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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.

Comments
  • Gollum - 2011-12-10 23:02

    Just succumbing to the will of the people via proper election results is seen as cowardice to him and his thugs. Since he won't retire (and the AU won't say a word against him) let's hope he expires sometime soon.

      Walter - 2011-12-11 06:43

      Yes, let's hope the alleged cancer creeps into his brain and he dies an agonising death as repayment for all the pain and suffering he's dealt his people over the years!

      Johan - 2011-12-11 10:12

      EXACTLY. DON'T RETIRE, JUST DIE.

  • Lynn - 2011-12-10 23:05

    This man is living proof that only the good die young.

  • colin.dovey - 2011-12-10 23:24

    Arrogant....racist.....demagogue.......plutocrat.........rabble rouser.......sycophant of the masses.....deceiver.....At least one cannot run out of epithets for this excuse for a human being.......does this "person" WANT Zimbabwe to go down in history as the most failed state in the world?

      Lynn - 2011-12-10 23:30

      Apparently he does.

      jslamdien - 2011-12-11 00:00

      I find it very strange that the world has not, as yet, realised that Mugabe is not human.

  • Tony - 2011-12-10 23:53

    He should just retire ungracefully on his stolen billions he has stashed all over the East. I think the Swiss have already made all the transfers to Hong Kong.

  • Geronimo - 2011-12-10 23:56

    Senile old goat.

  • Raymond - 2011-12-11 01:09

    give me a few million us$ and i will take him out....walk bob you chop and die in the bush like you got your guys to kill your opposition just a short while ago.....yep joshuas guys

      Ian - 2011-12-11 04:53

      cool, can u do fatboy as well

  • Raymond - 2011-12-11 01:12

    a real "stupid movie" is THE INTERPRETER on dstv now but the matre gone bad really rings true

      Yar - 2011-12-11 08:06

      Excuse me Ray, could you please repeat you post in English?

  • Ian - 2011-12-11 04:52

    proof once again that him and his ilk are alien

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-11 05:28

    Hang in u senile old twat.

  • Neeus - 2011-12-11 05:49

    He has supporters in Zim and in South Africa!!!! It is mind boggling that their is support from any other than those that benefit from his oppression.

  • ronel.cousins - 2011-12-11 05:55

    The devil takes care of it's own.....don't thank God for long years

  • Lwazi Lwenkosi - 2011-12-11 06:27

    Lord have mercy! :-(

  • frank.hartry - 2011-12-11 06:29

    The ANC, according to Matashe, will be helping Mugabe and ZANUPF win the presidential and parlimentary elections possibly due next year. Undoubtedly SA taxpayers money will be given to the Mugabe regime in order to achieve this. When he was the president for a few months in 2009, Motlanthe gave the Mugabe regime R300 million of SA taxpayers money at a time when Zimbabwe was financially on its knees. That money has never been accounted for. It simply disappeared. During that very week that Mugabe received the money, his wife, shopaholic graceless Mugabe went to Hongkong with a huge entourage for her beck and call, on a shopping spree. It is believed that she also purchased property in Hongkong during her visit. The ANC like ZANUPF, believe erroneously believe that they alone liberated their respective countries from colonial rule and apartheid, that they alone must rule forever, These two political parties-ANC and ZANUPF, also believe that taxpayers money is for their own respective bank accounts.

      Anthony - 2011-12-11 09:56

      so do what everybody else is doing STOP PAYING TAXES f£$k this government

  • mario.dippenaar - 2011-12-11 06:44

    So brave [s]

  • Ina - 2011-12-11 07:25

    And the ANC has pledged to help him. Show me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are! And with Zim's reputation as one of the worst run countries in the world, who wants to be associated with them? Boggles my mind!

  • Assis - 2011-12-11 08:04

    Well President Mugabe, Nelson Mandela must then be a big coward for stepping down from office. And when you say 'I will not let you down' does that mean you will continue with running agriculture to the ground, strangle chances of further economic growth and wipe-out any supporters of the MDC ? How do you feel about achieving record numbers for Zimbabwe with exports of Zimbabweans ?

  • Mark - 2011-12-11 08:24

    If he does retire he will go to the ICC at The Hague for the atrocities he has committed,

  • munyaradzi.ncube - 2011-12-11 10:09

    Cant some one discover oil in Zim please?

      VaMbozha - 2011-12-11 17:10

      lets just fake an oil discovery..just outside Harare..maybe NATO will act

  • Dean Stewart - 2011-12-11 13:42

    The man is brain dead..

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