Zimbabwean activist Pastor Evan Mawarire of #ThisFlag, who is currently facing charges of subversion after leading protests demanding that President Robert Mugabe step down, says the problem Zimbabwe is currently facing are bigger than Mugabe.
“He is a figurehead of a system,” he told NewZimbabwe.Com.
“I don’t want to take away from the fact that the individual had a role to play in these challenges, but there is a system of corruption and abuse. He could die tomorrow or next week, and then what?”
Mawarire said he was ready to challenge Mugabe at next year’s elections.
“It is a question I have had to answer now, particularly because in Zimbabwe everyone is asking about the question of leadership,” he said.
“Public office is something I hold in very high regard. I have chosen to keep that door open and to be available for the job of public office.”
The Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front has already proposed Mugabe as its presidential candidate for next year’s elections.
Mugabe turned 93 on Tuesday and will be 94 before next year’s elections.
Ed: See my take on how Mugabe has survived in power this long