Mugabe to quit after elections - report

2012-01-30 09:36

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.


  • jaz82 - 2012-01-30 09:47

    no wonder it is overcast in CPT, good riddance!

      Gideon - 2012-01-30 11:16

      Did you know that Emmerson Mnangagwa said that if someone does not die in military training, he has not done a good job? Do you really think that the defense minister is a good successor?

      Boer - 2012-01-30 17:56

      Die already you scheming fossil.

      Francois - 2012-01-30 20:42

      Emmerson will be worse - he was directly responsible for the Matable land slaughtering. He and Bob will protect one another - Mbeki and Zuma speak out, speak out for human rights, speak out for self determination, speak out to the AU - we will have a blood bath is Zim and the blood will be dripping from your hands (plus the millions of Aids victims' blood that is already dripping from yours Mbeki)!

      chaapo.sithole - 2012-11-22 01:19

      If you believe that about Mugabe, then one would be the most gullible fool. What promises has he kept except that of unleashing terror on the opposition and commercial farmers? This one, who regards Zimbabwe as his fiefdom (my Zimbabwe as he constantly calls the country), will not go anywhere but they are are throwing this bait for fools to believe a vote for ZANU PF will bring a change in leadership at last. Well, some of us will not be fooled by the gimmickry.

  • John - 2012-01-30 09:48

    One stupid old fool after another.

      baloyi.leonard - 2012-01-30 11:40

      lets not judge the new dude, mayb he has something for Zimbabwe

      J-Man - 2012-01-30 12:09

      Yup. He will just be Mugabe's Puppet on a string.

      Hans - 2012-01-30 13:00

      @baloyi.leonard - Do you seriously think that he will hand pick a successor who will go against his principles?He will choose someone who will protect him from any trial.The successor will be a younger mugabe

      Burton - 2012-01-30 14:25

      Just from reports I heard from mates in Zim, this guy will be worse than Mugabe.... So baloyi.leonard unless you know something they don't, let us all know

      Hugh - 2012-01-30 14:27

      Actually I think Mugabe was his puppet.

      Scouter - 2012-01-30 21:56

      Mnangagwa is a bad bastard, trust me on this one. Whereas Bob never personally got his hands dirty(got others to do it for him) this one enjoys inflicting pain & hardship on others.

  • Anthony - 2012-01-30 09:49

    Don't ever trust a dictator !!!!!

  • Jo - 2012-01-30 09:59

    Interesting that it is possible for a human rights violater to plan his retirement with stolen money. What a world, I hope they will make him appear in Den Hague before the ICC.

  • Ray - 2012-01-30 10:01

    Even worse than mugabe and twice as evil.

  • march54 - 2012-01-30 10:02

    Heard this many times. He must retire before next elections, he must be held accountable for human rights violations and robbing the country of its promised freedom.

  • Jayne - 2012-01-30 10:04

    If you believe this, you will believe anything!!!!

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-30 10:12

    The headline should read "Mugabe dies before election- could not elect successor of choice", Sadly "onkryd vergaan nie" so probably ont read like that

  • Carolyn - 2012-01-30 10:13

    What a load of rubbish that whole set up is lies lies and more lies. People act like sheep sometimes (some get beaten into voting that way) it's sad to see a country slowly fall apart due to greed!

  • braamc - 2012-01-30 10:15

    Hope you retire in hell

  • Breinlekkasie - 2012-01-30 10:22

    It is about time. I thought this guy is also going for the "dictator longest in power" award.

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-01-30 10:24

    He really should just die already.

      Berthram Bowles - 2012-01-30 11:43

      Not just stealing money, but oxygen too!

  • Thunukenenxeba - 2012-01-30 10:28

    He said it long time ago, i qoute " I will resign as a president if Orlando Pirates can win the league (PSL)" unqoute. it is long overdue, he was supposed to quit last year.

  • Grace - 2012-01-30 10:53

    Problem being that he has had years and years to "groom" his henchmen and minions

  • Ian - 2012-01-30 11:12

    So another DIKGATTE will replace this DIKGATTE, more starvation more unemployment more nothing for the pepulllllll

      Gideon - 2012-01-30 11:21

      Ian, have you ever been to Zim? Regardless of the political problems in the country, the economy is slowly making a come back. Companies are making millions of profits and that in USD. If there were any time to grab an opportunity in Zim, it is now.

  • Berthram Bowles - 2012-01-30 11:14

    I hope "reliable", as News24 states, is reliable as we know it. But judging from the past couple of articles and reports, I fear we may be in for another (expected) surprise...

