At 93, Africa’s oldest leader looks set to actualize his dream of staying in power for life

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93-years old President of Zimbabwe has sent out clear signals that he will stand in the country’s next Presidential election in 2018, citing that he is still capable of piloting the affairs of the Southern African country, and that he is irreplaceable.

Robert Mugabe has stated that his people wanted him to stand and for as long as he had the capacity to continue,and he will not turn them down.

“Of course if I feel that I can’t do it anymore, I will say so to my party so that they relieve me. But for now, I think I can’t say so.

“They want me to stand for elections, they want me to stand for elections everywhere in the party … The majority of the people feel that there is no replacement, successor who to them is acceptable, as acceptable as I am.”
He told state media ahead of his 93rd birthday on February 21, 2017.

“The people, you know, would want to judge everyone else on the basis of President Mugabe as the criteria.”
He added.

Mugabe is the only leader Zimbabweans ever had since independence. He has been in power since 1980 when the country gained independence from colonial rule, first as Prime minister, and as President since 1987.

He has previously said he wants to live until 100 and rule for life. And just last week his wife said his party will even field his corpse as a candidate it the need arises.
His long reign has been marred by economic crisis which he has repeatedly blamed on western powers plotting to overthrow his regime. The economic crisis triggered a wave of protests last year.

The country late last year introduced bond notes which had the value of the United States dollar as part of efforts to cure a currency crunch, it has done little to assuage many Zimbabweans who fear they will go the way of the Zimbabwe dollar that triggered hyperinflation in 2009.

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Ọlaọha Ezeja is the founder of ezeja and is based in Enugu.
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