I'm on my way out, Mugabe tells children

2016-06-21 11:34
Robert Mugabe. (Jekesai Njiklzana, AFP)

Robert Mugabe. (Jekesai Njiklzana, AFP)

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Harare – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly told thousands of children gathered for the commemoration of the Day of the African Child that he is on "his way out", and that he hoped his successor would be better than him. 

According to The Standard, Mugabe, 92, told the children that he hoped that those who came after him would be "courageous" and "bold".

Mugabe is Africa's oldest leader and has been in power since independence from Britain in 1980. 

In recent months, the nonagenarian has described the person to take over from him as someone who must be "people oriented" and ready to defend the country from neo-colonialism. 

However, he refused to be drawn into naming his preferred successor.

Freedom fighters 

The veteran leader said that his successor should be chosen democratically.

Reports, however, indicated that his Zanu-PF party was riddled with fissures, as party leaders positioned themselves to take over when he left office.

Among the possible names in the battle to take over are his wife Grace, 50, and his two vice presidents, Phelekezela Mphoko and Emmerson Mnangagwa. 

A group of Young Turks, known as Generation 40 (G40), is pushing for Grace to be the next deputy president, thus, positioning her to eventually succeed the ailing president.

However, the country's war veterans remained vocal about their unyielding support to vice president Mnangagwa.

The former freedom fighters claimed that Mnangagwa was the next in line to take over the presidency.

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