Mugabe to quit after elections - report
Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is reliably understood to be planning to retire after the next election to pave way for his hand-picked successor who will protect his interests and shield him from punishment for human rights violations, the Sunday Times reported on Sunday.
The report said officials close to Mugabe indicated the veteran leader was "scheming to win the next elections and hand over power to a younger leader as part of a strategy to resolve the crisis around his succession and keep Zanu-PF in power".
Mugabe wants elections this year.
The country’s Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, 66, has been earmarked to take over from Mugabe, 88, if he wins the next polls, according to the report.