#mugabe Still Undecided About His Successor

via RadioVop Zimbabwe – Mugabe Still Undecided About His Successor 21 April 2014

President Mugabe says he has assessed aspirants angling to succeed him and has no preferred candidate as the people will choose their next leader. The President, who was speaking in an interview with Ghanaian-born British film-maker Roy Agyemang for a BBC documentary, “Robert Mugabe @ 90” that was aired on Saturday evening, said people will elect their leader.

Asked if he had any person he favoured to take over from him when he retires, President Mugabe said: “I have people in mind who would want to be. But I have looked at them.

I have not come to any conclusion as to which one, really, should be. I leave it to the choice of people. Perhaps when we get close to the election I will have some in mind.”

President Mugabe reiterated his long-held position that leaders should come from the people.

“It must be leadership that derives from the people, chosen by the people, goes back to the people, listens to the people and is guided by the demands of the people,” he said.

Vice President Joice Mujuru, and Justice Minister and Zanu-PF secretary for legal affairs Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa have been touted as front runners to succeed President Mugabe in various sections of the media.

Earlier this month President Mugabe said neither of the two had an automatic ticket to take over leadership of the ruling party and country, as the people were the ultimate arbiters of who would assume the reins.

Addressing the Gushungo clan at Murombedzi Growth Point, President Mugabe said Presidential aspirants would be elected through the Zanu-PF congress.

President Mugabe said VP Mujuru and Cde Mnangagwa were not the only people who could take over from him as the pool of potential leaders was wide.

In the BBC interview, President Mugabe said Britain – which funded the formation and launch of the MDC in 1999 through the Westminster Foundation in a bid to effect regime change in ZImbabwe – had degenerated over the years.

“What has happened to Britain? They have grown small in mind, small in intellect, that wisdom which the likes of Churchill had, where is it?” he asked.

“You can’t see it at all. You can’t see it in people now with gay habits – shame on them. I pity the one lady I admire, the Queen, that she is in these circumstances. I’m sure down deep she must be groaning (at) the loss of values in Britain. They’ve gone to the dogs. No respect, gone.”

President Mugabe also castigated some indigenous farmers leasing land to white farmers. He said while the number of the culprits doing it was small, the practice still worried Government and it was being dealt with.

The fast-track land reform programme, which triggered the row with Britain that London subsequently internationalised to bring in the wider European Union, the United States and their allies – resulted in some 300 000 black families taking over farms previously owned by 6 000 whites.

However, some of the beneficiaries are leasing land to white former owners.



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    Tjingababili 9 years ago


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    John Thomas 9 years ago

    Shut up Robert Mugabe. We are not interested in your opinions on any subject whatsoever.

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    Roving Eagle 9 years ago

    “It must be leadership that derives from the people, chosen by the people, goes back to the people, listens to the people and is guided by the demands of the people”
    If this is your aspiration then don’t let everybody vote, only responsible people should vote. If everybody votes then have an electoral college like they do in the States, so head count does not equate to automatic victory. You would never consider such as just system because it would complicate stealing elections. You don’t expect the huge uzumba marambapfungwe constituency to give you demands that you should implement and hope to be successful in a global economy. Majority of people are looking for direction from leadership not giving direction to the leadership. Besides if succession is not being debated openly how are the people to choose. mugabe you were just the worst possible curse for Zimbabwe.

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    mujibha 9 years ago

    mugabe usanyepe urikuda kusiira mukwasha wako chigaro. imbwa yemunhu. rufu rwako ndakarumira zuva nezuva. I’m going to throw a very big part. You should know this that 90% of Zimbabweans they r going to celebrate your death.

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    Nyoni 9 years ago

    Are you talking about choosing a successor for Zanu Mugabe. Because you are not the people of Zimbabwe. They will choose their own leader from other parties besides Zanu. So while you prepare yourself to meet your maker think about solving the country’s problems. If you can!

