News / Africa

    Zimbabwe's Mugabe Announces 2012 Election Bid

    Zimbabwe's President and leader of ZANU-PF Robert Mugabe (C) delivers a speech at the party's 12th National People's Conference in Bulawayo, December 10, 2011.
    Zimbabwe's President and leader of ZANU-PF Robert Mugabe (C) delivers a speech at the party's 12th National People's Conference in Bulawayo, December 10, 2011.

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said Saturday he will not retire, but instead will lead his Zanu-PF party in elections that he announced will take place early next year.

    The 87 year-old president appeared fit after a four day annual conference of Zanu-PF where his leadership of the party was reconfirmed. As leader of the party, he will be its candidate in the next legislative and presidential  elections.

    More than 4,000 delegates attended the conference in Bulawayo, a city where many opposed Zanu-PF and Mugabe for decades.

    Delegates heard that the party is broke and is running on bank over drafts. Mugabe chided delegates for divisions in the party.

    “We have not allowed the best man or best woman to emerge. Rather, we have stood in the way of peoples choices rigged and ousted people’s preferences,” he said.

    Nearly three years ago, the president was forced to share power with his opposition after Zanu-PF lost legislative elections to the Movement for Democratic Change party (MDC).

    For more than a year, Mugabe has been calling for fresh elections, but he has been restrained by regional leaders who guaranteed the multi-party political agreement that brought the inclusive government to power.

    The Zimbabwean leader now says the inclusive government must be buried.

    “This inclusive governmental animal must now see its death," he said to applause. "It must come to an end and we must dig its grave. Let us now start preparing for elections and as we do that we are digging the grave of this monster.”

    Mugabe said he cannot retire while western sanctions against most top Zanu-PF leaders and some companies remain.

    “When the West is still holding the sanctions against us and they are still working on regime change, and also, we are still in this inclusive government… I say ah, no! I am now on show and it would be completely wrong and loss of confidence in myself and an act of cowardice as well.”

    The United States and Europe imposed sanctions after violent elections in 2002, and has said they will not be lifted until  all reforms President Mugabe agreed to as part of the 2008 multi-party political agreement are fulfilled.

    That poltical agreement says a new constitution must be in place ahead of new elections which negotiators say will not be concluded before mid- 2012. But MDC finance minister Tendai Biti did not set aside money for elections in his 2012 budget.

    The political agreement was mediated and guaranteed by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which says undisputed elections are only possible after significant political and legislative reform.

    Chris Mutsvangwa, former Zimbabwe diplomat and member of Zanu-PF and  a member of the media council, claimed Western media is anti-African and supports the invasion of the continent.

    “We need to devise strategy so the message of people can come across so they are not hoodwinked by these messages of despondency and of despair in Africa," said Mutsvangwa.

    So far no Zanu-PF leader has emerged as a front runner to succeed Mugabe.

    Opposition to him from within the party subsided after the death in August of his former army commander, Solomon Mujuru, in a mysterious fire.

    His wife, Joyce Mujuru is one of two vice presidents of Zanu-PF.

    You May Like

    Saudi Arabia’s New Female Politicians in the Other Room 

    Many in Saudi Arabia say elected representatives should share unsegregated spaces; according to a recent survey, more than half the Saudi population, both men and women, prefer to work in a segregated place

    Russia Not ‘Apologetic’ for Syria Airstrikes

    With Moscow criticized for targeting armed opponents of President Assad, Russia’s UN envoy says his country ‘acting in a very transparent manner’

    Pakistan Warns of Islamic State's Growing Reach

    Aftab Sultan, General Director General of Intelligence Bureau (IB), briefed Senate Committee in closed hearing, saying that IS-linked groups have been expanding in Pakistan

    This forum has been closed.
    Comments
         
    There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

    By the Numbers

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Russia's Car Sales Shrink Overall, But Luxury and Economy Models See Growthi
    X
    February 10, 2016 5:54 AM
    Car sales in Russia dropped by more than a third in 2015 because of the country's economic woes. But, at the extreme ends of the car market, luxury vehicles and some economy brands are actually experiencing growth. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video Russia's Car Sales Shrink Overall, But Luxury and Economy Models See Growth

