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Mugabe Hits Election Campaign Trail, Meets Zanu PF Youth

  • Gibbs Dube

FILE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe smiles during a youth rally in Marondera about 100 kilometers east of Harare, June, 2, 2017.

President Robert Mugabe is today expected to addresses Zanu PF youth in Matabeleland North as part of his party's recruitment of young people ahead of next year’s local government, parliamentary, senatorial and presidential elections, which he will contest as a 94-year-old candidate.

This is the first time he will speak in public after going to Singapore for the third time this year to seek medical treatment earlier this month.

President Mugabe has already held so-called public meetings with youth in two provinces as most parties hit the campaign trail.

Youth are expected to play a crucial role in the next elections following similar outreach activities being conducted by fragmented opposition parties.

The Zimbabwean leader has been in power since the country attained independence from British rule in 1980.

At 94, he will be the oldest person ever in the world to contest a presidential election.

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