Robert Mugabe Says Those Who wants Him to Retire are the Judas Iscariot of Our Time

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe on Thursday has likened those trying to push him into retirement to the biblical betrayer, Judas. The 93-year-old Mugabe, one of the world’s oldest leaders, has been in power since Zimbabwe, then called Rhodesia, gained independence from Britain in 1980.

He intends to seek another five-year term at elections due in 2018. In public, his party, ZANU-PF, has rallied behind its aging leader.

But in private its members are deeply divided over his continued leadership and who will eventually take over from him.

Mugabe, who has repeatedly said his party will choose his successor when the time comes, said he was going nowhere and accused some party officials of supporting him during the day while plotting against him behind his back.

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“Others are like those that Jesus spoke about during his last supper when he said ‘some of you eating with me here shall betray me’.

The Judas Iscariot. They are here among us,” Mugabe said during the burial of a party member.

“They want to cause leadership change … for the president to step down.

“I did not grab power. I was chosen by the people. It’s the people’s throne, so I don’t want with it,” he said to loud cheers from some party members.

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