One of the world’s oldest leaders, Robert Mugabe has slammed some of his party officials for trying to convince him to retire as he likened them to the biblical betrayer, Judas.
The 93-year-old Mugabe who seeks another five-year term at elections due next year accused some party officials of supporting him during the day while plotting against him behind his back.
“Others are like those that Jesus spoke about during his last supper, when he said ‘some of you eating with me here shall betray me’. The Judas Iscariot. They are here among us,” Mugabe said during the burial of a party member.
“They want to cause leadership change … for the president to step down. I did not grab power. I was chosen by the people. It’s the people’s throne, so I don’t want with it,” he said to loud cheers from some party members.
Mugabe who has been at the helm when Zimbabwe, then called Rhodesia, gained independence from Britain in 1980, has repeatedly said his party will choose his successor when the time comes, but the ageing leader seems not interested in letting go of power anytime soon.
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