President Robert Mugabe has launched his re-election campaign with a warning to a 15-member southern African regional bloc, that Zimbabwe could withdraw.
Harare – Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe launched a “fight of our life” campaign on Friday to extend his three-decade grip on power in a 31 July election already being criticised as poorly planned, underfunded and plagued with irregularities.
Speaking to tens of thousands of supporters in a sports ground in Harare’s Highfield township, the 89-year-old said his Zanu-PF party wanted to stay in office to push through its plans to increase black ownership of the economy.
Critics accuse Mugabe, who led the former Rhodesia to independence from Britain in 1980, of ruining one of Africa‘s most promising economies by seizing white-owned farms and giving them to landless blacks with no farming experience.
“This is the fight of our lives. This is a battle for survival,” Mugabe told the crowd, adding that Zanu-PF had reorganised and strengthened itself for a “devastating victory” after nearly losing power five years ago…