Mugabe slams leaders who 'stay too long'

Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly slammed some of his Zanu-PF party provincial officials whom he said had over stayed in their positions of leadership and "produced no result".

According to The Scotsman, Mugabe, who celebrated his 90th birthday at Rudhaka stadium in Marondera on Sunday, seemed to have no sense of irony as he accused the leaders of staying too long in their leadership position - even though he has been in power since independence in 1980 and refuses to name a successor.

Mugabe was quoted as saying:  “Those in leadership who have stayed long and have produced no results must now give way and allow other leaders to take over.”

Mugabe also boasted about his 31 July poll victory over Morgan Tsvangirai of the opposition Movement for Democratic (MDC).

According to New Zimbabwe.com, Mugabe said the MDC and Western powers were stunned by his party’s triumph and “they still have no idea what hit them”.

He said the MDC and the West were left baffled.

Mugabe was forced into a government of national unit with Morgan Tsvangirai after the disputed 2008 elections, a development that the veteran leader described as humiliating.

The unity government ended after Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party won a two-thirds majority in last year’s general elections.

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