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Mugabe 86 and going on


This week Robert Mugabe the President of Zimbabwe turned 86 and is still going on to contest the next election whenever its held.

In December Mugabe's party Zanu PF decided that their presidential election in the next election would be Mugabe and by then he would be 87 if next year or 88 if in 2012.

The purpose of this post is not to discuss the pros and cons of that decision taken at the Zanu PF congress but to ask what makes some leaders continue to want to lead forever and ever.

For somebody in his late eighties you would expect that somebody would be talking about retirement especially if that person had been in power for thirty years but that is not the case for Mugabe.

He is expecting to be president in his 90s assuming he wins the next election and gets a five year term.

Is it because he thinks he is doing a very good job and nobody will be able to continue that work or is it because of a mere lack of a succession plan.

Whatever the reason may be its interesting to see that right now in the structures of Zanu PF there doesn't seem to be anybody who is positioned to take over from the elderly statesman should be decide to retire.

That means he will go on and on maybe until he loses an election.


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