Malema who was in Zimbabwe last week at the invitation of Zanu PF said in a radio interview on Friday that Zanu PF needed to groom young leaders to take over from Mugabe and his party leadership brass most of whom have reached their prime age.
“We want to help Zanu PF resolve it problems and support the youth of the party,” said Malema who on Thursday called a BBC correspondent, a “bastard” and chucked him off his press conference.
“We told Zanu PF leaders when we were in Zimbabwe that you need to produce leaders for Zanu PF moving forward,” said Malema who was last last year repeatedly saying Mugabe must go.
“If President Mugabe leaves today when nature decides to take its course then Zanu PF will be confronted with a challenge of providing
Asked if he has changed his mind on whether Mugabe must go, the controversial youth leader, said his view remained the same but said, “Mugabe has started something on freeing Zimbabwe’s economy so he must be allowed to finish the project.”
“We told President Mugabe that there should be an election and that we do not approve the use of violent means of taking land and political power,” said Malema. “If you are engaged in political issues don’t use pangas to cut people’s hands and take out their eyes.”
Zimbabwe was engulfed in scenes of violence in 2008 after March general elections which left about 500 predominantly MDC supporters
dead. The violence is blamed on Mugabe’s Zanu PF party members and members of the army and secret security agents.
“We would not want to be associated with a political organisation that uses violence to get into power. We have invited Zanu PF youths to our 2011 local government elections so that we can teach them political organisation and how to convince people to vote for them,” said
However in Zimbabwe names such as Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and Vice Presidents Joice Mujuru and John Nkomo have often been mentioned as possible successors to Mugabe.