  • Ruth - 2012-01-30 11:24

    Ha ha ha he will rule from the Grave, they will call upon their ancestors remember

  • Sandy - 2012-01-30 11:46

    Scheming to win next elections, you don't know what is fair elections,Bob you twit ,step down now before you stuff up another year

  • Wilbert - 2012-01-30 11:53

    Mugabe has remained relevant and now his would be successor only because Tsvangirai has turned out to be such a dumb squid! Zimbabweans chose Tsvangirai out of desperation and we are now stuck with him. It pays in the end to get the best is the beginning. In the case of Tsvangirai; this rings true and loud!

      Japana - 2012-01-31 16:05

      Have u ever asked yourself, why millions of Zimbos chose Morgan out of millions of available Zimbos? He is the only brave man in Zim at the moment. What we need at the moment is bravery, Bob already proved he is intelligent and look where Zim is at the moment. 30 years of his dictatorship, yet the not so stupid like Tsvangirayi couldnt step up to face him. Stop insulting the people's president.

  • Elkieta - 2012-01-30 11:55

    Why not quit now..Just die....

  • Liezl-ann - 2012-01-30 11:59

    Seeing is believing!

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-01-30 12:01

    They said this last year too. WHOA...dejavu...

  • Bokfan - 2012-01-30 12:04

    Oh Lord Its "Son of Mugabe - Dynasty of the Demons."

  • Sechaba - 2012-01-30 12:06

    the younger leader???? i thought possibly someone in his late 30s to early 40s not 66

      Kelvin Mazanza - 2012-01-30 12:41

      Oh please Sechaba, dnt use this platform to parade ur ignorance. Zimbabwe is not a stokvel ryt, its a nation, some1 who is 30 is nt mature enough to run a nation even with gud advisers. So pliz dnt jus bluf.

  • Frank - 2012-01-30 12:26

    Promises promises

  • Mash - 2012-01-30 12:33

    I thought a younger leader is someone really still young,bt a 66 year old,another fossil ruling zimbabwe.Why zanu-pf mugabe wants elections without MDC having a say.This means they must just participate so that mugabe wins.I m so surprised how coward is the people from zim,they dont want to fight to liberate their country from mugabe,bcos they will be killed.Any country to be liberated there should be lives sacrified eg syria,africa etc,zimbabwens must die for their country and stop competing to swim with crocodiles in limpopo river when crossing to SA.

      ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-01-30 16:06

      66 old enough to be from the old mugabe school and still plenty of years onwards to f@ck up a country even further than already is.

  • Francis - 2012-01-30 13:07

    Mugabe cant dare leave office while alive he already said this when challenging Hon.Tsvangarai.Am sure he can overtly promise that and turn sturbone after that chance lands on him again.

  • Jannah - 2012-01-30 13:43

    The military has been in control for a long time anyway, Mugabe is just its face. Absolutely nothing will change if he resigns or quits ... the problem is that anybody who is part of ZANU shares the same ideas as Mugabe does, and if they had balked against his policies and ways of doing things, trust me, they would not be around anymore. So, it's not really a comforting thought to think that a younger, more energetic and stronger man who shares Mugabe's views will be Zim's next President. The country will not get better until (if ever) ZANU's reign of terror is ended.

  • Ann - 2012-01-30 14:47

    Very cunning indeed. However even the best laid plans sometimes go awry ... Let's hope this one does too. He has a great deal to answer for and should not get off the hook this easily.

  • Michelle - 2012-01-30 15:47

    yeah right! Mugabe has been resigning for years - he isnt going anywhere unless its in a pine box!

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-01-30 16:03

    According to previous report mr M's health was not of the best. What would happen if olde nick came to fetch him before the ballot papers where printed? Then his plan A will not work. Hope Tsvangirai has something up his sleeve lined up.

  • Comrademayete - 2012-01-30 20:45

    The North Korean trained,ruthless intelligence chief Comrade Emmerson Mnangagwa is 10times more dangerous than BOB, basop....

  • Scouter - 2012-01-30 22:01

    Mnangagwa is a bad bastard, trust me on this one. Whereas Bob never personally got his hands dirty(got others to do it for him) this one enjoys inflicting pain & hardship on others. Pure evil.

  • Perfume5 - 2012-01-31 12:11

    From one wicked ruler to another!!!!

  • Dennis - 2012-01-31 23:58

    Emmerson....just do some research on him!!! The bottom line is any person that Mugabe hand chooses will the same or much worse than himself. It's all about avoiding justice and keeping what they have. Like always in Africa it's not about what you can or should do for your country, but lining our own pocket and stuff the rest.

  • curtiswelliem - 2012-04-10 05:08

    Isn't this guy, the same guy who orcherstrated the death of the Matebele land (ndebele people) in the ethnic genocide. How can he step down when he knows he will be prosecuted. Its another dictator

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