- Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party has taken a grim view of Robert Mugabe’s first public interview last week
- Last week Mugabe told reporters his successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was an illegitimate president
- Party officials said they would meet to discuss whether Mugabe still deserved the special status (immunity from prosecution) given to him
Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party has threatened to expel former president Robert Mugabe and strip him of his immunity privileges as a former head of state.
Zanu-PF officials took a grim view of Mugabe’s first interview since stepping down as president. Mugabe spoke to reporters last week.
During the interview, Mugabe lashed out at his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa for the way he came to power. Mugabe said Mnangagwa was imposed on the people of Zimbabwe by the army and was an illegitimate leader.
Briefly.co.za discovered that Zanu-PF officials will meet to discuss whether Mugabe still deserved the special status (meaning Mugabe’s immunity from prosecution) which the party had given him.
Zanu-PF leaders are also said to be in shock by Mugabe’s decision to meet with Ambrose Mutinhiri who started the National Patriotic Front (NPF) with the goal of defeating Zanu-PF in the upcoming election.
Mugabe reportedly gave his blessing to the NPF and said Zimbabwe needed more leader like Mutinhiri to undo the disgraceful actions of last November.
Mnangagwa is reported to have wanted Mugabe to act as a kind of political father figure, he said former leaders should not involve themselves in active politics and in particular should not side with opposition parties.
"If the party is satisfied that he has violated that principle, he will lose his Zanu-PF membership, he will also lose the privileges and immunities accorded to a former head of state and forfeit the respect he was enjoying," Mnangagwa said.
Mnangagwa’s spokesperson said Mugabe was entitled to express himself freely as a private citizen, but added that Zimbabwe had moved on from Mugabe’s resignation last November.
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