    Car sales in Russia dropped by more than a third in 2015 because of the country's economic woes. But, at the extreme ends of the car market, luxury vehicles and some economy brands are actually experiencing growth. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video Civil Rights Pioneer Remembers Struggle for Voting Rights

    February is Black History Month in the United States. The annual, month-long national observance pays tribute to important people and events that shaped the history of African Americans. VOA's Chris Simkins reports how one man fought against discrimination to help millions of blacks obtain the right to vote
    Video

    Video Jordanian Theater Group Stages Anti-Terrorism Message

    The lure of the self-styled “Islamic State” has many parents worried about their children who may be susceptible to the organization’s online propaganda. Dozens of Muslim communities in the Middle East are fighting back -- giving young adults alternatives to violence. One group in Jordan is using dramatic expression a send a family message. Mideast Broadcasting Network correspondent Haider Al Abdali shared this report with VOA. It’s narrated by Bronwyn Benito
    Video

    Video Migrant Crisis Fuels Debate Over Britain’s Future in EU

    The migrant crisis in Europe is fueling the debate in Britain ahead of a referendum on staying in the European Union that may be held this year. Prime Minister David Cameron warns that leaving the EU could lead to thousands more migrants arriving in the country. Meanwhile, tension is rising in Calais, France, where thousands of migrants are living in squalid camps. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Valentine's Day Stinks for Lebanese Clowns

    This weekend, on Valentine's Day in Lebanon, love is not the only thing in the air. More than half a year after the country's trash crisis began, the stink of uncollected garbage remains on the streets. Step forward "Clown Me In," a group of clowns who use their skills for activism. Before the most romantic day of the year the clowns have released their unusual take on love in Lebanon -- in a bid to keep the pressure up and get the trash off the streets. John Owens reports from Beirut.
    Video

    Video Families Flee Aleppo for Kurdish Regions in Syria

    Not all who flee the fighting in Aleppo are trying to cross the border into Turkey. A VOA reporter caught up with several families heading for Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria.
    Video

    Video Rocky Year Ahead for Nigeria Amid Oil Price Crash

    The global fall in the price of oil has rattled the economies of many petroleum exporters, and Africa’s oil king Nigeria is no exception. As Chris Stein reports from Lagos, analysts are predicting a rough year ahead for the continent’s top producer of crude.
    Video

    Video 'No Means No' Program Targets Sexual Violence in Kenya

    The organizers of an initiative to reduce and stop rape in the informal settlements around Kenya's capital say their program is having marked success. Girls are taking self-defense classes while the boys are learning how to protect the girls and respect them. Lenny Ruvaga reports from Nairobi.
    Video

    Video Chocolate Lovers Get a Sweet History Lesson

    Observed in many countries around the world, Valentine’s Day is sometimes celebrated with chocolate festivals. But at a festival near Washington, the visitors experience a bit more than a sugar rush. They go on a sweet journey through history. VOA’s June Soh takes us to the festival.
    Video

    Video 'Smart' Bandages Could Heal Wounds More Quickly

    Simple bandages are usually seen as the first line of attack in healing small to moderate wounds and burns. But scientists say new synthetic materials with embedded microsensors could turn bandages into a much more valuable tool for emergency physicians. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Researchers Use 3-D Printer to Produce Transplantable Body Parts

    Human organ transplants have become fairly common around the world in the past few decades. Researchers at various universities are coordinating their efforts to find solutions -- including teams at the University of Pennsylvania and Rice University in Houston that are experimenting with a 3-D printer -- to make blood vessels and other structures for implant. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, they are also using these artificial body parts to seek ways of defeating cancerous tumors.
    Video

    Video Helping the Blind 'See' Great Art

    There are 285 million blind and visually impaired people in the world who are unable to enjoy visual art at a museum. One New York photographer is trying to fix this situation by making tangible copies of the world’s masterpieces. VOA correspondent Victoria Kupchinetsky was there as visually impaired people got a feel for great art. Joy Wagner narrates her report.
    Video

    Video German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibit

    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video E-readers Help Ease Africa's Book Shortage

    Millions of people in Africa can't read, and there's a chronic shortage of books. A non-profit organization called Worldreader is trying to help change all that one e-reader at a time. VOA’s Deborah Block tells us about a girls' school in Nairobi, Kenya where Worldreader is making a difference.