Mugabe spirit 'will remain with us'
Cape Town - University of Zimbabwe lecturer and Zanu-PF apologist Vimbai Gukwe Chivaura has declared President Robert Mugabe a "spirit medium" who would never die, News Day reported on Monday.
According to the report, Chivaura said Mugabe was a spirit medium like the country’s historical spirit mediums Mbuya Nehanda and Chaminuka.
"The President is a svikiro [spirit medium] which will never die. He might die physically, but his spirit will remain with us, just like Mbuya Nehanda and Chamunika. We will continue fighting the British and other imperialists using his spirit," said Chivaura.
Chivaura urged Zimbabwe's traditional chiefs to "support this great man because he will always be in us. Many youngsters are now admiring him and they want to be like him".
Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 and his critics say the 88-year-old leader, who is in the twilight of his political career, plans to die in office.
During the Zanu-PF December 2011 annual conference, the party endorsed him as its candidate in the next elections.