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'Mugabe may rule Zim for 10 more years'

2013-01-28 13:35

Cape Town – President Robert Mugabe will be allowed to try and extend his 33-year rule for another decade, according to a new constitution agreed on between his party and its main opponents to pave the way for elections.

A report by Bloomberg on Monday said while the constitution limited the holder of the office to five-year terms, the measure was not retroactive.  

"A person is disqualified for election as president or vice-president if he or she has already held office as President under this constitution for two terms," reads part of a clause in the draft constitution. An official confirmed that this meant that terms served under the existing constitution would be disregarded for the purposes of eligibility for the next election.

The constitution also stipulates that the position of prime minister, currently held Movement for Democratic Change's Morgan Tsvangirai would be abolished.

Mugabe who turns 89 next month has already been endorsed as Zanu-PF's candidate in the forthcoming harmonised elections.

Mugabe and Tsvangirai have ruled Zimbabwe in a coalition government since 2009 when the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) compelled the leaders to form a government together to end a decade-long political dispute and economic recession.

Comments
  • delish7564 - 2013-01-28 13:49

    WTF? What a surprise, Not, nor the fact that Morgan Tsvangirai's position will no longer exist. Mugabe has been trying to get rid of him for ages...not good for the country at all!!!

      fussed.anderson - 2013-01-28 14:30

      Zuma's Nkandla home will be referred to as Mugabe retirement home

      BatRMan959 - 2013-01-28 15:33

      I can't see why he wouldn't wanna retire, and just enjoy a free life of shopping, travelling... Oh.. I forget.. He already lives that life, He has Morgan to do official business.. LMAO

      RedForman101 - 2013-01-28 18:50

      He is doing this to escape a prison term, at least we know he will not live to 99.

  • jannie.beirowski - 2013-01-28 13:51

    This sounds so familiar - changing the constitution to the needs of the greedy rulers of the country!Where did I hear this before?

      stan.luthuli - 2013-01-28 15:31

      pre 94 perhaps? Oh wait... you didn't have a constitution back then

      iNJBL - 2013-01-28 15:46

      @stan lol that's cold dude

  • leonard.menge - 2013-01-28 13:54

    Yes he may rule another 10 more years in hell with his pals el Qaddafi, amin, Saddam, Kim , plus chavez he will be joing the club soon. Lol

  • bob.slap.12 - 2013-01-28 14:00

    Tsvangirai is a sellout to chieff dickhead in zim

      Bob - 2013-01-28 14:02

      In what way?

      bob.slap.12 - 2013-01-28 14:23

      try reading the article it may help you according to a new constitution agreed on between his party and its main opponents

      JManAtheoi - 2013-01-28 16:14

      Tsvangirai hopes to win the elections....which I think he will (if everything is done legally...ok maybe not) and if not, then (a) the Constitution is useless anyway - since Bob never does anything right - and (b) the people of Zimbabwe who still voted for Bob don't even have half a brain.

      roi.boss1 - 2013-01-28 18:33

      I wish you would go to Harare and say that lol

  • earle.francis.9 - 2013-01-28 14:04

    So! is this when jesus will return?, calculated by imbeciles who used stones to count!

  • ayanda.d.sokhela - 2013-01-28 14:06

    At 89 already... Maybe he'll rule in the next world.

  • Bob - 2013-01-28 14:06

    Meh. Watch the pathetic, push-over citizens let themselves be beaten into voting for Zanu PF for those 2 extra terms.

  • velile.moses.16 - 2013-01-28 14:07

    Give that man bells but put poison inside

      Brandon Cook - 2013-01-28 18:35

      bells no ways boet give him a papsak

  • gkleingeld - 2013-01-28 14:14

    Zuma/ Mugabe, they are one and the same.

  • mpho.kwababa - 2013-01-28 14:15

    thats just greed!

  • june.corlett - 2013-01-28 14:29

    One bullet is all it takes.

      malfazema - 2013-01-28 19:21

      Bring it on and c if yu cn win bro hamba uyolala u tokin nonsense ndibaba vedu ava wanzwa

  • Russell Craig Mayhew - 2013-01-28 14:33

    will he never give up. if it wasn't for him i would have never left and still be staying there today.

  • precious.yumyum - 2013-01-28 14:35

    Assuming that he won't be dead then.

  • simphiwe.mzimela.96 - 2013-01-28 15:28

    MDC have failed people of Zimbabwe

  • may.bee.988 - 2013-01-28 15:35

    If there is a hell on earth it must be for the people of Zimbawe!! Uncle BOB is a senile old fool!!

  • lerato.monareng.9 - 2013-01-28 15:57

    Seriously confused by what is happening in Zim. Maybe i am dumb but this doesn't make sense.

  • tommo.too - 2013-01-28 15:58

    Mugs Mugabe doesn't rule Zimbabwe. He destroys Zimbabwe, and he will continue to do so for another 10 years...

  • edwardsch - 2013-01-28 16:03

    I no longer feel sorry for them. They get the government that they deserve. If they are too useless to boot him out, then they must accept what he is. I for one, will not go anywhere near the country. Call to Zuma. Stop all funding to this despot and let him stew!!!!!!!!!!

  • mike.bester1 - 2013-01-28 16:30

    In 10 years’ time ,there won’t be anything left to rule ,suppose he will blame it on British again !

      oneconcernedude - 2013-01-29 11:13

      In "ten year's time" there won't be anything OF HIM left to rule whatever is left of Zimbobswee (unless, as Simon suggests, they STUFF and MOUNT his rotting corpse)... Maybe, with a little modicum of good fortune for the world in general and Africa in particular, there would be a few other DESPOTS whom I can think of (.... ....) who will have joined Madbob and the demons in that "SPECIAL" place in hell!

  • mike.bester1 - 2013-01-28 16:36

    In 10 years’ time ,there won’t be anything left to rule ,suppose he will blame it on British again ,!

  • jwdupreez - 2013-01-28 17:53

    More likely to 'ruin" Zimbobwe for 10 more years.............

  • tshaba.tjemolane - 2013-01-28 18:46

    Oh no, not for ten more years please!!! So he'll be 99 years old when he leaves office?!

  • heinrich.nel.35 - 2013-01-29 14:01

    10 Years?? My money is on another 50, hell, make it a century just for the fun of it. . .I really would like to know his anti-ageing secrets!! Curious case of Bobby Mugabe?

      lainkie - 2013-02-05 00:36

      Me too, how the hell does he survive cancer and still look like that?? Look at Mandela now that is normal ageing. But Bob just goes on and on and look at his crissies not a grey in them. How does he do it!!!

      joe.makhuba - 2013-02-10 11:15

      Dat's all shibt. Dese ppl haven't suffered enough. Dat ruined halfwy xal be be ruined 2 de feets

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