We want Mugabe’s wise leadership – Zim group

2014-06-17 16:38
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe following proceedings during the memorial service for his sister Bridget at state house in Harare. (AP)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe following proceedings during the memorial service for his sister Bridget at state house in Harare. (AP)

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Cape Town – The Zimbabwe Nationals War Collaborators' Association (Ziliwaco) has reportedly asked First Lady Grace Mugabe to encourage President Robert Mugabe to continue serving as leader of the country.

This is despite Mugabe's old age and concerns about his health, as many wonder whether the 90-year-old would be able to complete his current term in office.

According to The Herald, Ziliwaco national chairperson Pupurai Togarepi said his group wanted the country to continue under Mugabe's "wise leadership", adding that most countries wished they could have a president like him.

Togarepi gave South Africa as an example, and said although the neighbouring country was rich, its "indigenous people have nothing".  He said Mugabe had changed the lives of the ordinary people.

This comes as the Mugabe's Zanu-PF party is rocked by divisions as different factions position themselves for the eventual succession of the veteran leader.

Principled leader

Media reports have indicated there are two major camps One faction is linked to Vice President Joice Mujuru and another is reportedly led by Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.

But Togarepi urged those who wanted to lead to be patient as their time would come.

Responding to the group's request, Grace said she had no power to influence her husband to continue leading the country or to leave office.

Grace said it was up to the people of Zimbabwe to chose who they wanted to lead them.

She said Zimbabwe had "a principled leader with a good vision", adding that Mugabe was a straightforward man who had the nation at heart.

Grace said she hoped that when the time came for a new leader to be elected, the chosen candidate would take the country forward.
Read more on:    zanu-pf  |  joyce mujuru  |  grace mugabe  |  emmerson mnangagwa  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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