- Former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, is said to be bitter and angry about the military action which ousted him late last year
- Speaking at a birthday party thrown in his honour he said he feels he is owed an apology and expressed doubts that the party he had led for so many years, Zanu-PF could be trusted
- He also said he doubted that the party would win in the elections expected to be held this year
It was his party in more ways than one, and as the song goes, he would "cry" if he wanted to. Except Ex-President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe shed no tears as he tore into, Zanu-PF, the party he helped found, and led for decades.
Briefly.co.za learned that he has of late been saying his wife cries daily over the ill fortune which has befallen them. His anger and bitterness bubbled up like the froth on champagne, which no doubt flowed freely, at the party held in his honour to celebrate his 94th birthday.
With everyone's full attention at his disposal, he took the opportunity to share his feelings about the military action that toppled him from power late last year.
Among his comments, made at his Harare mansion to select invitees, were his opinion that the country’s new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, and the allies which helped him take power owed Mugabe an apology.
"They must accept and apologise that what they did was wrong," he reportedly said to guests including ex-members of his former cabinet speaking in a manner described as full of “Anger and Bitterness” by local observers.
Prominent newspaper publisher Trevor Ncube described the speech on Twitter: "In his speech at this 94th birthday celebrations Robert Mugabe sounds like he will start an opposition political party. Anger and bitterness have overtaken him."
Mugabe seemed to suggest that he had been approached by the ruling party which still wanted to work with him ahead of elections in July, but he felt they couldn't be trusted after how they had treated him, asking: "Can they be trusted again? Can our people vote for such a Zanu-PF, a Zanu-PF which shredded the constitution? I don't know."
Meanwhile, his take on the unconsitutional manner of his fall from power is not shared by the head of the AU commission Moussa Faki Mahamat who visited Zimbabwe last week. Mahamat reportedly told state media that Zimbabwe’s political transition was in line with its laws and constitution.
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