Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Thursday blamed anonymous authorities for his own particular gathering of attempting to push him into resigning and compared them to the scriptural traitor Judas.
The 93-year-old Mugabe, one of the world’s most seasoned pioneers, has been in control since Zimbabwe, at that point called Rhodesia, picked up autonomy from Britain in 1980. He expects to look for an additional five-year term at being president from now.
Openly, his gathering, ZANU-PF, has encouraged him. In any case, in private these individuals are profoundly separated over his proceeding with authority and who will in the end assume control from him.
Mugabe, who has over and over said his party will pick his successor when the time comes, said he was going no place and blamed some gathering authorities for supporting him amid the day while plotting against him in the face of his good faith.
“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,” he said to loud cheers from some party members.
ZANU-PF is divided into two factions. One backs Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to immediately succeed Mugabe. Another is rallying behind Mugabe’s wife, Grace, and also want the ageing ruler to be president for life.
“When the day comes I will say thank you to my Zimbabwean family and I will step down so you can choose my successor. But for now I am the one in charge,” Mugabe said.