Mugabe: Don’t Blame Me

For Ruling #Zimbabwe for

36 Years – I Don’t Vote for

Myself #thisFlag

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-

called neo-colonialism.

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.