- Robert Mugabe has given his first interview since resigning as Zimbabwe’s president last November
- Mugabe called what happened to him a coup d’état and said the disgraceful action needed to be undone
- He admitted that at 94-years of age he no longer wanted to be the president
Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has given his first interview since he was forced to resign in November of last year.
The 94-year old spoke slowly but clearly in the interview conducted by the SABC. Mugabe called what happened to him a coup d’état and said the disgraceful action needed to be undone.
“We must undo this disgrace which we have imposed on ourselves, we don’t deserve it… Zimbabwe doesn’t deserve it,” Mugabe said.
Briefly.co.za discovered that Mugabe admitted that at his age, he had no desire to be president again. “I don’t want to be president, no of course,” he said. “I’m now 94.”
Mugabe denied reports that he hated his former deputy and current president Emmerson Mnangagwa. He did, however, say that Mnangagwa had betrayed Zimbabwe and that his presidency was illegal and unconstitutional.
Mugabe said Mnangagwa had come into power without following democratic procedures, he said he was willing and able to assist and in the process of electing leaders in a proper manner, but he said he should be invited to give assistance.
Political analysts say Mugabe’s statements came at a significant political time. Zimbabwe is preparing for all-important elections in August during which Mnangagwa faces his first electoral test.
The eyes of the world will focus in on Zimbabwe to see whether the country really has moved forward from the dark days of Mugabe’s rule.
Mugabe sent shockwaves through the ruling Zanu-PF party when he met with and gave his blessing to a newly formed political party, the National Patriotic Front (NPF).
The NPF hopes to take control from Zanu-PF after the elections.
Meanwhile, the initial jubilation and optimism among ordinary Zimbabweans following Mugabe’s resignation has evaporated. Many ordinary people feel disenchanted with Mnangagwa and feel as if the faces have changed but the nature of the beast is still the same.
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