World’s oldest and one of the longest serving Heads of State, Robert Mugabe will not be contesting in the 2018 presidential election in 2018, due to medical health conditions, says unofficial reports.
This was revealed by a senior official from the president’s camp claiming that the decision was made after President Mugabe was reportedly advised to drop out of the race by his medical doctors.
ZimNews reports that the President’s medical records, though classified and private, reveal that President Mugabe has a clean bill of health at the moment, but will however not contest at the coming elections after being told by doctors that the campaigning alone will take a heavy toll on him.
Also, the Zimbabwean president who has always maintained that he would die in office, admitted that the country’s economy is crumbling and said he would retire while speaking to a group of war veterans at the weekend.
In his words in a 50-minute address;
“As long as the party says continue, I continue…If I still have the energy, I still have the life, the blessings of God, I will continue.”
According to reports, President Robert Mugabe, who has endured a cocktail of health woes, including eye cataract problems, reported prostate cancer and painful swollen feet, and plans to embark on another round of medicals in Singapore, Hong Kong or Malaysia when he goes for his annual Christmas holiday with his family in December.
However, the ruling party, ZanuPF said Mugabe will still be contesting in the country’s next election in 2018 and if he is re-elected, he will only retire in 2023, when he turns 99.
92-year-old Mugabe, is the only President Zimbabwe has had in 36 years of independence. He assumed office in 1980.
The Southern African country has been feeling the pinch of a crippling drought, with its currency in poor shape and banks running out of cash.