Just when Zimbabweans thought the elderly leader was gradually making peace with the idea of stepping down, ZANU PF publicly declares their endorsement of Mugabe for a re-election in 2018.
Mugabe has made history as the world’s oldest president. Perhaps he still wants to stretch the feat by hitting age 100 on the presidential throne.
One minute the 92-year old head of state insinuates that his retirement, which is long over due, is by the corner; next he is contradicting the notion.
“Long-term incumbent President Robert Mugabe announced that he would run for another term in 2018, and was adopted as the ZANU-PF candidate despite the fact that he will be 94 at the time of the elections”. -Wikipedia.
Mugabe clearly was not joking when he says he can only be ousted from office by God.
“Only God who appointed me will remove me.”
It is not a strange thought that the leader intends to be a life-long president for Zimbabweans whether he has their mandate or not. Mugabe had earlier said that retiring was a welcome development and for him. He said he would do so if the party wants him to.
Mugabe has ruled the Southern African country since the 80’s, and pundits and critics have argued that having him still as president against the wish of the people is not doing the country any good at the moment.
From the economic point of view, Zimbabwe is in tatters – failing currency and shortage of cash. The nation also battles one of the worst droughts in history.
Contradicting the words of the president, who suggested that when it was time he would “retire properly”, the ruling party has once again projected him as their presidential candidate come 2018.
According to Ignatius Chombo, the party’s secretary general Mugabe will be endorsed as ZANU PF’S 2018 candidate at the party’s annual conference this week. Chombo says Mugabe’s leadership has been decorated by “wisdom and unity”.