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Zanu PF Activists Want Mugabe to Stay Put Amid Calls for Him to Go

  • Gibbs Dube

FILE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, left, and Vice Presidentr Emmerson Mnangagwa, at State House press conference, Harare.

FILE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, left, and Vice Presidentr Emmerson Mnangagwa, at State House press conference, Harare.

President Robert Mugabe declared Wednesday that he will remain in power as long as Zimbabweans still have faith in his leadership.

Addressing Zanu PF activists, who attending the ruling party’s so-called million-man-march organized to show support for the president amid serious factionalism in Zanu PF, Mr. Mugabe chided Britain and the West for demanding that he should step down.

Mr. Mugabe, who has been in power for 36 years, clearly stated that he will never relinquish power as long as Zimbabweans vote for him.

He is the party’s sole candidate for the 2018 presidential poll. Mr. Mugabe will be 94 years old at that time, making him the first person in the world to seek election at that age.

What is the impact of his long stay in power? For perspective Studio 7 reached Zanu PF activist, Effort Nkomo, and Dumisani Muleya, Editor of the Zimbabwe Independent.

Nkomo says the president has the backing of the majority of Zimbabweans. “He is the president because the electorate or rather Zanu PF has chosen him as a candidate and he won the elections and until the party says no you have played your part he will stay in that position.”

Reacting to Nkomo’s remarks, Muleya said, “He (Nkomo) has just confirming what we have always known. We have known that he (President Mugabe) has always had ambitions to be president for life. It’s no longer a secret.”

Mr. Mugabe’s presidency has been questioned over the years with claims that his party is always allegedly rigging elections with the help of electoral commissioners. Such claims have been dismissed as baseless.

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