Sun, 23rd Dec 2012 3:57 pm 

    Comrade Naked a.k.a tchona hayter.

  21. Papa Wemba on Sun, 23rd Dec 2012 7:52 pm 

    ANYWR POLITICS ASIDE. WISHING ALL zimeye guys a fantastic Xmas ie Xolani,naked,makwembere,Grey,miki,chando,Tsano,chegotsi,etc. from Papa Wemba and acc to naked papa wenja.kikikiki

  22. Jumpdaki on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 6:57 am 

    Kikiki Vava wo******* who are the Zimeye guys? A stupid cut throat dog lost its master and is barking in the wilderness with no clue as to which route to follow. go back the way you came and find your master.

  23. Moses Muchemwa on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 7:00 am 

    Jumpdaki how is my comrade?

  24. Mukadota on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 8:16 am 

    I wouldn’t give a toss even if the coffin dodger thought of himself as an alien from wagaduguland. I want the madafukker dead…..yeah…….you heard that right…….Dead……….Even hell would not welcome this old fart.

  25. Papa Wemba on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 11:31 am 

    Jumpdak mushaki wako.Mbwa it difficulty to understand kuti zimeye guys refering to readers.NXA mai va********.

  26. Endangered on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 12:22 pm 

    No hatred nepakisimusi pose siyanai ne poltikisi please mangwana its holy nyangwe tisina peace freedom and unity nxwaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. vincent taremba on Wed, 26th Dec 2012 7:52 am 

    The queen said mugabe is a true english gentleman,her majesty only eats beef straight from zimbabwe. Mugabe has no grudge with the royal family but with the PM’s. Queen ndovakatengera ZRP madefender wani. The relationship that those two share can never be destroyed.
    chematama is merely an idiot in the queens eyes.

  28. Jumpdaki on Fri, 28th Dec 2012 2:48 pm 

    Oh! I am Ok Mosses how about you my firend? Papa W0mgoodoyi I only positively identified you so why insult me?

    Vincent you find the queen’s praises refreshing? You are happy and even say something to the effect that she is your all weather friend. You are a big belly crawler like all you kins men.

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