Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe has questioned growing calls to step aside over reports of ill health, and old age, asking ‘where to?.’
Mugabe, who was celebrating his 93rd birthday celebrations in Matopo, Matabeleland South province, said he will only step when his ruling Zanu PF asks him to.
“If Zanu PF says I should go, I will sit down. For your own information I never canvassed for any position I rose up to my position.
“People who are busy forming their own groupings and factions saying Mugabe must go, I always ask myself where to?,” Mugabe said chuckling, adding he will also not choose a successor.
“No imposition, we don’t want imposition at all. People have said that I should choose a successor, but that is what is called imposition. I don’t want and will never impose.”
Several thousands of Zanu PF supporters attended Mugabe’s birthday bash, whose estimated budget is over a $1million, angering opposition parties and human rights activists.
Opposition parties question the holding of the extravagant celebrations when rural teachers and doctors are on strike over poor pay, and late payment of the 2016 bonus.
The opposition accuse Mugabe of wanting to die in office, but Zanu PF’s youth league secretary, Kudzai Chipanga declared “he is our life President”.
“The youth will ensure the victory of Zanu PF in the morning 2018 general elections by forwarding our youth agenda of endorsing you as our Life President.
C“We want congress to be just a formality where we deal with issues of VP’s and politburo members, but your candidacy should not be touched as you are our life President,” Chipanga said in his address at Mugabe;s birthday party.