PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe revealed on Wednesday that under fire Vice President Joice Mujuru's faction believed he would die in September and started plotting a coup after hopes that his biological clock would stop ticking were dashed.

The veteran leader was addressing members of the Zanu PF central committee in Harare at the ruling party's ongoing elective congress where he effectively ruled out retirement, insisting he would only be removed from office by election defeat.

"Power, power, power; that is what you think if you are obsessed with power. They (Mujuru faction) said they read the Mugabe is going to die in September but the man has refused to die and even now he is still refusing to die, zvave kutoda n'anga," said the president.

He was flanked at the top table by national chairman, Simon Khaya Moyo with other members of the presidium, Mujuru and Didymus Mutasa missing.

"Now this is what has happened. The high table has only two people who have kept their principles," said Mugabe.

Also absent was Nicholas Goche, who along with Mujuru and Mutasa, are among top leaders accused of plotting to oust Mugabe at this congress or, failing that, engineering his assassination.

Mugabe said he had, all along, been aware of the plot.

The conspirators, he added, deluded themselves into believing that Western countries would pour billions of dollars into Zimbabwe once he was out of the way.

"We knew all they were planning, claiming the whites will pour billions into this economy only if Mugabe is out of the way. European-oriented minds can never develop Africa. If you have a European/American mind-set then you do not belong to Zanu PF. We thought we were united from the top to the bottom and that there were no machinations amongst us but alas we were deceived. We didn't know that as we went for elections some among us, vanaMujuru, did not want them. We heard their views were shared with the MDC, vanaBiti. Foolish, idiotic expectations that some circumstance will take place and Mugabe will be out of the way," he said.

The 90-year-old leader hit out at his ambitious lieutenants, telling them to be "content where you are."

He added: "You have the right to contest for any seat. You can contest for the presidency and if people vote you in and you win more votes than me then you can take over.... but to try to organise illegal ways – no, no no! That we shall not allow – never."



+1#gogosesikhona2014-12-03 22:49
It is fairly obvious to the reader that mugabe is reading from a script authored, crafted and perfected by grace. There is nothing new in these revelations as they were brought forward by his reckless wife who know no bounds when it comes to language of expression. It was all dreamed behind the curtains. The guilty are afraid.
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+1#Roell2014-12-03 23:34
The fact still remains Cde RG, one day you shall die and you will never take Zimbabwe to the grave with you. Your ghost will never rule Zimbabwe , not even to mention your wife Grace. Enjoy it while it still lasts.
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Sam Waters
0#Sam Waters2014-12-03 23:52
At 90 this tired old dog still wants to run the race?honestly i say to this old Robert cant you see you have done more harm than good to our beloved country? Endai munozorora mukweguru mava hari yofanzirofa
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0#bhono2014-12-04 01:08
He is not aware that its him who is an idiot
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0#clemz2014-12-04 03:32
This is a story of a foolish woman who wl cry faul in few mnths to come. Jonathan n Mnakwakwa wl destroy fake 1st family
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0#clemz2014-12-04 03:34
No speech of economy but all about his boostful life. Whr is money coz is always telling pipo about illigal sactions. He must visit African countries as many as he likes
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+1#Hardliner2014-12-04 11:48
I agree wth one of the readers tht theres no talk of the economy but only of baseless claims and accusations of plots to take his life. He already has 1 foot in the grave anyway so he must just do us all a favour and resign peacefully or get removed violently as 1 former premier once put it.
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The Chosen
0#The Chosen2014-12-05 15:20
just trying to deviate us from economical woes, for what reason can any one place plot to kill yu, by the way there is no one clean in Zanu Pf even those clapping hands to speech want yu out too
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