Zim presidential aspirants waiting ‘like witches’

Commenting on the current tussling among members of the ruling Zanu-PF to succeed him, the President said there were at least three candidates seeking to replace him.

Mugabe said he did not want Zimbabwean aspirants to the presidency to jostle for power, citing examples of other African countries that have up to 30 presidential candidates.

“Even before the term of the President (has expired), they want the seat. I haven’t completed my term, but you are already waiting by the door like a witch,” he was quoted as saying during a speech made at Harare’s Catholic University last week.

“But power is power, some will say, by hook or crook I must get there.”

Mugabe’s term of office is due to expire in 2008. Local reports say presidential candidates at present appear to be ruling party political heavyweight Emmerson Mnangagwa; Vice-President Joice Mujuru, the wife of former army commander Retired General Solomon Mujuru; former finance minister and ruling party moderate Simba Makoni; and possibly central bank chief Gideon Gono although he has denied any interest.

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