In a rare event, long-time president of Zimbabwe, President Mugabe, has stated that he will “retire”, although the 91-year-old did not state when.
Regarding all the calls for his step down, President Mugabe stated that when the time comes for him to retire, he would do it properly. Albeit the nonagenarian did not specify what he meant by “properly” neither did he specify what could get him to retire.
President Mugabe made this statement while speaking to a group of people involved in the 1970s war against minority white rule. This group of people also claimed they were being owed by the state.
According to News24, Mugabe told them that he believed he had now “defeated… the British and Americans…” and that he understood times were difficult in Zimbabwe. “We are in a critical time… for regime change.”
What he meant by “regime change” is yet unclear considering Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since the southern African country’s independence from Britain in 1980. Also, he has constantly stated his desire to contest in the 2018 elections, affirming that he plans to rule Zimbabwe until death.
He also confirmed that there were factions in his ZANU-PF, but added that members of both sides will come together ahead of the 2018 polls.
Despite Mugabe’s claim that there are unexplored riches in Zimbabwe, analysts and geologists disagree, saying that time of plenty in Zimbabwe is gone.
“There was a time, some years ago, when Zimbabwe seemed important, that it could be a powerhouse in the region, but that moment has long gone, and now it is hard to find anyone who can forecast how it can repay its debts even with a new leadership, let alone attract foreign investment,” said a Harare-based financial analyst who asked not to be named.
“There are no so-called unexplored minerals. The best opportunities are a few, well-managed small mines, but nothing big.”