Mugabe turns 93, vowing to rule on in Zimbabwe

Mugabe, who is Africa's third longest serving after Jose Eduardo dos Santos of Angola and Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, is the only head of government Zimbabweans have ever known since the country attained independence from Britain in 1980.

"They want me (Zanu PF) to stand for elections".

It comes after his wife said the 92-year-old president could contest the election even if he is "a corpse". The military, which has its own wing of the party, will designate Mugabe's successor and is likely to choose a candidate with credentials from the liberation struggle, Ruhanya says.

Anti-gay Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe has expressed his admiration for President Trump.

Mugabe said Zimbabwe's future now rested on the informal sector following the closure of industries due to economic crisis that hit the country since the early 2000s.

It is believed a corrupt clique in Zanu (PF) wants Mugabe to remain in power so they continue looting state coffers. "You also have to leave".

He's been in power since 1980 and says he has intention of stepping down.

Another leading candidate is Mugabe's vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Even as he grapples with the factions within his party, Mugabe has many other problems.

"This is especially so given the sound relationship that exists between Zimbabwe and India, especially in the SMEs sector, information communication technologys education and pharmaceutical sector", he said.

Recently members of the opposition Transform Zimbabwe were beaten in Chitungwiza Makoni shops, and their cleaning materials and valuables taken away from them from violent ZANU-PF youths; this was despite the presence of police at the event. We're just now under sanctions imposed not by Donald Trump but by Obama.

  • Arturo Norris