July 29, 2017 – PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe on (today) Saturday said he was not stepping down nor dying and that there was no one with his political stature who could immediately take over from him.
His health is closely watched by Zimbabweans, with claiming there could be chaos, should he die without naming his successor.
Mugabe told tens of thousands of supporters at a rally in the town of Chinhoyi, in his home province, that doctors were recently surprised by his “strong bone system.”
He has traveled to Singapore three times this year for what officials say is routine medical treatment.
“There is the issue that the president is going. I am not going,” Mugabe told supporters on the grounds of a local university, 100 km west of the capital Harare.
“The president is dying. I am not dying. I will have an ailment here and there but bodywise, all my internal organs … very firm, very strong,” Mugabe said as he leant on the lectern.
Mugabe had walked onto the stage slowly but without assistance.
The issue of who will succeed Mugabe has deeply divided the ruling party, with two factions supporting vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa and Mugabe’s wife Grace.
Grace repeated her statement made earlier this week, that Mugabe should name his preferred successor, to end divisions over the future leadership of ZANU-PF adding that he would lead the process to choose his eventual successor.
Mugabe said although some party officials wanted to succeed him, he saw no one among his subordinates with his political clout to keep the party united and fend off a challenge from the main opposition MDC.
“A new man will not have the same stature and the same acceptance as I have managed to secure for the party over the years,” said Mugabe. – Reuters/NAN