- Robert Mugabe has expressed his bitterness for the way he was forced out of office
- The former Zimbabwean president said the rift between him and current president Emmerson Mnangagwa was escalating
- Mugabe reportedly said he would never endorse Mnangagwa’s hypocrisy and brutality
Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has expressed his bitterness over the manner in which he was removed from office. The 94-year old former president blames his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa for toppling him.
Mugabe said the rift between himself and Mnangagwa was escalating and made it clear that he had no plans to meet with his former deputy to find common ground.
Mugabe’s 37-year reign over Zimbabwe came to an abrupt and bloodless end last November during a ‘soft coup’ in which the military led by Mnangagwa forced him to relinquish power.
Briefly.co.za gathered that certain ministers and high-ranking members of the ruling Zanu-PF party have been lobbying Mugabe to take the role of liberation hero, father of the nation and patriarch of the party.
This would involve Mugabe living his life quietly and out of the public eye apart from occasional public appearances to bless the current administration.
It appears as though Mugabe has other ideas. Recent reports have linked him to the newly formed political party the National Patriotic Front (NPF) which was established by former Zanu-PF official Ambrose Mutinhiri.
Mutinhiri told local news agencies that he could not see Mugabe making peace with Mnangagwa. He said Mugabe expressed his anger towards Mnangagwa when he visited with the former leader.
Mugabe said: "How does he think I believe their claim that they are about upholding the legacy of the president, my legacy, when I’m down because of them and when they have been dragging me in the mud?
Mugabe said he would never endorse Mnangagwa. “This man says he wants me to endorse him, what will I be endorsing? Hypocrisy? Brutality against the people?”
Last week Mnangagwa expressed his concern about reports which linked Mugabe to the NPF and a possible return to mainstream politics in Zimbabwe.
Do you have a story to share with Briefly? Visit our Facebook page where you can send us a message or leave us a comment. Your story could be shared online.