News:Former Zanu PF member urges Mugabe to make a succession plan

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Speaking to a local publication at the sidelines of David Coltart's book launch last week, former Zanu-PF politburo member Cephas Msipa said,

"Mugabe must put the country first. At the moment, Zimbabweans do not know what tomorrow holds and are literally groping in the dark. Forget about elections in 2018 and do something now. I cannot force Mugabe to step down, but given his age, I think it’s important for him to find a solution now. Zimbabweans are asking what happens when he goes. It is a problem and scary scenario."

Msipa also said that Mugabe should make a succession plan now and that he should emulate Tanzanian leader Julius Nyerere,

"I am not asking him to re-invent the wheel. There are examples all over, like Nyerere did in Tanzania. He needs to really think about it and understand that a peaceful transition will be the best thing he could bequeath to this country. Zimbabweans might actually forgive him for everything he is accused of having done in the past three-and-half decades. He needs to say to himself: ‘I do not want this country to sink with me, I want it to prosper’. There are quite a number of elders in the country who would be willing to help and I will be willing to assist in that process as well.”

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