Quotes and Sayings


The one who refuses to be told learns by the flow of blood.

(Ndebele Tribal Proverb)

Hope doesn’t kill; it’s rushing that kills.

(Ndebele Tribal Proverb)

“We recognise that the future Government of Zimbabwe, whatever its political complexion, will wish to extend land ownership. The Government can of course purchase land for agricultural settlement, as we all have seen. The Independence Constitution will make it possible to acquire under-utilised land compulsorily, provided that adequate compensation is paid.

Any resettlement scheme would clearly have to be carefully prepared and implemented to avoid adverse effects on production.”

Lord Carrington

11 October 1979

MDC deputy secretary-general Gift Chimanikire

“I think people will be very disappointed. People have been looking towards the MDC as the only alternative to the current problems… there is bound to be some form of expression of anger in Harare.”



President Robert Mugabe on the poll outcome

“I will accept it, I will more than accept it, because I will have won.”



Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai

“Zanu-PF is now engaged in a last-ditch effort to stop people from voting it out of power by ensuring that the voting process in MDC strongholds is slowed down.”



Mr Tsvangirai on the long queues of voters

“If these thousands of people are not allowed to vote, this is a stillborn election.”



US State Department spokesman Richard Boucher on the arrest of four diplomats on Monday

“This is harassment and a contravention of international diplomatic norms by the Government of Zimbabwe and we view it as unacceptable.”



Mariyawanda Nzua, head of the elections directorate in Harare

“I think we have done our best.”



Never Taraswa, a 37-year-old voter waiting in a queue

“They don’t want us to change things.”



Austrian Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner, speaking for EU foreign ministers

“On the basis of the first reports from our ambassadors in Harare, we cannot draw positive conclusions.”



Kare Vollan, head of Norway’s election observers

“There have been queues of thousands of people waiting outside for many hours and with the speed that they started today it is not possible to process all those voters over two days.”



Peter Chiriseri, Harare voter

“It is not fair. Voting is not a crime. We are not happy at all. All these people are Zimbabweans and should be allowed to choose their leaders.”



Dennis Musodzi who spent a day and night at a Harare polling station

“I am prepared to spend another day and night here, and I am not making secret what I am here for. I am waiting to vote for Tsvangirai because I am sick and tired of Mugabe.”



Ian Smith, former prime minister of what was then Rhodesia

“All of the reports we have had indicate that the people say they want to change. So we have a change, then once again this could be one of the greatest countries in the world, instead of being what it is now, which is despised by the rest of the world.”



Edson, who was waiting to vote in Mbare

“If it is safe to stay, I will stay, but if it is not safe to stay, I will go. People are afraid (of being) attacked because there are no lights outside.”

“We are not hungry… Why foist this food upon us? We don’t want to be choked. We have enough.”

Robert Mugabe

The ballot is stronger than the bullet…

Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run. The daily work – that goes on, it adds up. ~ Barbara Kingsolver

“If yesterday I fought you as an enemy, today you have become a friend and ally with the same national interest, loyalty rights and duties as myself. If yesterday you hated me, today you cannot avoid the love that binds you to me and me to you… If ever we look to the past, let us do so for the lessons the past has taught us, namely that oppression and racism are inequalities that must never find scope in our political and social system.”

The only white man you can trust is a dead white man.

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