Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's health and the ongoing factional fights within his ruling Zanu-PF party may derail the country's 2018 elections, a political analyst Ibbo Mandaza has reportedly said.
According to New Zimbabwe, Mandaza, who is also a published, said this while opening a two day media stakeholders' conference in Harare on Wednesday.
"There are possibilities that elections may not take place. Do you think that there would be elections if the old man (Mugabe) fell dead tomorrow? Can you see elections taking place? What if he is declared two weeks before elections incapacitated and unable to even move in a wheelchair, will there be elections?," Mandaza was quoted as saying.
Mandaza also warned the West not to be "excited" by the poll rhetoric, the report said.