by TZN Correspondent
President Robert Mugabe yesterday launched a tirade against critics who say he has overstayed in power, vowing to hang on to power until he dies.
Mugabe became AU chairperson in January 2015 amid pomp and fanfare, but local analysts and opposition groups say his term was a disaster. In his hour-long speech, the soon to be 92-year-old leader said he would lead Zimbabwe until God called him.
“I will be there until God says come, but as long as am alive I will head the country, forward ever, backward never,” he said.
Mugabe said those who were saying he must hand over power to others were not democratic. He said such calls were emanating from Europe.
President Mugabe who was preceded on the podium by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and the chairperson of the AU Commission Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma was cheered wildly as he took a pot shot at United States President Barack Obama.