Mugabe is tired of ruling - report

2012-05-20 14:42

Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe reportedly told a former minister in his government that he wants to retire but fears his party would disintegrate, an independent weekly said on Sunday.

"From what we discussed, Mugabe said he is tired and wants to retire but he cannot do so now because Zanu-PF would die," Enos Nkala, a former minister of defence in Mugabe's late-1980s government, told The Standard newspaper after meeting with the 88-year-old president on Friday.

"He cannot leave when the party is in such a state. What is holding him now is managing and containing Zanu-PF to prevent it from disintegrating," Nkala added.

Mugabe's spokesperson was not immediately available to comment on Nkala's statements.

Nkala, who has been a staunch critic of Mugabe in recent years, met with him privately for an hour in Bulawayo, 430km southwest of the capital Harare, The Standard said.

Delicate issue

Nkala warned that Mugabe's succession remains a delicate issue that if not handled carefully might result in "chaos or civil war".

"It's easy for people to say Mugabe must go, Mugabe must go, but most don't know that he is the glue that has been holding this country together," he said.

Mugabe, who has ruled the southern African country since independence in 1980, has already been endorsed by his party to stand as a candidate in elections expected after the end of a power-sharing government formed in 2009 in the wake of disputed elections.

He and his top rival, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, have been haggling over when new elections can be held. Mugabe wants to exit the power-sharing deal as soon as possible, while Tsvangirai insists key reforms be implemented first.

Mugabe has been at the centre of a swirl of reports that he is in failing health.

Mugabe and his top officials have repeatedly denied that he has prostate cancer following a leaked 2008 US diplomatic cable in which Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono said he had the disease and that it had spread through his body.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-20 14:49

    If it takes only his death for the party to disintegrate, then it's not too sound anyway!

  • koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-20 14:49

    And the Zimbos are tired of you too, Bob.

  • RALEBESE - 2012-05-20 14:51

    Its true that the world is cuming 2 the end in 2012 with Mugabe steping dwn as President that will b a day that i would realy lyk 2 c with my own eyes

  • mfihlakaloyezulu.ncwadiengcwele1 - 2012-05-20 14:52

    Good idea Mr

  • Anthony - 2012-05-20 14:54

    I see, not long to live, good now go and drop dead

  • mfihlakaloyezulu.ncwadiengcwele1 - 2012-05-20 14:56

    Your time is up Mr just leave

  • sonofoldman - 2012-05-20 15:00

    Now that this F****cking idiot has that country to its knees, he wants to run away and to go enjoy his millions which he has stolen from the Zimababwian

      keith.f.murphy - 2012-07-02 17:31

      No he has become a Zombie!!!! thats why he wanna step down mate

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-20 15:06

    We dont need another civil war in Africa.

  • ian.levinson.7 - 2012-05-20 15:08

    what a freaking bobejaan, die already alien

  • mancoba.zitha.5 - 2012-05-20 15:12

    hking bob

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-20 15:18

    Even as Mugabe is so near to the final chapter of his life...he can not let go of the done with are not indispensable Mugabe....he says the country could head for a civil war....I think Zimbabwe will throw the biggest party...and at last will feel free.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-20 15:20

    I think his biggest fear is that there may be some pretty nasty consquences for him if he relinquish's power. He is trying to cling to power till the end, so that he rather dies of natural causes. (He saw what happened to Gadaffi) Surely ZANU can produce better younger leaders, it does not say much when your numero uno is a geriatric insane man, seems depth in leadership is .... a bit shallow. Or non existent? Scary, doesn't bode well for the future of the country.

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-05-20 15:22

    That's no lie. Ur cadres are as useless as you are,

  • Wanda - 2012-05-20 15:23

    Zanu PF is not Zim, Uncle Bob. Wether Zanu PF disintegrate or not. somewhere around the corner there's someone who can lead Zim much better than you. I reckon; you Step aside before you die Uncle Bob, and watch Zim recuperate.

  • Bernard - 2012-05-20 15:24

    Sooner rather than later, just get on with it, you have already stuffed up the entire bloody country.

