Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly vowed not to leave his Zanu-PF party in tatters, as he “effectively banned open discussion around his succession”.
According to newzimbabwe.com, Mugabe in an interview to coincide with his 90th birthday broadcast on ZBC-TV spoke tough on Zanu-PF divisions and criticised party stalwarts angling to take over when he finally leaves office.
The issue of succession remains one of the biggest problems currently rocking the Zanu-PF party. Media reports maintain that there are two main camps dividing the party. One faction is linked to Vice President Joice Mujuru and another is reportedly led by Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.
But Mugabe discounted succession talk while he was still in charge.
The veteran leader insisted talk of succession was unnecessary.
"Why should it be discussed when it is not due? Is it due?" he was quoted as saying by state newspaper The Herald.
"The leadership still exists that runs the country. In other words I am still there”, Mugabe said, adding that it was not his desire to “leave my party in tatters. I want to leave it intact”.