President Robert Mugabe today said politics kept him ticking and something told him “no, no, no, no, no, no, no you can’t retire. We will give you more time to fight the enemy”.
He said this in part two of an interview with the Namibian government-owned daily New Era. The interview was done last week and part one was published on Friday.
Mugabe was asked: Aside from the politics, can you brief us on what makes you keep ticking despite your age?
Mugabe: “Despite my age, it’s politics that keeps me ticking. It gives life to me when I think that there are people who would want to undermine our revolutionary gains – then my whole life comes and I get something telling me no, no, no, no, no, no, no you can’t retire, we will give you more time to fight the enemy.
“It’s the zeal to fight but, of course, to tell the truth, it also has to do with the gift which you derive from your parents. If you have a strong body, the elements that make for a long life, well and good. So it’s the genes, I suppose.
“Our parents, our parents were healthy parents. Healthy parents beget healthy children by and large and children look after themselves. There is a bit of that also on my part – I don’t drink, I don’t smoke and I have annual check-ups on my health and so on. So, I keep going.
“I know what to eat and what not to eat. When I used to eat lots of beef, beef, beef, my late wife used to call us meaters. You know she was Ghanaian – she would say ‘you Zimbabweans are meaters, you like lots of meat.’ For short – meat eaters – meaters.
“They rely on fish, much more on fish. In Namibia it’s beef and fish, it’s a combination. So, that’s that, but you can’t eat too much of it, there comes a time when you feel you know you should take less, less protein and the doctors tell you that also.”