Aged Mugabe a danger to Zimbabwe

via Aged Mugabe a danger to Zimbabwe – New Zimbabwe 27/03/2015

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has become a danger to the country because he is too old to think about the future, MDC-Renewal spokesperson Jacob Mafume said Thursday.

Mafume told a Mass Public Opinion Institute discussion in Harare titled ‘Is Zimbabwe sliding back to 2008’ that President Mugabe has become a danger to the country because “he does not care about the future anymore”.

“The tragedy our country is facing is the danger of being led by an old man. There is nothing as dangerous as an old man because he does not think about the future.

“At 91 he has had enough of life hence we need to renew our leadership, our institutions and put in you people who still have a future to care about,” said Mafume.

He said indications on the ground pointed to Zimbabwe sliding into a cycle of poverty worse than what was witnessed during the hyper-inflationary era.

“The industrial hemorrhage we have seen, the loss of jobs, growing repression, violence and massive job losses point to nothing less than an implosion.

“This country needs new characters at the wheel not this group of old people with no clue as to where this country must go,” Mafume said.

Independent economist Godfrey Kanyenze concurred with Mafume arguing that “old people cannot reform”.

“They cannot plan beyond even two years, so we cannot place our future in their hands. The best they can plan is from day to day. They plan for the immediate because they do not know.

“Even our best friends the Chinese cannot lend us money because they do not know what will happen tomorrow. The uncertainty is what has exacerbated the demise of this economy,” said Kanyenze.

Mugabe who turned 91 last month has been in power for over 35 years and his former guerrilla movement Zanu PF has already indicated that he will be the party’s candidate in the 2018 elections at the ripe-old age of 94.


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    wensil 6 years ago

    For once Mafume you talk sense. Mugabe at this age is only concerned about one thing – himself. He has no interest in what happens to the country in say five years time let alone ten years. That’s why there is no 10 or 20 year plan for anything and infact there is not even a plan for next year. There should have been a presidential age limit of say 70 in the new constitution. Mugabe is abusing the presidential office for his own personal gain.

  • comment-avatar is a beautiful country, rich in resources. But political mismanagement has plunged the country into economic catastrophe, turning a once rich country into a desperate one. Robert Mugabe, the nation’s first prime minister, has been the country’s only ruler (as president since 1987) and has dominated the country’s political system since independence. His chaotic land redistribution campaign, which began in 2000, caused an exodus of white farmers, crippled the economy, and ushered in widespread shortages of basic commodities. President of Zimbabwe since 1987, he attained his job after leading bloody guerrilla warfare against the white colonial rulers of what was then Rhodesia. Mugabe leads the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front, a socialist party founded in 1987. Born in 1924, Mugabe quipped in 2005 that he would remain president until he was “a century old.”

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    Nyoni 6 years ago

    In all honesty and any doctor ,mental institution, old age home ,etc etc, will tell you , the bugger is a danger to himself. This grandiose feeling of everlasting life has crept into his brain thus giving the feeling or idea he will live forever. Unfortunately these are symptoms of a sick mind and person. And I am not even an expert in these matters. I rest my case. Thank you.