Following the public call by the leader of Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) Julius Malema on the Zimbabwean long serving President Robert Mugabe, the sit-tight commander  has responded for the first time to Malema’s call last month that he must step down.

According to Hinnewssa, Mugabe “brushed off” Malema’s utterances, saying the call to step down must come from his ruling Zanu-PF party.

“Do you listen to anything from Malema? Who is Malema? The call to step down must come from my party; my party at Congress; my party at Central Committee. [In such circumstances] I will step down,” Mugabe was quoted as saying.

The veteran leader said this during an interview with the state television, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), to mark his 93 rd birthday.