Robert Mugabe: ‘I am still in charge’
President Mugabe has finished speaking, ending his address by saying:
Journalists tell those you are representing, that Robert Mugabe is here to stay – I am still in charge.”
He has warned dissenting war veterans, a faction of whom last week withdrew their backing for the 92-year-old leader, that they would be punished.
“Once we find out who wrote that statement, the party will punish them.
During the war we had rebels who we punished… some by detaining them underground, feeding them there.”
He urged the war veterans to choose new leaders and urged them to be careful, saying “the enemy is trying to divide us”.
The president blamed the West for these divisions and masterminding the splits, in particular the British and US embassies.
He also threatened protesters with jail, as the country did not want violence.
They will taste prison food.”
Pastors of new churches also came in for criticism, and he warned they were just after money unlike established churches which built missions.
He also warned his supporters against the likes of Evan Mawarire – the pastor behind the #ThisFlag social media campaign that denounces the government’s management of the economy.
Once you go into politics, you are courting trouble.”
He ended with usual gusto:
I will continue to serve… I have the blessings of the people