  • placebo.effect - 2012-05-20 15:27

    I can actually understand this, even though I hate what Zimbabwe has become. I have my doubts on Tsvangari, he is the poster boy for the opposition, he himself is not even an adequate candidate. I've heard from someone I know, who had a lunch with him, that he is extremely uneducated, perhaps illiterate even. He has no formal education. He has been arrested and tortured many times and has received world-wide support, however, he receives little from them because anyone world-leader who has personally met realizes, he is unfit to lead. Sad but true. He is a figurehead not a leader. Until such time that a well educated, coherent leader comes up, perhaps even as a new leader of the MDC, nothing will happen.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-20 15:43

      I must admit I agree with you, Tsvangari does not exactly gush leadership qualities and strength. A really strong guy will be needed to pull Zim out of the abyss, there don't seem to be any of them in that country at the moment. Mad as Bob is, he certainly is a strong personality, pity such a devious one.

      lehlohonolo.mtshali - 2012-05-20 16:18

      My leader I believe you don't need formal education to lead the people, look at Mugabe a very educated Man but has failed to run the country. I mean look at president JZ (Jacob Zuma)

      Simon - 2012-06-05 18:30

      I would agree to disagree with you Placebo. I have been with Morgan for several times but what I tell you is that this man might not be as 'educated' as you would expect him to be, but he is educated enough to lead Zimbabwe forward. National leadership is about understanding your weaknesses in a bid to find people who compliment them. Leaders do not do all things themselves; they scout for people who can get things done and thats PM Morgan Tsvangirai. He may not understand 'GDPs', etc but he sure knows how to get things done. From his hay days as secretary general of the largest workers movement up until the formation of the MDC in 1999, he has been good at motivating people to do stuff. The MDC is a national organisation with strong grassroot structures which he has run since 1999 without getting broke. From my perspective, PM can administer Zimbabwe towards success. JUST ONE MAN'S POINT OF VIEW...

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-05-20 15:29

    its time to retire from stealing, i mean ruling bob! give others a change!

  • Sematla - 2012-05-20 15:30

    Mugabe, you are already in the guinness book of records for breaking too many records. So go thank you.

  • thabo.mulaudzi - 2012-05-20 15:36

    He is a living legend he must jst step down enough

  • Vic - 2012-05-20 15:40

    That's the best thing that could happen to the party... DISINTEGRATE ! Cannot get any worse than it is! Blackouts for up to 17 hours, beer shortage, no jobs, no freedom of speech to name a few.

  • John - 2012-05-20 16:05

    Uncle Bob, please dont die just yet...there are a few guys in the hague who would like a little chat .

      Jacob - 2012-05-20 16:59

      Ka! Ka! Ka! Ka! You little/big genious!

  • dinolloyd - 2012-05-20 16:13

    The key word there is "ruling" as opposed to 'govern' sums it all up.

  • Mnguni - 2012-05-20 16:19

    Shame Uncle Bob' everyone knows that u re tired but I think u should reconcile with ur Deputy Joyce' but be carefully u may end up in the gallow I don't trust women President ' look what had happened in Liberia and Malawi

  • j.c.s.mailbox - 2012-05-20 16:27

    He is concerned that his already fallen party is on the perishable road, but his country had long ago been disintegrate!! So he see himself just a ruler of his party and not the country!!

  • Jacob - 2012-05-20 16:39

    Thats a lie! You guys who say Tsvangirai cannot lead because he's uneducated. Leading does not require an education. If u leadin people who are not mad tribalists yes. South Africans with eleven official languages. Not Zim a one lingo state? Nada!!

  • marnalouw - 2012-05-20 16:43

    Okay bye bye then! No one will miss you...except maybe Malema.

  • victor.davi3 - 2012-05-20 17:05

    President Mugabe want to retire of being the President of Zimbabwe.

