Mugabe says some ruling party officials plotting against him

2016-12-16 18:52
Robert Mugabe (File: AP)

Robert Mugabe (File: AP)

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Harare - President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe says some ruling party officials have been plotting to oust him.

The 92-year-old Mugabe warned of threats to his long rule during a speech on Friday at the opening of a ruling party conference in the southeast town of Masvingo.

The Zanu-PF party is expected to endorse Mugabe as its candidate for 2018 elections. He has been in power since independence from white minority rule in 1980.

Also read: AS IT HAPPENED: Mugabe addresses Zanu-PF conference

Mugabe says some ruling party members have been punished for opposing his authority, and is warning others to stop using Twitter to criticise each other as a succession battle intensifies.

Opposition groups have organised periodic protests against Mugabe, saying he is too old and accusing him of mismanaging Zimbabwe's weak economy.

Read more on:    zanu-pf  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa
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