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Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe gets Party’s Endorsement for 2018 Elections

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Zimbabwe’s ruling party, Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) has endorsed 92-year-old incumbent president, Robert Mugabe as its favourite for the 2018 election.

Th decision was made at a meeting on Saturday, December 17th 2016.

Accorsing to its deputy secretary Eunice Sandi Moyo, “The congress voiced its support to the president and first secretary comrade Robert Mugabe as the sole candidate for the forthcoming 2018 elections.”

Thousands of supporters at the party’s annual conference applauded the endorsement; the party’s youth wing even proposed that Mugabe should rule for life with broad powers.

Supporters were chanting in Shona language “tongai, tongai baba” meaning “rule, rule, father”.

Mugabe has been in power since 1980, when the country gained independence from Britain.

Opposition groups have described such adulation as a sign that the president and his loyalists are out of touch with the desperation of a nation that is suffering massive unemployment, cash shortages and company closures.

Despite the praise, the 92 year old president has acknowledged that some people within the ruling party have wanted him to quit.

“Let us stop fighting each other,” he said, referring to the succession fights that have engulfed his party.

Photo Credit: Diego Azubel-Pool/Getty Images

 

16 Comments

  1. Spunky

    December 18, 2016 at 6:08 am

    “tongai, tongai baba” they should be careful what they wish for. We chanted ” sai Buhari” and we are currently singing a new song. At 92 shouldn’t he retiree and just enjoy peace and serenity?!

    • X

      December 18, 2016 at 7:13 am

      2 different cases tho. Its not even about the age…its the fact that he has been in power for almost 30yrs already and has stated he will not hand over power till he is 100yrs

    • Marlvina

      December 18, 2016 at 11:23 am

      He said he will die in office. Lord forgive me for his statement, but I think it’s about time they start praying for him to die. At 92 yrs, we can say he has lived & seen life. But then again, let God have his way.

    • Marlvina

      December 18, 2016 at 11:25 am

      this**

  2. Ada

    December 18, 2016 at 7:20 am

    No problem. His will contest the election maybe from his grave. This is why the western world will always laugh at us Africans.

    • MOUTH MOUTH

      December 18, 2016 at 7:48 am

      LIKE THE WESTERN WANT YOU WELL. STILL LMOA . U WANT HIM TO GIVE THE PARTY TO SOMEONE WHO WILL SELL EVERYTHING TO THE WHITES BACK RIGHT.

    • olamide

      December 18, 2016 at 8:07 am

      What is “Everything”

  3. Luqman

    December 18, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Greedy man. If you like, spend another 20 yrs again. Death is inevitable

  4. Susie

    December 18, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Haba Uncle Bob! At your age you should have retired and been dispensing advice to the younger generation on how to move Zim forward. How can you still be running for office at 92? Elsewhere, you would be an elderly respected Statesman guiding your nation from a distance. Why must our case always be different o Africa? In other lands even monarchs have become mere figure heads but we have been saddled with leaders who refuse to hand over power. See what is happening in Gambia now! With the exception of Mandela it seems most of our founding fathers really determined to reign forever. The hallmark of a good leader isn’the someone who rules forever but someone who is humble enough to train other people to take over from him. May God help Africa.

  5. misskay

    December 18, 2016 at 10:11 am

    baba needs Abacha’s apple

  6. Suga

    December 18, 2016 at 10:52 am

    You are welcome to Africa!

    • Abk

      December 18, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      No. “You are welcome to Zimbabwe!”
      You cannot use 1 country to generalize a continent with about 50+ countries.

  7. Omoluabi

    December 18, 2016 at 11:25 am

    The Baba is a Mario somebody.

  8. nnenne

    December 18, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Hope when he dies, Zimbabwe will be buried with him! !

  9. xplorenollywood.com

    December 18, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    God forbid! He’s been ruling the country for 36yrs and nothing has changed! OMGosh…

  10. Benson Ossai

    December 19, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    If you die carry Zimbabwe and go with ,continue to rule and be president where ever you are going i mean continue to be presido in the other world.This is just wickedness and greed.30+ yrs of ruling Zimbabweans life still remain same.

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