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Mugabe drags feet on retirement… says I am still president and commander in chief

by Kelvin Chiringa

The dream by Zimbabweans to have long-serving 93-year-old- president, Robert Mugabe give up power, has once more eluded them as he has refused to say anything about retiring in his televised speech last night.

Following rife speculation that Mugabe would deliver his last good-bye speech on live broadcast last night, he however suggested that due process in which he will occupy the centre will commence to bring back normalcy in the country. 

"Tody meeting with the command element has underscored the need for us to collectively start processes that will return our nation to normalcy so all our people can go about their business,” said Mugabe in a deep tone of defiance.


The 93-year-old president appeared very relaxed as he greeted army generals in preparation for his speech which touched on recent events that have rocked his ruling party and the nation at large.

“Whatever the pros and and cons of the way they (the army) went about registering those concerns, I as the president of Zimbabwe and as their commander in chief, do acknowledge the issues they have brought my attention to, and do believe that these were raised in the spirit of honesty and out of a deep patriotic concern for the stability of our nation and for the welfare of our people,” he said. 

Mugabe said he is aware of a range of concerns which came from the Zimbabweans and that he is ready to have issues resolved at an extra-ordinary congress to be held this coming December. 

He called for the prevailing of law and order and for the resolving of differences “with dignity, discipline and restraint.”

He said actions by the army which have been interpreted in certain circles as a coup had not threatened the constitution, nor were they a challenge to him as head of state and government.

He added that he was unfazed by the seizure of power by the army saying that they were “a mere few incidences that happened here and there”.

After fumbling with his speech-papers and getting lost in the process, the president thanked his nation while complaining that the speech was too long for him.

However, Mugabe was fired this past weekend by his party’s Central Committee in a unanimous decision that also saw his wife and trusted inner circle sacked. 

Meanwhile, parliament braces up to impeach him this week after eight out of 10 provinces of Zimbabwe also gave their vote of no confidence.

Zimbabweans will continue holding on to their breath as the political events unravel between party, army generals and their leader.