President Robert MugabeZimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 91, has said he will retire properly. This is the first time he has hinted on his possible retirement.

According to the State-owned Sunday Mail newspaper, the nonagenarian made this disclosure on Monday. Mugabe said that if he were to retire, he would do so “properly”. It was however, not clear what he meant by “properly”.

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Mugabe said this during a meeting with war collaborators in Harare over the weekend. He said that he had “fend off the West’s spirited machinations to destroy Zanu-PF and the ideals the party stands for.”

The veteran leader said he believed he had now “defeated the British and Americans”.

Meanwhile, the veteran leader has also admitted that the country’s economy is crumbling. According to a report by eNCA, he said he understood times were difficult in Zimbabwe.

“We are in a critical time for regime change”.

Endorsed For 2018 Elections

However, the state broadcaster, ZBC, has reported that several Zanu-PF provinces had endorsed Mugabe for the 2018 elections.

According to the report, Mashonaland West, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West and Matabeleland South provinces “all passed a confidence vote to Mugabe’s leadership.”

If Mugabe is re-elected, he will only retire in 2023, when he turns 99.