Mugabe 'is king and should die in office'
Cape Town - A Zimbabwean chief has declared that veteran leader President Robert Mugabe is a "king who will die ruling the country", Radio VOP reported on Thursday.
According to the report, Chief Musarurwa told a Chiefs Annual Conference in Bulawayo that those who hoped Mugabe could be removed as president were "wasting their time".
"Zimbabwe is ruled by a monarch and President Robert Mugabe is our king. Mugabe is our king who will die ruling Zimbabwe. Those who are saying we should remove him through elections are wasting their time", said Musarurwa.
He added: "Elections and democracy were brought by the white colonialists. As Zimbabwe traditional chiefs, we do not believe in that, but we believe in our monarch, that is why we still support Mugabe, we want him to continue as Zimbabwe leader and not only as Zanu-PF leader".
Mugabe, in power since independence in 1980, has already been endorsed as his party's candidate for a new vote to end the compromise government formed to stem an economic crisis and political meltdown after blood-stained polls in 2008.