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Even Robert Mugabe Thinks It Was Wrong to Kill Cecil the Lion

World  (tags: President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe, Cecil the Lion, "Zimbabweans failed ...." )

- 1406 days ago -
In his first public comments about the lion, President Mugabe said that Zimbabweans had failed in their responsibility to protect Cecil and that they should protect their natural resources from what he called foreign vandals.


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Bernadette Porter (173)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 1:09 am
Thank you for sharing, Rosie!

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 1:23 am
He's partially correct and that's coming from someone who think he and his regime need replacing.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 1:27 am
So, why lift the ban on killing?

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 2:24 am
Ya right! and we all believe Robert Mugabe .... maybe in a fairytale!

Truce Govaarts (11)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 2:53 am
Thank you for sharing, Rosie!

Tanya W (65)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 4:10 am
Thank you Rosie. Why is the ban for killing such wildlife lifted and not made permanent?!

Animae C (509)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 4:17 am
Everything is Mugabe's fault, he lives in a gold palace & eats baby elephants!
His people are starving, hence poaching wildlife to survive!

Mugabe can go.....
stand in front of one of his gold mirrors & contemplate the reflection!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 7:10 am
That filth is so repulsive. Really his mindset is just something else given his despicable track record with both animals+his own people. Sick bastard.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 8:55 am
Mugabe is of course doing this for POLITICAL CAPITAL in his country, blaming the "Foreign Vandals". Blaming them on the one hand, in order to garner popularity with his people,
while taking the "Vandals' " foreign money GLADLY with the other hand!

The thing is, the large amount of money spent on Foreigners' Safaris in Africa, in Zimbabwe for example, to make it "sound good", they say it goes to "conserve" the species being hunted.
But the CATCH is, THERE IS NO TRANSPARENCY as to where the money ACTUALLY GOES.
Much or most of it can really end up in the hands of the UTTERLY CORRUPT ELITE. Not for Conservation, which is mostly badly under-funded.

The "legal" hunting ONLY ENABLES THE POACHERS - as in the case of Cecil.
So, of course, Mugabe is being an utter Hypocrite. But that's par for the course, what else is new?
Kenya is one African country that has BANNED HUNTING by Foreigners and has some Conservation Successes to show.

Mugabe is blaming "FOREIGN Poachers" who are quite safely out of his reach and he doesn't have to go to the trouble of going after them. Probably countries where they live, won't extradite them actually. [The quite legitimate excuse being, the corruption and extremely poor Human Rights Record of Mugabe's govt and court system.]
That way he is trying to DEFLECT attention from his own countries' Poachers, who often HAVE TIES WITH THE CORRUPT ELITE...

pam w (139)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 9:35 am
Mugabe is incredibly CORRUPT and has damaged poor Zimbabwe for years! If he speaks for Cecil....someone has bribed him!

Ben O (128)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 10:23 am
Why should I listen to that corrupted, senile bastard...?

Sara P (52)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 11:01 am
I didn't know that this man was able to think....... :((((

Janet B (0)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 12:22 pm

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 1:21 pm
Noted, thanks.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 1:43 pm
They sure did fail!

Jeannet Bertelink (74)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 1:47 pm
Well, well, well ... thank you

Gustavo Castro Leal (101)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 2:24 pm
Unfortunately from experience, all dictators - although in our case here were children apprentices and purposes were different, were political - have to go at some point the image of "good guys". In fact, think about it, is not the prerogative of only the dictators. The histrionics is a natural gift in a huge part of those dedicated to politics. The only difference with Mugabe is that very few manage to collect the crimes he collects and level of cruelty that he reaches.

Roslyn McBride (26)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 5:06 pm
Robert Mugabe is a mass murderer and a huge hypocrite: he couldn't care less about Cecil the lion, if there hadn't been an outcry over it.

marie T (163)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 5:32 pm
Noted thanks

Walter F (128)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 7:38 pm
Not one good word for Robert ,I certainly cant eulogies that bastard ,rotten to the core. A pox on those who killed Cecil and his brothers for years.

Jennifer Manzi (175)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 10:19 pm
Corrupt. And what Darren said.

Stan B (123)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 11:51 pm
Mugabe is a total moron. I'm sure there are many decent people who are more worth listening to.
Thanks Rosie.

marisol melgarejo (41)
Thursday August 13, 2015, 2:20 am
And take all the money!!,BASTARD!!

M.N. J (18)
Thursday August 13, 2015, 4:12 am
I believe this shows he is feeling the effects of the international outcry. It also shows that he has decided not to go into a defiant posture claiming that we are using Cecil for some nefarious purpose.

So although it is ludicrous hypocrisy coming from an awful man, it is good to hear it.

Ruth C (87)
Thursday August 13, 2015, 5:56 am
He is a big Hypocrite!!

Melania P (123)
Thursday August 13, 2015, 8:12 am
Oh this man!!! Bastard hypocrite!!!

Marija M (25)
Thursday August 13, 2015, 11:19 am
I think Ben is right
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