I won't be pushed out of of­fice, says Mu­gabe, 93

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HARARE - Zim­bab­wean Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabeon Thurs­day re­mained adamant that he would re­main in of­fice de­spite wors­en­ing cash and fuel short­ages that have hit the south­ern African coun­try.

Of­fi­ci­at­ing at the fu­neral of the widow of for­mer vice pres­i­dent Joseph Msika at the na­tional shrine in Harare, Mu­gabe said the "ar­ti­fi­cial short­ages" were be­ing cre­ated by un­named se­nior of­fi­cials of his gov­ern­ment, who were bent on re­mov­ing him from of­fice.

The 93 year-old leader vowed that he would con­tinue as pres­i­dent.

"We have peo­ple who are like the bib­li­cal Ju­das Is­car­iot within our gov­ern­ment who cre­ated th­ese short­ages to ad­vance their agenda of re­mov­ing the pres­i­dent from of­fice," said Mu­gabe speak­ing in Shona lan­guage.

"I want to tell them to­day that I will not be pushed out of of­fice be­cause I am rep­re­sent­ing the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple who elected me into of­fice, there­fore, I will con­tinue to oc­cupy the pres­i­den­tial seat that I am oc­cu­py­ing com­fort­ably."

But for­mer Zanu-PF pro­vin­cial chair­per­son for Mashona­land West, Themba Mliswa, now an in­de­pen­dent leg­is­la­tor rep­re­sent­ing Nor­ton con­stituency, told News24 that the nona­ge­nar­ian should not fo­cus on re­main­ing in of­fice but on is­sues that he was elected to deal with.

"There is mas­sive un­em­ploy­ment in the coun­try, there is ram­pant cor­rup­tion in all gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions let alone cash short­ages, and the econ­omy is in limbo. Those are the is­sues that he should be talk­ing be­cause there is no doubt that he will be the pres­i­dent of Zim­babwe un­til we hold fresh elec­tions in 2018," said Mliswa.

On his re­turn this week from the 72nd ses­sion of the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly held in New York, Mu­gabe ac­cused his un­named lieu­tenants of plot­ting the short­ages, that re­sulted in most Zimbabweans en­gag­ing a panic mode gear and emp­ty­ing shop shelves.

Mu­gabe's Zanu-PF party was sharply di­vided into dis­tinct fac­tions bat­tling to out­wit each other in the race to suc­ceed him. One camp call­ing it­self "Team La­coste" was re­port­edly led by Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa while an­other fac­tion made up of young Turks push­ing First Lady Grace Mu­gabe, was seek­ing to tor­pedo Mnan­gagwa’s pres­i­den­tial am­bi­tions.

Mean­while, De­fense Min­is­ter Syd­ney Sek­era­mayi's name was re­cently thrown into the suc­ces­sion race by Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Jonathan Moyo. How­ever, Mnan­gagwa, Sek­era­mayi and the First Lady, have de­nied har­bour­ing pres­i­den­tial am­bi­tions say­ing they solidly be­hind Mu­gabe.

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