FORMER Hurungwe legislator, Temba Mliswa’s Youth Advocacy for Reform and Advocacy (Yard), has congratulated President Robert Mugabe on his new grandson, but said this was a sign that it was time he retires.
BY NQOBANI NDLOVU
Mugabe became a grandfather after his only daughter, Bona, and husband Simba Chikore, were blessed with a baby boy last month.
The baby, Simbanashe, was born in Singapore, where 92-year-old Mugabe met him for the first time over the weekend.
Yard national commander (administration), Delight Benge said the pressure group was calling on Mugabe to retire now that he had a grandson to spend time with.
“The coming in of the grandson is a sign that he is now of age. It is a sign that it is the time for a new generation to take over,” he said at the Bulawayo Press Club on Tuesday.
“It also comes as a sign to him that, indeed, that he really needs time to be with his grandson, instead of gallivanting across nations, leaving Zimbabwe burning.”
Zanu PF has shot down calls for Mugabe to retire, and has, instead, nominated him to represent the ruling party in the 2018 elections.
First Lady Grace Mugabe has even suggested that a special wheelchair should be made for the 92-year-old leader.
Just last week, Mugabe, during the Fort Hare centenary celebrations in South Africa, said he had no plans to retire anytime soon, as he was fighting regime change agents.
The statements attracted scorn from opposition parties.