The president of Zimbabwe, Robert Gabriel Mugabe made a shocking announcement at the weekend that he is prepared to retire from politics if asked to do so by his party the Zanu-PF.
“As long as the party says continue, I will continue if I still have the energy, I still have the life, the blessings of God, I will continue”, he said.
Addressing a group of war veterans at the weekend, Robert admitted that the country’s economy is in turmoil and he would retire after the next election which will be held in 2018.
The 92 year old veteran leader said he believed he had now defeated the British and Americans who wanted to take over Zimbabwe and its time for him to say good bye after 2023.
Robert Mugabe prevously dismissed demands by some stalwart war veteran supporters to quit, saying he was in power by popular vote and accusing critics of plotting his ouster with longtime Western opponents.
The Southern African country’s currency is in poor shape and banks are running out of cash, the country is also feeling the pinch of a crippling drought, with a shortage of food adding to the country’s economic woes.
The Zanu-PF provinces had endorsed Mugabe as the party’s presidential candidate for the 2018 elections and they have promised its supporters that Mugabe will be voted into power again and rule until 2023.
Previously Mugabe told his supporters that he was not ready to retire but he will die while in power.
The Southern African country has never had another president apart from Robert Gabriel Mugabe.
Recently the country was rocked with stand still protests demanding him to step down but he inclined to the power. Mugabe, known as the ‘dictator’ in his home country accused the Westerners for being the mastermind of the protests in the country.