Mugabe: Don't Believe I Won? Kill Yourself

Reelected president hits Western critics

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 12, 2013 9:16 AM CDT

(Newser) – Robert Mugabe has a piece of advice for those skeptical of his latest election victory, including some Westerners: You can go kill yourself. "Those who can't stomach the defeat, you can commit suicide. Even dogs will not sniff their carcasses," he said in his first public speech since the July 31 election. "We will never go back on our victory. We do not know what is retreating," he added, speaking at an event honoring Zimbabwean veterans.

"We are delivering democracy on a platter" to Westerners, he said. "We say take it or leave it." The event was boycotted by officials in Mugabe opponent and PM Morgan Tsvangirai's party. People in attendance carried signs with a variety of messages. Among them, per CNN: "Which Africa Observed Elections in Europe or America?"; "Obama: Zimbabwe will never be a second Chile"; and "Zimbabwe will never be a colony again."

Supporters of Robert Mugabe sing and dance at the country's celebration of  Heroes Day in Harare, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013.
Supporters of Robert Mugabe sing and dance at the country's celebration of Heroes Day in Harare, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Robert Mugabe is seen at the country's celebration of Heroes Day in Harare, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013.
Robert Mugabe is seen at the country's celebration of Heroes Day in Harare, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Robert Mugabe, center left, and his wife Grace attend the country's celebration of Heroes Day in Harare, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013.
Robert Mugabe, center left, and his wife Grace attend the country's celebration of Heroes Day in Harare, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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