Mugabe claims Mnangagwa’s presidency is “illegal”
Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has said that he doesn’t want to be president considering his age and is only opposed to the manner in which he was forced out of power.
Mugabe still considers his exit from power a “coup d’etat” that “we must undo”, signalling his willingness to help in that process.
He told the media in Harare that he doesn’t hate the current president Emmerson Mnangagwa but was willing to dialogue with him to correct the wrongs that brought him to power.
Mugabe claimed that his successor “betrayed the whole nation” describing his presidency as “illegal” and “unconstitutional”.
“I say it was a coup d’etat – some people have refused to call it a coup d’etat,” Mugabe said stressing that Zimbabwe “must undo this disgrace which we have imposed on ourselves, we don’t deserve it… Zimbabwe doesn’t deserve it.”
“People must be chosen in government in a proper way. I’m willing to discuss, willing to assist in that process – but I must be invited,” he said.
The former Zimbabwean leader also told the media in an interview broadcast by South Africa’s SABC on Thursday that “I don’t want to be president, no of course, I’m now 94.”
Last week President Mnangagwa warned Robert Mugabe against having links with a new political party seeking to rival the ruling Zanu-PF.
Reports have been rife over the past weeks about the formation of a new political group called the National Patriotic Front (NPF) ahead of general elections this year.
The new party is being led by former Zimbabwe cabinet minister and ally of Mugabe, Ambrose Murinhiri with the pair seen together in photographs.
President Mnangagwa told a Zanu-PF Youth League national assembly in Harare that he is “unhappy” with the latest developments and was “investigating” the matter.