93-year-old Mugabe begins election campaign

Elias Hubbard
June 4, 2017

Zimbabwe's 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe has begun a series of rallies across the country in a bid to win the support of young people ahead of elections next year.

The ruling party is seen as divided over Mugabe's successor, while opposition groups are in talks to unite to try to oust him in the election.

"We want to assure you President Mugabe that as long as you are alive, you are our life President".

"We expect the rally to be graced by some leading members of civil society who are also calling for a free and fair election next year as well as the urgent push for the formation of a grand coalition that will defeat the Zanu PF dictatorship in next year's elections", Gutu said.

He urged those seeking to succeed him to be at peace claiming the time will come for them to rule.

Zanu-PF officials said Mugabe is focusing on youth issues at the "interface rallies" in each of Zimbabwe's 10 provinces and cities.

He wore a jacket in the party colours, and arrived at the open-air venue standing on the back of a police truck and waving at cheering supporters.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace follow proceedings during a youth rally in Marondera about 100 kilometres east of Harare, Friday, June, 2, 2017. He has led Zimbabwe since 1980.

The resurgent MDC leader is now involved in coalition talks with these opposition players as he makes another determined bid to topple Mugabe and his warring Zanu PF from power in the watershed 2018 polls.

This post was syndicated from Vanguard News.

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