By 2018 Mugabe Will Be Gone, Top Analyst Says

By 2018 Mugabe Will Be Gone, Top Analyst Says
Published: 2016 September 05 14:05:33 (1301 Views)

HARARE - International Crisis Group senior consultant for southern Africa Piers Pigou says President Robert Mugabe’s advanced age and the country’s changing politics will not make it possible for him  to be a presidential candidate in 2018. 
In an exclusive interview with the DailyNews in Harare, Pigou argued that by 2018, Mugabe, 92, will be no means be in office. 
“Clearly, Mugabe is no longer going to retain office; despite fanatical assertions of him being the Zanu PF candidate for the 2018 elections, this hasn’t been a feasible option for some time. His retention of power reflects a fundamental irresponsibility by himself and Zanu PF’s leadership,” Pigou said. 
Asked whether Zanu PF current succession battles will prompt Mugabe to relinquish power before 2018 and appoint a successor, Pigou reasoned:
“He (Mugabe) will not make it to 2018. In terms of succession, there have been numerous assertions that certain members of the international community favour Emmerson Mnangagwa to succeed. In current circumstances, and if Mugabe’s health status forces the appointment of a new president, Mnangagwa well be acting president for three months until Zanu PF can choose a successor.”
Mugabe, whose inability to continue in office is now a public secret has ruled for 36 years and despite his ill-health, citizen calls for him to step down and of course losing elections since 2000, Mugabe has refused to step down. 
But the discourse around Mugabe’s resignation has in the past three months reached boiling point following a wave of nationwide wide protests against his overdue incumbency as president. 
As the country slips back onto the international radar of political unrest, the debate around who should succeed him both within his Zanu PF party and opposition has also been topical. 




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