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Robert Mugabe speech to the nation of Zimbabwe, 4 March 1980

Posted in ALL BLOG POSTS, random bits by adamwelz on June 4, 2009

Hi All

found this little 8-sided, A5-sized  pamphlet of Robert Mugabe’s first speech to the nation of Zimbabwe in a second-hand shop somewhere in Cape Town, I think in Kalk Bay, some time ago. It’s printed on very poor-quality paper, and seems to have been destined for circulation in the USA (see inside front page). The speech was given before he was sworn in as Prime Minister, and before the formal Independence of Zimbabwe. It seems to be his first formal speech to the nation as a whole, give that it’s published as ‘For the record No.1’.

I thought I’d put it up here for interest’s sake, seeing as the Old Man is still there almost 30 years on. It’s quite remarkable to see how some of his views have changed in that time (!)

Here is the cover:

mugabe cover copy

and the inside front cover:

mugabe inside front copy

the first page of the speech itself:

mugabe 1 copy

the second page of the speech:

mugabe 2 copy

and the third, and final, page of the speech:

mugabe 3 copy

The remaining three pages in the pamphlet were blank.

I know this is not the sort of stuff that usually appears on this blog, but I thought it worth putting up here.



Note, 28 Sep 2009: I’ve just discovered this copy of this speech on the Web Archive — it seems to have been deleted from the Zimbabwean government’s website, possibly because it so obviously contradicts Mugabe’s current views and actions.


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  1. adamwelz said, on June 5, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Here’s a link to a longer speech shortly after:

  2. TomH said, on July 27, 2009 at 3:07 am

    Wow. His country is in a real sad state of affairs – thanks much to him as wayward leadership. Hopefully his new co-president/arch rival will bring some positive balance back to that country.

  3. sanele moyo said, on October 24, 2009 at 8:22 am

    for your own info, govt does not have a functional web site. it was never deleted. such things only exist as a figment of your imagination.

  4. Afinite said, on November 2, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    y’all need to revisit history – and not that mass produced spoonfed kak but do some real digging.

  5. kevinnyashadzashe mvundura said, on July 29, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    ther is no any other way of proving as a hero than what this man has done zimbabwe ,africa and the whole world shall miss this calibre that iam so sure that comes ones in the in a century

    i love you old man i wish you will never die

    kevin nyashadzashe mvundura wasaChin’onzo

  6. Norman Masamvi said, on October 25, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Thanks for sharing this insightful “collection” of words. The thing that stands out for me is that Mugabe has lived up to his desire for the people of Zimbabwe to have a “single loyalty”. Who would have thought his final words in this speech were actually to be his lifetime vision for our country.
    Interesting to also note that he guaranteed us our rights as stated in the Lancaster House agreement ….. he surely took them away soon as that agreement was out of the way. In a sense the man told us what he was going to do ….. we just never paid attention.

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