  • ignatious.chidzambwa - 2012-05-20 17:51

    His exellency has done his best for Africa as a whole.

      goldwright - 2012-05-20 18:06

      Yes, Mugabe (not his excellency) has done his best to ruin Zimbabwe and the repuatation of Africa. The historical Zimbabwe ruins is a testament of a period a few hundred years ago when that region was flourishing - "modern Zimbabwe" under Mugabe's rule especially the last 12 years has been a shameful fiasco, plunging Zimbabwe into the dark - 9 hour power cuts every day, and that's what Zesa will tell you - more like 15 hour power cuts every day, and sometimes going for days/weeks without power and even water. Yep, POWA to da people - the power of the dark ages.

      Rob - 2012-05-20 18:26

      How often do you visit planet 'Earth' dipswitch. You are however 'technically' correct. MUGABE has added just one more 'country' to the 'barren wasteland' that is Africa. I foresee another civil war in a country that used to be the 'bread basket' of Africa. I am sure that even your pea brain can see that. Oh by the way, your Dad, Robert Gabrial MUGABE wants to know if you are joining him for lunch to-morrow? Yours in the struggle.....

      Jacob - 2012-05-20 18:36

      Dont think like a skunk

      rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-07-02 17:33

      Hey Iggi. The Hospital called to say your brain is ready for collection....

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      Wally Walters - 2012-05-20 18:31

      bob take a dive ; you are long time history

  • Jan - 2012-05-20 18:26

    wot a zot - now he is tired!!!!!!!........normal zot

  • Jacob - 2012-05-20 18:51

    The only country in the whole Earth without a currency of its own. And you imagine you the smartest tribe. Shame-st!

  • Jacob - 2012-05-20 18:51

    The only country in the whole Earth without a currency of its own. And you imagine you the smartest tribe. Shame-st!

  • Anthony - 2012-05-20 19:59

    Childish! the ZANU- PF with or without Mugabe will burst like the Unip in Zambia AND Mpr in Drc, for lack of internal democracy and one man show!

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-05-21 00:39

    Robert wanker Mugabe you should be ashamed of yourself you inherited a nice and functioning country from Ian Smith but three decades later burst sewages,choleras,yphoids,malnutrition, power shortages,currency dissolved,beatings,tortures,arsons,killings,corruption,nepotism,decay infrastructure and food shortages have become the orders of the day. Old wrinkle man you're a f***cken disgraced not only in Zimbabwe but the whole of the peacefully southern region of Africa, Zimbabweans have scattered like flies all over the four corners of this planet because of you mugarbage. and south Africa is carrying a heavy immigration load on it's shoulders because of your dictatorialship ruling.

  • Chaapo - 2012-05-21 04:14

    It's a cross he is carrying at his choosing. He has too many skeletons in his cupboard that is why he wants to die on the throne. No one is forcing him except his own fears. It is not even out of concern for the party but because of his megalomania and paranoia. Combined, this makes for a devastating mindset that he cannot afford to step down.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-21 07:46

    then step down idiot

  • C-go - 2012-05-21 08:05

    It's about time!

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-05-21 08:27

    He is a desease, die already

  • gailcarolynhayes - 2012-05-21 09:50

    RM obviously can't see any longer since the country fell apart a long time ago. I'll believe he is too tired to step down when he drops down dead.

  • greer.nobleballantine - 2012-05-21 10:58

    Most of the world is tired of Mugabe ruling - how imbecilic can one be! Or is he afraid of all the war crimes he's committed against humanity, his own people, and being hauled off the the Hague?! This is more like it!

  • Thami - 2012-05-21 11:52

    LIES LIES LIES. Does the white media not get tired of spreading lies about our President. We love the man

  • Marriette - 2012-05-21 13:39

    The only way for this man to be out of power is if he dies....... he is the devil's right hand man.... or mayb the twin brother..

  • tlou.mathekga - 2012-05-21 13:55

    there has to be more to it...#just sayin#

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  • keith.f.murphy - 2012-07-02 17:30

    I would to know if the Zimbabwians are Zimboes or Zombies? I hope Mugabe is not a Zombie hahahahaha

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