Mugabe: Don’t Blame Me
For Ruling #Zimbabwe for
36 Years – I Don’t Vote for
President Robert Mugabe says people
questioning his stay in power should blame
Zimbabweans for electing him into office for
almost 36 years.
In an interview with Japanese journalists,
quoted by the state-controlled Herald
newspaper, Mr. Mugabe said his election
over the years is an indication that
Zimbabweans want him to rule the nation.
The president, who is on an official visit to
Japan, said, “If they (some people) don’t
like my long stay in power they should
criticize my people … I do not vote for
myself into power.
“You just go to Zimbabwe now and ask the
people whether I should stand down. They
will be angry with you.”
President Mugabe further told the
journalists, according to the Herald
newspaper, that he will contest the next
presidential election if he is in good health.
The president stressed that he is currently
in good health.
“At the moment I am the president that’s
why (I am here). Do you see me as not fit?
Why not contest two years later? Two years
later is no time but only God knows what will
happen in two years’ time, 2018. I don’t
know, it will depend. If I am fit enough,
yes, but if not fit enough I will not. My
people will want me to be a candidate and
they have already nominated me as a
candidate in 2018.”
The 92-year-old Zimbabwean leader, who
will be 94 in 2018, said his successor should
be people-oriented and a person that is
ready to defend the country against so-
The opposition has in the past cried foul
over his re-election claiming that the
electoral body allegedly rigs elections in
favour of Mr. Mugabe’s Zanu PF party.
These allegations have been dismissed by the
ruling party as baseless.