Mugabe won't retire

2011-12-10 22:37

Bulawayo - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said on Saturday that he has no intention of retiring, saying doing so would be an act of "cowardice."

"Sometimes the call comes [to retire]. It will be wrong, completely wrong when the West is keeping us under sanctions. It would be an act of cowardice, I am not a coward, no matter what the West might say," Mugabe told over 4 000 Zanu-PF supporters as he closed the ruling party's annual conference.

"I am lucky that God has given me longer years than others to be with you. I will not let you down," he added.

Mugabe who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 bemoaned factionalism in his Zanu-PF party, calling on his supporters to unite to win elections next year.

"All the provinces have factions, there is none without factions. I don't want to mention names here,"he said.

Mugabe again called for elections in 2012 saying his current coalition government with his rival Morgan Tsvangirai as prime minister is unworkable.

"That is why we are saying that that this creature [unity government], this inclusive government must now see its death. It must come to an end, and we must dig its grave," Mugabe said.

"Let us now start preparing for elections."

The veteran leader, who will turn 88 next year, thanked his supporters for endorsing him as their candidate for the upcoming election, for which no date has been set.

"I will try my best to continue to work as vigorously as I have done", he assured them.

Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  morgan tsvangirai  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.


24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.