The embattled Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, has in a speech broadcast nationwide on Sunday, November 19, rejected calls for his resignation and insisted that he preside over the ZANU-PF party congress coming up this December.
The 93-year-old leader who referred to himself in the speech as the Commander-in-Chief, stated thus –
“I will preside over its processes, which must not be prepossessed by any acts calculated to undermine it or to compromise the outcomes in the eyes of the public,”
President Mugabe had sacked his deputy to pave way for his wife, Mrs. Grace Mugabe, to succeed him, a move which many believe promoted the military to temporarily seize power and place the President under house arrest.
Although the military has come out to dispel the rumor of a coup insisting they were only targeting what senior army authorities referred to as criminal elements around the president, tension has remained high in the Southern African country which has remained under Mugabe rule since its independence from Britain in 1980.