Mugabe should consider retirement

HARARE - At a time Zimbabweans are hoping that President Robert Mugabe should be calling time on his long but controversial political career, it seems the nonagenarian still wants to go on until he is 99 years old and even beyond.

Mugabe hinted at that possibility at the weekend when he said, “if” and not “when” he retires, he should be allowed to do so “properly”— as he addressed war collaborators in the capital.

This pronouncement should make sad reading even to his sycophantic loyalists who are now convinced that he cannot pull it off even in the 2018 elections when he will be 94.

If Mugabe goes for elections in 2018 as the Zanu PF candidate, as has been pronounced by the bootlicking party’s provincial leaders across the country, this means he would end his five-year term in 2023 at the age of 99.

That probably explains why he is not so keen to address the succession issue that is threatening to literally decapitate the party and, of course, the country.

But the consequences for Zimbabwe are too ghastly to contemplate given the way he has mismanaged the country’s economy that is now in a battered state.

Mugabe’s continued incumbency is a threat to reform and development and analysts predict that Zimbabwe will remain cocooned in an economic logjam until there is a clear succession plan in Zanu PF.

Zimbabwe is facing a serious economic crisis that has resulted in the closure of companies, with only 700 000 of the 13 million people in formal jobs, while the rest have resorted to informal trading such as vending.

With the current El Nino-induced drought, millions of Zimbabweans are in dire need of food aid, as the economy continues to under-perform with very limited positive trends to ignite a ray of hope in the impoverished citizens.

Investors’ confidence in doing business in the country is probably at its lowest ebb since 2008 while lines of credit are not coming through.

In any case, like one war veteran said in July, who in his or her right senses would lend money to a 92-year-old and hope to recover it?

It is clear that Mugabe’s desire to remain at the helm is entirely a personal agenda as he realises that he has messed up on his succession and does not want to witness his dear Zanu PF party crumble under his watch.

Clearly, the nonagenarian is worried more about the future of his young wife and children hence his desire to hold on until that is secured.Mugabe should consider retirement

Comments (1)

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, vaMugabe please, just go. Muchatonga ani kana isu vanhu vacho mukatiuraya nenzara.

olga - 23 November 2016

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