During a rally in the town of Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe reassured his supporters that he was not dying and he was not stepping down. The 93-year-old’s health has been closely watched by Zimbabweans, who fear the country could face chaos if he dies without anointing a successor.
CHINHOYI, ZIMBABWE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe on Saturday (July 29) said he was neither stepping down nor dying and that there was no one with his political stature who could immediately take over from him.
The 93-year-old leader has been in charge in the former British colony since independence in 1980. His health is closely watched by Zimbabweans, who fear the country could face chaos if he dies without anointing a successor.
Mugabe told tens of thousands of supporters at a rally in the town of Chinhoyi, in his home province, that if he had an ailment he would “go to the doctors like anyone else”, but said his heart and liver were “very firm, very strong”.
He has traveled to Singapore three times this year for what officials say is routine medical treatment.