PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s announcement that he will only retire in 2008 when his term of office expires spells disaster for Zimbabwe since the country needs an able leadership as a matter of urgency, the opposition MDC has said.
President Mugabe, in power for a quarter of a century, told reporters in Havana where he was on a state visit that he needed to rest and would cede power in 2008. But the opposition said 2008 was a long wait.
“The country is bleeding and as long as Mugabe continues in power for a single day it’s a disaster for Zimbabweans,” said Paul Themba Nyathi, the MDC spokesperson. “We have said before that as long as there is a country left to destroy, Mugabe will not leave power.”
Nyathi said Mugabe’s policies have brought suffering to Zimbabweans and for Mugabe to stay in power for even three months was a catastrophe.
“Every single day Mugabe continues in power regresses the country to the sixteenth century and Zimbabweans should brace themselves for more hardships as Mugabe has made it known that he is still around for the coming three years,” Nyathi said.
Mugabe has in the past scoffed at suggestions for him to step down, arguing that he has a mandate from the electorate to lead the country.
Meanwhile the MDC national executive committee will meet today to decide on whether to participate in the Senate election.
Nyathi confirmed that the meeting was taking place today at the party headquarters in Harare.
Questioned on MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s statements that the MDC would not participate in the Senate polls, Nyathi said Tsvangirai was contributing to public discourse on a matter of public concern.
“The MDC leader is a Zimbabwean and he was contributing to debate on the matter but the issue will be resolved when the national executive makes a decision today,” Nyathi said. – Staff Writer.