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Mugabe says no vacancy at Zimbabwe's state house
Nyathi, Africa Review
July 12, 2013
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First Lady, Grace Mugabe has vowed that President Robert Mugabe
will not step down anytime soon as campaigns
for the country’s July 31 elections gained momentum.
The 47 year-old
former secretary of the 90 year-old leader has hit the campaign
trail with her husband who is seeking to defy age and lend another
five years in office.
to repeat what I said in 2008,” Mrs Mugabe told a rally at
a rural business centre about 80 kilometres from Harare on Thursday.
there is no vacancy at State House.
there at State House full time and I know this because you have
confidence in your leader and you want him to remain at State House.”
In 2008, President
Mugabe lost the first
round of the presidential elections to Prime Minister Morgan
of the elections were withheld for three weeks before a runoff poll
Tsvangirai was forced to withdraw from the poll after suspected
agents unleashed violence against his supporters.
community rejected the results of the one-man poll and this forced
President Mugabe to form a coalition with his former arch rival.
Loathed by many
Zimbabweans for her extravagant lifestyle, Mrs Mugabe has often
been cited as the reason why her husband does not want to step down
even with reports of his failing health.
At the rally
she addressed alongside President Mugabe, she launched a scathing
attack against Mr Tsvangirai, describing the Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC) leader as ugly and a philanderer. She claimed that
when her husband met the Prime Minister for the first time, he came
Tsvangirai) is ugly both facially and in his heart,” Mrs Mugabe
Baba (President Mugabe) first met him physically he came home trembling
and I asked him what the problem was to which he (President Mugabe)
said he had never seen someone that ugly.”
Tsvangirai has also sought to exploit President Mugabe’s advanced
age in his campaigns saying it would be cruel for Zimbabweans to
give his rival another five-year term.
avoid talking about (President) Mugabe’s age,” he said.
“It is a serious national issue.
man needs to rest because at 90 years he should be enjoying his
trust a 90-year-old to run this country for another five years.
him four years to pack, now it’s time for him to go and rest
in Zvimba (President Mugabe’s rural home) while an energetic,
young and responsive government leads Zimbabwe into the future.”
President Mugabe turns 90 in February next year.
He has repeatedly
denied reports that he is suffering from advanced prostate cancer.
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