from MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe Bureau Chief
HARARE, (CAJ News) – BELEAGUERED and nonagenarian Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says he would not quit power as long as British and Americans were still after causing regime change in his country.
Despite his controversial economic policies that ruined the once breadbasket of Africa, as Zimbabwe was known for, Mugabe, 92, says he would not pass on the baton stick to his new successor now.
Millions of Zimbabweans have fled the country due to his controversial economic policies that scared away foreign investors with South Africa bearing the brunt of hosting an estimated three million Zimbabweans escaping Mugabe’s inflicted abject poverty.
Addressing a faction of war veterans in Harare over weekend, Mugabe said was not going anywhere as long the Americans and British were still pushing for his removal under the pretext of regime change agenda.
“We (Zimbabweans) are in a critical time of regime change being orchestrated by Americans and British….so, for us to allow them effect the regime change in the country that we suffered and sweated for, never, I will not go,” said Mugabe in his Shona vernacular language.
He added: “If I’m to retire, please, allow me to retire properly without any regime change also being intensified from within by the likes of Joice Mujuru of Zimbabwe People First now using witchcraft……this is not right.”
He pretended as if he does not know millions of Zimbabweans scattered across the world were sick and tired of his clinging to power, Mugabe said if he ruled the country wrongly, let anyone from his nation speak.
“If I have ruined the country, please tell me, I will definitely go. I know some of you are lining yourselves up for succession wishing me dead……but why would I die? Some ask questions, where did this old man (nonagenarian) got his magic for long life? Life comes from God,” said Mugabe.
He claimed he was always there for the ideals of liberation that sought to transform each and every Zimbabwean’s life for better.
While all neingbouring countries for Zimbabwe comprising Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia have all changed so many presidents, Mugabe does not wish to pass on the baton stick to any of his deputy presidents sooner.
It is reported his wife Grace Mugabe would like to become deputy president so that when her husband quits she takes-over the reigns.
– CAJ News