Robert Mugabe (l) and puppet Kim Jong-Il
Zimbabwe ruler Robert Mugabe has a link with the puppet villain in Team America: World Police, judging by his latest remarks.
Mugabe has complained that he is lonely because he is much older than members of his cabinet. There is nobody for him to share memories with about the old days, he has said.
That is because his fellow veterans from the war against white rule in then-Rhodesia have all died. At 89, Mugabe is the oldest national leader in the entire continent of Africa.
Mugabe told the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation in a programme to mark his birthday: "Those who remain, you look down upon them because they are young.
"They have not had the same experience, the same length of life and, therefore, the same advantage of gathering as much knowledge and experience as yourself.
"And so you can't discuss with them things that happened in the 1930s or even 1950s. They will not know. There is that limitation.
"You take my cabinet as it is, there is no one I can talk to about how we used to approach girls or how we would go to this and that place, riding bicycles. There is no one."
His words expressed a similar angst to that of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in the puppet comedy film Team America: World Police by Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
In the 2004 hit movie, Jong-il sings mournfully of how "lonery" life is at the top. He delivers the passage with a speech impediment which sees r's replace l's.
"There's no one, just me only/ Sitting on my little throne, I work very hard/ And make up great plans, but nobody listens/ No one understands/ Seems like no one takes me seriously," he sings.
Meanwhile in Zimbabwe, Mugabe revealed he now sees himself as a teacher to his inner circle and wife - who is barely half his age.
"The consoling part of it is that, well fine, there are young ones and young minds you can talk to.
"You can also try to educate, you can also try to relate a bit of history to and so on and so forth. But they remain young ones who listen much more than they share ideas with you."
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