Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe,in an interview broadcast on Thursday in Harare said,he never thought President Emmerson Mnangagwa would turn against him and denounced Mnangagwa’s move to oust him in 2017 as a coup.
Mnangagwa, who was Deputy President under Mugabe, promised to open up Zimbabwe to foreign investment and mend ties with the West since assuming power.
The remarks made by former president Robert Mugabe that Mnangagwa’s presidency was “illegal.” that his departure from office in November is a “coup d’etat” that “we must undo”.
Mugabe said in the interview with South African state broadcaster SABC from Harare.”I say it was a coup d’etat — some people have refused to call it a coup d’etat,”
Meanwhile, President Mnangagwa disclosed that Mugabe was entitled to “express himself freely, as is the case for any private citizen.”
“The Zimbabwe government continues to honour all its obligations towards the former president’s welfare and benefits, as provided for under the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
“The nation has moved on. Our focus at this time shall remain on preparing for free, fair and credible elections in 2018. This is a key step in the immense task at hand, which is to lift our people from the effects of years of severe economic regression and international isolation,” he said.
The 94 years old Mugabe said, “I don’t hate Emmerson, I brought him into government. But he must be proper, he is improper where he is. Illegal. We must undo this disgrace, which we have imposed on ourselves. We don’t deserve it.”
“I have no desire to return to power. “I don’t want to be president, no of course. I’m now 94.”
“I did not hate my successor President Mnangagwa, 75, but alleged that he had “betrayed the whole nation”.
Mnangagwa was convicted of sabotage under white minority rule and sentenced to death.
Mugabe, ruled Zimbabwe from independence in 1980 until he stepped down under pressure from Mnangagwa’s allies in the army in November