Robert Mugabe set to retire as Zimbabwean president

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ROBERT MUGABE: Zimbabwe’s president is on the verge of quitting and announcing his retirement
The Zimbabwean president has always said he would die in office, but hinted at retirement while speaking to a group of war veterans.

Now his ruling Zanu PF party have confirmed to an African news network that retirement plans for the leader are on the cards for the 92-year-old leader.

Mugabe has been president for nearly 30-years, but his rule is crumbling as Zimbabwe’s economy plunges into chaos and he was denounced by a key faction of supporters.

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ZIMBABWE: Robert Mugabe’s country is suffering from a collapsing economy, drought and unrest

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RETIRMENT: Mugabe will only contest one more election – according to reports
African news network eNCA reported the shocking revelation, saying Zanu PF confirmed the president will retire.

Mugabe will contest next year’s election and if re-elected he plans to retire in 2023, when he turns 99.

Zimbabwe remains in crisis as the country’s banks are running out of cash and the country is ravaged by a crippling drought.

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RIOTING: ZImbabwe’s population is starving and the country has no money

“I am already president”
Grace Mugabe
Mugabe was denounced by Zimbabwe’s liberation war veterans – one of his key groups of supporters who have often violently fought to keep the dictator in power.

The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association issued a statement saying they would not be supporting the president anymore – branding Mugabe “dictatorial”.

It said: “The Zanu-PF party leadership has dismally failed to… address the economic problems that have beset our great nation.”

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PROTESTS: Mugabe’s rule is being rocked by demonstrations and riots
Speaking at a war veterans event at the weekend, Mugabe also hinted at his retirement.

He boasted he “defeated the British and the Americans” and managed to “fend off the West’s spirited machinations to destroy Zanu PF and the ideals the party stands for”.

Mugabe added he plans to retire “properly” if he steps down and acknowledged the dire state of his nation.

In a surprising move oll’ Bob’s gone on record saying he’ll be retiring ‘soon’. While chatting to war veterans over the weekend, Mugabe admitted that Zimbabwe’s pretty much a mess right now – but didn’t go as far as to admit it’s all his fault –.

Zim’s been in pretty bad shape the last decade or so, and things have only got worse since the recent drought and the country essentially running out of money, despite Bob and his wife (dis)Grace’s criminally lavish lifestyle.

So, Bob said he’ll be retiring, but his party added that he’ll still be contesting next year’s elections and should he win – hmmmm – he’ll stay on until 2023 just one year short of 100 years old. He told supporters that he’s finally “defeated… the British and Americans…” adding that he’s not blind to the people’s suffering.

Mugabe and his allies have, for more than a decade now, harped on about the West’s plans on regime change in Zim. But eNCA reports that a senior Western diplomat recently said there’s very little interest from the UK’s side in Zim and that the USA has “zero political and economic interest in Zimbabwe.”

The aged statesman told those willing to listen – or should we say able to, as his power base is pretty much a geriatrics club – that Zim has yet-unexplored wealth, but a financial analyst based in the capital doesn’t seem to agree.

“There was a time, some years ago, when Zimbabwe seemed important, that it could be a powerhouse in the region, but that moment has long gone, and now it is hard to find anyone who can forecast how it can repay its debts even with a new leadership, let alone attract foreign investment.”

“There are no so-called unexplored minerals. The best opportunities are a few, well managed, small mines, but nothing big.”

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