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

Video Obama to Send 3,000 Troops to Liberia in Ebola Fight

At Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, President says US will take leadership role for a global response to deadly Ebola virus that is ravaging West Africa More

Video China Muslims Work to Change Perceptions After Knife Attacks

Muslims in Kunming say that they condemn the violence, it is not a reflection of the true beliefs of their faith More

Humanitarian Aid, Equipment Blocked in Cameroon

Move is seen as a developing supply crisis in West Africa More

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

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Enviropreneur Seeks to Save the Environment, Empower the Communityi
X
September 16, 2014 2:06 PM
Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.
Video

Video Enviropreneur Seeks to Save the Environment, Empower the Community

Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.
Video

Video West Trades Accusations Over Ransoms

As world leaders try to forge a common response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, there is simmering tension over differing policies on paying ransoms. In the past month, the jihadist group has beheaded two Americans and one Briton. Both countries refuse to pay ransom money. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London, there is uncertainty in the approach of some other European nations.
Video

Video Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interest

The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.
Video

Video Washington DC Mural Artists Help Beautify City

Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. But as we hear from VOA’s Julie Taboh, officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city.
Video

Video US Muslim Leaders Condemn Islamic State

Leaders of America's Muslim community are condemning the violent extremism of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. Muslim leaders say militants are exploiting their faith in a failed effort to justify violent extremism. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
Video

Video Americans' Reaction Mixed on Obama Strategy for Islamic State Militants

President Barack Obama’s televised speech on how the United States plans to “degrade and destroy” the group known as the Islamic State reached a prime-time audience of millions. And it came as Americans appear more willing to embrace a bolder, tougher approach to foreign policy. VOA producer Katherine Gypson and reporter Jeff Seldin have this report from Washington.
Video

Video Authorities Allege LA Fashion Industry-Cartel Ties

U.S. officials say they have broken up crime rings that funneled tens of millions of dollars from Mexican drug cartels through fashion businesses in Los Angeles. Mike O'Sullivan reports that authorities announced nine arrests, as 1,000 law enforcement agents fanned out through the city on Wednesday.
Video

Video Bedouin Woman Runs Successful Business in Palestinian City

A Bedouin woman is breaking social taboos by running a successful vacation resort in the Palestinian town of Jericho. Bedouins are a sub-group of Arabs known for their semi-nomadic lifestyle. Zlatica Hoke says the resort in the West Bank's Jordan Valley is a model of success for women in the region.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid