by Crimson Tazvinzwa//U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: “When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out,
“Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!”
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi; The Late & Former Libyan Leader
Gaddafi likened elements of the uprising and ordinary people engaging in demonstrations against him “COCKROACHES” that would be “turned to chaff.” or “burned to ashes”.
Shaking his forefinger at the camera, he said he would defy America, superpowers, “men with turbans and long beards” and anyone else who tried to end his revolution.
In an interview in March that year, Gaddafi insisted: ” All my people are with me, they love me all. They will die to protect me, my people.”
But later in the month, as his forces appeared to be pushing the rebels back to their Benghazi stronghold, he made a chilling radio address to the people of the city, telling them: “We are coming tonight. There won’t be any mercy.”
Using the word “zenga”, meaning neighbourhood, Gaddafi had said his men would hunt opponents down right into their homes.
He said: “We will come zenga by zenga, house by house, room by room. We will find you in your closets.”
There was a more conciliatory tone in April, when, with the Nato bombing campaign well under way, Gaddafi made a widely-discredited truce offer to Libyan rebels, telling them: “We cannot fight each other. We are one family.”
In August, after being forced from his Tripoli compound, the dictator pledged “martyrdom or victory”, saying the move was a “tactical withdrawal”.
But Gaddafi had not finished. “If Libya goes up in flames, who will be able to govern it? Let it burn,” he declared from an undisclosed location last month.
“We will fight in every valley, in every street, in every oasis, and every town,” he said. “We won’t surrender again; we are not women; we will keep fighting,”
A week later he announced: “Gaddafi won’t leave the land of his ancestors. We are ready to start the fight in Tripoli and everywhere else, and rise up against them.”
He said of the rebel forces: “All of these germs, rats and scumbags, they are not Libyans, ask anyone.”
Still convinced of final victory, Gaddafi said: “The Libyan people are marching in their millions, in the streets and in the cities”
“The youths are now ready to escalate the resistance against the rats in Tripoli and to finish off the mercenaries. We will defeat Nato … Nato is rejected by the Libyan people.”
The toppled dictator’s voice was said to have been played on a loop on loudspeakers in the town of Bani Walid.
“This is zero hour,” he said. “Those who don’t fight will go to hell.”
United States of America President, Donald Trump
The attack on former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman is a marked step-up after days of vicious attacks ahead of the release of her book.
That book, named Unhinged, includes a whole range of explosive allegations including suggestions that there are recordings of the president using the n-word during recordings of The Apprentice. Ms Manigault Newman came to fame as a contestant on that show, before the president invited her to work in the White House.
“When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out,” Mr Trump wrote in his latest post. “Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!”
Zimbabwe’s then President Robert Mugabe remark on journalists
Indeed, when we ourselves, individually and collectively, betray our own principles, we cannot proclaim ourselves as champions of human rights wherever they are violated. The principle of democracy must be a pervading one as much for the Commonwealth as for its every member.
“He has lived under a corrupt government, in a country that has been widely criticized by many nations for its oppressive regime,” Giles said. “Under these conditions he founded an independent paper, and kept it printing in the face of the strongest political opposition.”
Nyarota’s paper has had numerous conflicts with President Robert Mugabe’s government since its launch in 1999.
Nyarota launched the Daily News in 1999, with the goal of focusing on serious investigative journalism in a country where all the other media outlets were controlled by the government, he says.
Within a year, the Daily News was the most widely-read paper in the country, with a circulation of 100,000. The Herald, the government’s largest paper, saw a drop in circulation from 150,000 to 70,000.
During his tenure at the Daily News, Nyarota was arrested and taken into custody six times, he says, while running stories about human right abuses and corruption.
He received numerous death threats, he says, but he also won an award from Committee to Protect Journalists for his “courage to speak in a silence lands.”
In 2000, the Daily News’ headquarters were bombed, and in 2001, its printing press was bombed. For the past two years the paper was only able to print 70,000 copies a day.
In 1989, he was editor of the state-owned Bulawayo Chronicle. The paper built a reputation for aggressive investigations into corruption at all levels of government, and Nyarota became “something of a hero”. In the “Willowgate” investigation, Nyarota and deputy editor Davison Maruziva reported that ministers and officials from the government of President Robert Mugabe had been given early access to buy foreign cars at an assembly plant in Willowvale, an industrial suburb of Harare. In some cases, the cars were bought wholesale and resold at a 200% profit. The newspaper published documents from the plant to prove its case, including identification numbers from the vehicles.
“The government feels cornered, unpopular and relies on the true force of violence,” Nyarota says.
Mugabe said of Nyarota at the time: “Who is ‘little’ Nyarota? Who is he?” while describing Geoff Nyarota’s investigative journalism work as “over zealousness”. He once called the then Zimbabwe African People’s Unon (ZAPU) leader – Joshua Nkomo, a “snake that had taken over the chicken run.”