Mugabe could rule until he is 100

via Mugabe could rule until he is 100, says advisor – Telegraph by Peta Thornycroft 03 Dec 2013

Robert Mugabe, 89, could lead Zanu-PF in elections in 2018, his closest advisor says in rebuff to vice president Joice Mujuru’s hopes to succeed him

In a rebuff to vice president Joice Mujuru, 58, who just hours earlier won enough support in provincial elections to be declared Mr Mugabe’s likely successor if he retires or dies before the next elections, Zimbabweans were told Mr Mugabe, 89, may run for the presidency again in five years’ time.

Didymus Mutasa, presidential affairs minister, who sees Mr Mugabe on a daily basis, said people should control their “wild imaginations”.

Supporters of Mrs Mujuru won positions as chairmen of Zanu-PF in nine out of 10 provinces against justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa’s loyalists, indicating that she will be senior vice president at the party’s elective congress in a year’s time. If Mr Mugabe dies or retires ahead of the next elections she would inherit the presidency.

But Mr Mutasa said Mr Mugabe’s health was good, and that he would be eligible to fight another election in 2018 as the new national constitution limiting presidents to two terms was adopted six months ago, making his victory in the July elections his first term.

Mr Mutasa also said there were no “factions” in Zanu PF and blamed the media for misinterpreting the provincial polls.

“Does the press determine his strength? Is it the press that has taken him this far? If you read in the Bible, there are some people who went beyond 100 years but still ruled. Why can’t it be repeated?” he said.

Eldred Masunungure, senior political scientist at the University of Zimbabwe, said he doubted Mr Mugabe would retire.

“He will, like traditional chiefs, rule until he dies,” he said. “He will only leave State House after he has died.”

He said Mr Mutasa was “trying to subdue wild expectations” following Mrs Mujuru’s resounding victory.

“Mugabe is very good practicing pendulum type of politics, raising this one up, and as they reach the summit, he drops them down.

“So Mutasa was saying via the media to Mugabe, ’don’t worry, this is not against you. We will support you, if necessary, until you die.’”

 

COMMENTS

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    Tjingababili 8 years ago

    HE WILL BE DEAD BY THEN!

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    chilimanzi 8 years ago

    Drama after drama i dont think zimbabweans are worried about that.

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    That is our President for life his Excellency.

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    Khaya'bonina 8 years ago

    Unfortunately president Mugabe doesn’t have advisors , really advisors would tell him to step down , take care of his health and enjoy his pension . What the hell is this , politicians have punished this old man , soon he will be loosing his memorry because of his age .

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    easily fooled 8 years ago

    I personally think its a good idea so as to leave his storic traits complete. The first president to administer inflations exceeding sexatrillion (or whatever) ruled for 100 years after rigging elections 5 times. The first government winning elections by 130% of registered voters excluding diaspora but including the corpses. He led a government that saw professionals resigning from the ministry while attending conferences. Lastly, the 100 year president who daughter got maried to 3 guys at once, a hater of gays whose son revealed that he is also one of them on his fb page

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    Nyoni 8 years ago

    Definitely this man is of Malawi stock.

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      B.Mathe 8 years ago

      LET HIM HE WILL SIGN FOR HIS OWN DEATH PENALTY DUE TO LOSS OF MEMORY.

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    Mthwakazi 8 years ago

    Of course continuing in office as President is the only surest way of keeping out of jail for crimes against humanity; nothing surprsing here.

    I also dont expect the gukurahundi street thug to retire, never. He is following in his uncle Banda’s footsteps!!

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    Ivor Payne 8 years ago

    Bad arithmetic. In 2018 Mugabe will be 94. He can only serve one more five year term, taking him to 99. The constitutional limit on two terms cannot be changed for Mugabe.

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      furedi 8 years ago

      Which constitution? they can amend it to suit their agenda.

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    Parangeta (Ramrod) 8 years ago

    MDC-T and Pesident Tsvangarai will be in so what’s the discussion about. That old fa-t will be in the Hague, with Mnangangwa and crew! Anyway Mugabe isn’t, President – he’s illegal!

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    Tongoona 7 years ago

    Nyoni, if Mugabe is of Malawian stock, he will rule Zimbabwe until he is 100. Hasting Banda the first President of Malawi was 100 when he died on duty. Hasting Banda and Robert Mugabe have two things in common that they are both first Presidents and if Robert is Malawian it is most likely that he will match Hasting’s record that he ruled for 100 years. In any case the 2018 general elections will send Robert and his party Zpf packing.