92-year old Mugabe has not said he is quitting Zimbabwe’s presidency any time soon. However he is categorically giving hints on how his successor will come.
President Mugabe makes it crystal clear that the next in line to assume Zimbabwe’s presidency should be democratically elected. He also adds that his wife, Grace Mugabe is not entitled to any kind of “automatic” ticket.
“Where has it ever happened that a wife becomes a successor?”
It is not clear if the incumbent president has anyone in mind per say to become his successor. As much so, he sure knows who and who he does not want to grace the presidential seat after him.
During the celebration of his 92nd birthday, Mugabe threatened to punch a journalist for inquiring whom his successor would be.
“Do you want me to punch you to the floor to realize I am still there? Why ‘successor’ when I am still there?’ Why do you want a successor?” –Mugabe (February)
Going further on, he implied that Zimbabwe’s presidency does not even belong to his politically aggressive wife who will be remembered for saying that her husband, Mugabe if need be will rule from the grave. Funny enough the world renowned dictator all of a sudden has become a fan of democracy.
“Grooming a successor, is it an inheritance? In a democratic party you don’t want leaders appointed that way. They have to be appointed properly by the people. Succession is not part of our culture.”- Mugabe (February)
He sounded a note of warning to the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA). He said they were attacking and accusing the ZANU-PF of manipulating their way into the presidency though his wife, Grace Mugabe. This will not be the only time the President has defended his wife’s activities in politics.
Mugabe called them renegades and in turn accused them of trying to influence Zimbabwe’s presidential successor. He warned that he would crush them for their defiance.
“War veterans must know that it is the politics that leads the gun, not vice versa, as the war veterans are not bosses of the party.”
Zimbabwe’s presidency has always been a constant headline in African politics. As his tenure legally comes to an end in 2018. Zimbabweans desperately look forward to a look awaited change of power. In all we will not be surprised to see Mugabe run again for presidency.