Robert Mugabe is known for his outspoken, funny, and sometimes ridiculous words and deeds. This time around he might have taken this whole thing too far. The 92-year-old Zimbabwean president showed he is not the one to contend with failure when he ordered for the arrest of Zimbabwe’s Olympic team. During the Olympic games at Rio, Zimbabwe was represented by 31 athletes. The closest any of them came to winning was the 8th position.
Mugabe met with the commissioner general of Zimbabwe police republic, Augustine Chihuri and asked him to arrest and detain the whole Zimbabwean Olympic Team members immediately they arrive the Harare International Airport.
“We have wasted the country’s money on these rats we call athletes. If you are not ready to sacrifice and win even copper or brass medals (referring the 4th and 5th positions) as our neighbors Botswana did, then why do you go to waste our money,” he said.
”If we needed people to just go to Brazil to sing our national anthem and hoist our flag, we would have sent some of the beautiful girls and handsome guys from University of Zimbabwe to represent us.”
He further on went to say it turns out to be a soft loan which had been given to the team. Does this imply that they will have to pay back what the government had spent on them to participate in the games?
“This situation is like an impotent man who is married to five women, what is the essence? I will make sure we share the cost across the board for all of them to pay back to government chest even if it takes 10 years to recoup, now it turns out to be a soft loan we have given them to go and visit Brazil as tourist, they are useless,” he concluded.
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