Veterans want Mugabe to be president for life

2009-11-24 11:25

Zimbabwe’s veterans of the liberation struggle want President

Robert Mugabe, the 85-year-old nationalist-cum-dictator, to become life

president and to rule Zimbabwe “for ever and ever”, Zimbabwe’s state-controlled

Herald newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Quoting the national vice-president of the Zimbabwe National

Liberation War Veterans Association Joseph Chinotimba, the ex-combatants

declared there was no vacancy in Zimbabwe’s highest office nor was there any at

the helm of the party for as long as Mugabe lived.

Chinotimba, the self-proclaimed ‘Commander of Farm Invasions’ made

these utterances following last week’s endorsement of Mugabe by his party

Zanu-PF as the unchallenged party leader who will represent the ageing political

organisation at the next presidential election.

“As war veterans, we are on the record of saying there is no

vacancy on the post of the president and first secretary of the party. We are

happy that our able and God-given leader Cde Robert Mugabe was overwhelmingly

nominated by all the provinces and we will support him forever and ever,”

Chinotimba told The Herald.

Zanu-PF provinces have nominated Mugabe as president and first

secretary of the party while Joyce Mujuru and John Nkomo landed the posts of

second secretaries and vice presidents of the party.

Zimbabwe’s ambassador to South Africa, Simon Khaya Moyo, is set to

leave his diplomatic post in Pretoria to take up the post as Zanu-PF national


Zanu-PF holds its National Congress after every five years where

the party leadership is restructured. No one in that party has however dared

challenge Mugabe ever since he wrestled power from the late Ndabaningi Sithole

to take control of the party more than 30 years ago.

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