- Title: Zimbabwe's Mugabe tells allies to stop fighting over his successor
- Date: 2nd June 2017
- Summary: MUGABE STANDING IN TENT MUGABE SEATED MUGABE TAKING A TISSUE FROM FIRST LADY GRACE MUGABE / RUBBING HIS EYES MUGABE ON PODIUM (SOUNDBITE) (Shona and English) ZIMBABWE PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE SAYING: "We do not want that (factionalism), it destroys the party and it kills the party. To the other leaders in the party, I say stop it, stop it, stop it," FIRST LADY GRACE MUGABE LISTENING TO SPEECH
- Embargoed: 16th June 2017 19:41
- Keywords: successor politics rally Zimbabwe president Mugabe
- Location: MARONDERA, ZIMBABWE
- City: MARONDERA, ZIMBABWE
- Country: Zimbabwe
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0026JL77T3
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- Story Text: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe called on Friday (June 2) for unity in his ruling ZANU-PF party, which has been riven by infighting over who will eventually succeed the world's oldest leader.
Mugabe, 93, has ruled the southern African nation since independence from Britain in 1980 and wants to seek another five-year term next year, his last under the constitution, despite concerns over his health.
The veteran leader, who looks increasingly frail, has made two trips this year to Singapore for medical checks, which his spokesman said were related to his eyes. Private media have reported that Mugabe has prostate cancer, which officials deny.
Addressing a ZANU-PF youth rally in Marondera town, some 70 kilometres (43 miles) east of the capital Harare, Mugabe said different party factions were preoccupied with plotting how to take over from him, saying some of the plots had assumed tribal overtones.
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