Mugabe  urgues party to stop


Mugabe urges party to stop jostling to replace him

MARONDERA – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe called on Friday for unity in his ruling Zanu-PF party, which has been riven by infighting over who will eventually succeed the world’s oldest leader.

Mugabe, 93, wants to seek another five-year term next year, having ruled since independence in 1980.

The veteran leader, who looks increasingly frail, has made two trips this year to Singapore for medical checks, which his spokesman said were for his eyes. Private media have reported that Mugabe has prostate cancer, which officials deny.

Addressing a Zanu-PF youth rally in Marondera town, some 70 kilometres, east of Harare, Mugabe said different party factions were preoccupied with plotting how to take over from him, saying some of the plots had assumed tribal overtones.

“That kills the party. Stop it, stop it. We do not want to start to fight each other before the time comes,” Mugabe said.

“Be at peace, the time will come, it’s certainly coming. Congress will decide,” Mugabe said, referring to the five-year gathering of the party that chooses the Zanu-PF leader, due to take place in 2019 when Mugabe will be 95.

Some party officials have been privately lobbying for the meeting to be brought forward to December, allowing Mugabe’s successor to contest next year’s vote.

At Friday’s rally Mugabe made a lengthy pitch to youth voters ahead of the 2018 elections, promising to hand over farms and fund construction of housing apartments for youths.

Young people comprise nearly half the population and bear the brunt of chronic unemployment. They are also the ones most likely to turn their backs on Zanu-PF, either by supporting the opposition or leaving the country for better economic prospects.

Zanu-PF youth leader Kudzai Chipanga said young party members would support no one but Mugabe for president.

“As long as you are there, you are our life president. There is no one with a name that qualifies to go on the ballot box except that of Gushungo (Mugabe’s clan name),” said Chipanga.

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Zimbabwe seeks foreign help for flood victims

Zimbabwe seeks foreign help for flood victims


Kasukuwere says nearly 2 000 people were left homeless, 74 schools were damaged and 70 dams had burst.
Zimbabwe ppealed for international help for victims of floods, that have left 246 people dead and displaced hundreds since December, when torrential rains started pounding a country emerging from severe drought .
An El Nino -induced drought last year scorched crops in the southern African country, leaving more than 4 million in need of food aid, but Zimbabweans now have to contend with floods after receiving above-normal rains.
Minister for local government Saviour Kasukuwere said floods had swept through villages in the southern and south western parts of Zimbabwe, destroying roads, crops and livestock and forcing people into temporary government shelter.
Kasukuwere says nearly 2 000 people were homeless, 74 schools were damaged and 70 dams had burst.
President Robert Mugabe’s cash-strapped government has struggled to manage the inundation, whose effects were most severe in the areas hit hardest by last year’s drought.
Urban areas have not been spared, with many roads badly damaged.
“I am therefore appealing to the development partners, private sector and general public, inclusive of those in the diaspora, to rally with the government to support the emergency relieve programmes,” Kasukuwere says in a statement.
The government is seeking tents, drugs and food for those displaced by the floods, he added.