Mugabe must rest: Analysts

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe turns 91 today, making him the oldest President to lead a country in the world amid pressure from opposition parties and analysts for him to rest.


Mugabe will today celebrate his birthday at a time the ruling Zanu PF party was enmeshed in serious infighting that has also crippled central government operations.

The President’s health has also been subject to scrutiny and was recently worsened by his fall at Harare International Airport. After his ignominious fall, he slipped out of the country to Singapore last week for a medical check-up.

Opposition parties and analysts said that Mugabe’s time to retire had come and that he should rest as the country’s economic collapse required someone with the strength to deal with the challenges.

But Zanu PF maintains that Mugabe was still fit to rule, adding that he would be its candidate for the 2018 Presidential election.

MDC Renewal Team spokesperson Jacob Mafume said while it was important to celebrate Mugabe’s birthday, the time had come for him to rest to enable the country to arrest the current “constitutional crisis” where First Lady Grace Mugabe appeared to have taken control of both Zanu PF and government.
“We have maintained as a party that the State House is not an old people’s home,” Mafume said.

“Zanu PF wants to turn it into an old people’s home and it defies logic that at 91, someone wants to remain President. In China, you need to be 70 or less to be a leader and Mugabe is 21 years older than that. Our position is he should be celebrating his birthday privately where it is safe and not active in politics.”

Mafume added: “It is now a national security issue where we have the wife of a President appearing to have taken over control because the husband is old. We must allow the President to rest in dignity. We need our collective heads in a non-partisan manner to allow him to rest. It’s illogical to make a 91-year-old person run the country when it’s a surprise for him to walk from his car to a Cabinet meeting without falling.”

National Constitutional Assembly spokesperson Maddock Chivasa also said Mugabe’s age was proof enough that the veteran leader and his party were for the archives.

“As a party, we feel that at his age, it’s a clear sign for Zanu PF to go not him alone. They belong to history and do not represent the future that needs new parties,” Chivasa said.

Analyst Pedzisayi Ruhanya said at 91, Mugabe’s concentration was now on personal issues rather than national issues to address the people’s concerns.
“At 91, he is concentrating more on some personal issues like avoiding falling and there is no future for the people being led by a 91-year-old,” he said.

On the celebration of his birthday, Ruhanya said: “It is authoritarian just like in North Korea where the birthday of the leader is of national significance. It is very absurd and it tells you the nature of the leadership is consistent with authoritarianism. Why should a person celebrate the birthday of the President when there is 80% unemployment? Why should a person in Zaka who has not been employed all his life when he has all the necessary qualifications for employment celebrate?”

University of Zimbabwe political science professor Eldred Masunungure said anything that was celebrating any particular individual was bound to lose track if it was not institutionalised.

“I do not see that movement living beyond the person that is being honoured. When it was launched, Mugabe had led the movement that had liberated the country from the colonial regime and that was part of the package,” Masunungure said.

“But the movement has lost its way and is now used for the expression of hero-worshiping. There is widespread deprivation and no congruence between the original motivation of the movement and what is happening now. My fear is that it cannot be institutionalised beyond him. Maybe they will have to rename it to the next President.”

Masunungure said the ruling party was not bothered by calls for Mugabe to resign in the face of accusations of failing to turn around the fortunes of the country.

Although Zanu PF spokesperson, Simon Khaya Moyo could not be reached for comment, he is on record saying that the ruling party is there to stay forever.

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  1. mugabe might be the oldest president alive today but he is not the longest serving president yet .im sure he needs to break that record as well.

  2. I wish him many more years bt I think its time he rests.

  3. Personally, I wish him many many more airport falls…

  4. i thot this story wil draw a lot off comments. mandibhowa

  5. i beg to differ from the said analysts’ view point.. as voters think otherwise as evidenced by the landslide victory in the july 2013 plebiscite. let the guy discharge his mandate uninterupted falling and rising countless times until critics are convinced that the nonagenarian is as fit as a fiddle. to our BELOVED Gabriel Bob Matibili happy happy happy happy happy happyyy

  6. Tafadzwa munjeri

    Analyst uyu anotopenga. Musade kutarisa one side lets look both sides n give thanks kuna president Mugabe nebasa guru ravakabata ,rembr kuti he is the one vakaita kuti iwee ukwanise kunge wakasungunuka kunge uchinyora zvaukunyora izvozvo. Lets be mature enough ngatibatane . Zimbabwe is not for president Mugabe alone even yu . Ngatisangoda kunzi togona kunyora apo tichinyora zvonyadza. Happy birth cmrd prsdnt we wish yu many more and to rule Zimbabwe even mava pawheel- chair chaipo

  7. Old Tired Falling Matibili

    This old moron will be falling many more times this year, which is exactly what the palooka deserves.

  8. I’m so surprised to learn that there are people who believe robert won in the 2013 general elections. Why accuse Zimbabweans of voting a then 89 year old clueless fellow? He voted himself into power. He’s such a rabid power maniac who barely knows what majority rule is all about. What a counter revolutionary masquerading as a hero. He had his tuition paid by the Smith regime when he was in detention so that he becomes perfect for window dressing. He’s a Selous Scout.

  9. Tafadzwa Munjeri dont be stupid, the analyst is saying he must rest and u go on talking about how Mugabe liberated us. He might have (which l dnt buy) but it is not a ticket to be an eternal leader. The dinosaur must rest and become exstinct

  10. The sooner everyone, including the analysts, accepts that RGM is president for life the sooner we all focus on improving our lives. Improving our lives does not come from outside one’s self but starts with me and you in changing ourselves for the better. There is nothing going to come from RGM to better your life, you are on your own. Stop complaining and do something for yourself and your loved ones as he is doing for himself.

  11. It is so sad that some people do not understand the functions of a government. A legitimate govt is supposed to create an enabling environment for all citizens. Ordinary citizens cannot improve on their lives if the govt is anti people. You cannot expect all other body parts to continue functioning normally when the heart develops seriuos problems. We can hardly develop ourselves under this govt unless if we are part and parcel of the kleptocracy.

  12. the heading should be “Mugabe must rest in peace: Quick Cook. ”
    ooops he wont rest in peace but in pieces B-)

  13. Mugabe must keep amusing us by falling Dow all the steps he walks on. Nice dance move, that one at the airport the other day… Kikikikikikikikikikikikikikikikikikikikikiki!

  14. i used to support them until I realised its all good if you are in the upper echelons.What has ZANU done for the ordinary Zimbo?
    Zirinane kuputa mbanje pane kusimudza chibhakera.

    Ukaenda kuBorrowdale kwavo uko unotonyara kutsika malawn egreen.Anodiridzwa kuchinaya moti hanzi pamberi nemusangano.Sorry henyu but imi murikudyiwa makatarisa sematemba

  15. i am tired by these zanu fat cats statements..we fought for this country etc. its like zim is the only country wich went to war. as for mutasa forget and smile old man. when did u realise zanu is no longer working for the pple. nw that u are booted out u cee evil in zanu. go home old man. y didnt u talk before.

  16. Zim has quite a number of Lunatics like Tafadzwa Munjeri that’s why we are where we are today. President Mugabe did his part. It’s time for him to pass the stick to another person. Leadership that fails to raise other leadership to carry the torch forward is failed leadership. For one to lead for 35yrs & not groom a successor is failure at its best.

  17. Robert destroyed our beloved nation. Some primitive people think that rigging is winning. Zimbabwe is under military rule because the old man is now thinking he is a hero. I wish him many falls and fall as far as 6 feet.Nothing to cerebrate. Old man is now a big PROBLEM to the entire nation.

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