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    Mpranga 9 years ago

    Dr Simba Makoni ndiye anoita to lead Zimbabwe in a peaceful and economic manner. A decent leader ,

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    It must be a leadership that derives from God. may He raise up a man to lead this nation: a man with a heart after His.

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    Ivor Payne 9 years ago

    Mugabe claimed that “the people” had chosen Joice Mujuru when in fact he forced her upon them…and had to change the ZANU PF constitution unlawfully to do so…so expect more of the same for the next members of the ZANU (and thus national) presidium.

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    thembani 9 years ago

    A second stroke will make him decide very soon. tired of succession issues in ZANU and MDC.All these parties are full of sh.t.

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    Buchman-Turner-Overdrive 9 years ago

    A typical gukurahundi dictatorship and a typical gukurahundi party. Yena, when he became the leader of the gukurahundi ZANU PF party, did Ndabaningi Sithole, the lehitimate leader of the party decide that he be the successor?

    How does a whole party give the power to decide on the next leader to just one man? He is he a God of some sort?

    If these gukurahundis can not accept a democratic process of choosing a leader, surely how on earth do Zimbabweans think that such a party and leader can ever accept democracy to decide on the next President of the country?

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    mujibha 9 years ago

    guys sekuru robie vaenda, mamboendawo here paZIMEYE, MUGABE HEALTH SCARE. Dai yanga iri cinema/film iyi ndoinonzi under18. hautarise kaviri. regai grace azvamburwe nanagono mukuru wapera basa, grace akutya kuenda pabonde naye. Achinyanyawo aidanana naasekuru vake baba vababa vake pamusana pekuda mari. Rashiwe akati kufa kurinani panekudana naasekuru vangu..

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      Buchman-Turner-Overdrive 9 years ago

      Please write in English to accomodate Cloured, Asian, Mthwakazi and White Zimbabweans. This is a Zim public platform, not a Shona public platform. We are sick and tired of your Mugabe gukurahundi tendencies of using your Shona on each and every Zimbabwean as if the whole country belongs to Shona people only.

      When will you outgrow you ZANU PF Gukurahundi Upbringing and try at least to be nationally inclusive for once in your life???

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        Chekani 9 years ago

        In other words, rather have an ‘English’ public forum. Is that not the same as up-lifting a total stranger above your own Shona brother/sister-in-law? Most of this hate actually has a tendency of biting you up the ar…e. No one stopped you from writing in your language so, don’t post your drivel if you don’t have anything to say!

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    Do you know I am so sick of this succession issue. Who does Mugabe think he is? Is everyone in ZPF so gormless that thy cannot stand up to a gibbering wreck who has destroyed his nation. Are they all so gormless? Is there not one person in ZPF with an iota of spunk who will tell him to step down so Zimbabwe can go forward. And I won’t comment on the opposition except to ask, “Where the heck are you?”

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    Petal 9 years ago

    Guys who have all fort the famous phrase ZIMBABWE IS MINE icho!!

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    eugene 9 years ago

    Since when has the will of the people ever counted to you.Your last legitimate election was in the early nineties .Y of have been electing yourself with the help of zec and murder but zvichapera chete nourishing chasing a period chinoshura

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    Our living statue does not like, and has never liked, any of these guys anymore. He is after his family interests than the interests of the country and its people. Nyika iri kutongwa from the bedroom naGire. I understand more than 50% of that cabinet were appointed by her. Do not be surprised that whoever they want in that position they will win. Ipapo ndipo pachanakidza nekuti ndipo pachabuda chokwadi chese chekubirira. We are going to witness the biths of ZANU JOYCE, ZANU NGWENA nanaZANU CHOMBO. Chegorero tichaonerera.

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    Johann 9 years ago

    It’s a poor indictment on humanity that we go on about the environment, global warming and all and yet we haven’t the sense to see the insanity of having a gibbering geriatric holding sway over finite real estate of this planet.