Mnangagwa Says Mugabe Tendered Resignation, Not Removed Violently By Zimbabwe Army

Marsha Scott
March 17, 2018

Mnangagwa Speaking for the first time in a television interview on Thursday night since his resignation in November 2017, Mugabe said Mnangagwa came to power via a coup and that he was willing to discuss with him to resolve the matter.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Friday the country has "moved on" following remarks made by former president Robert Mugabe that Mnangagwa's presidency was "illegal".

"(...) We must undo this disgrace we have imposed on ourselves", he said.

The 94-year-old former leader has stayed at his Harare mansion with his wife Grace since his fall from power.

Mugabe claims that he was violently removed from office by Mnangagwa, who was helped by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces five months ago.

A legal expert Advocate Thabani Mpofu has castigated as illogical the recent utterances by former president Robert Mugabe that he was deposed through a coup de tat and said the former president had resigned constitutionally and President Emmerson Mnangagwa was constitutionally appointed by his party Zanu PF to complete Mr Mugabe's term. "I wouldn't want to work with him", he was cited as saying by ANA.

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The military moved against Mugabe after he sacked his then-deputy and heir-apparent Mnangagwa, seemingly fearing the nonagenarian was grooming Grace to succeed him as president.

Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe from independence in the 1980s until he stepped down under pressure from the military previous year.

"I never thought he whom I had nurtured and brought into government and whose life I worked so hard in prison to save as he was threatened with hanging, that one day he would be the man who would turn against me", Mugabe said. Reflecting on his decades in power, which were marked by catastrophic economic policies, Mugabe remained adamant it had been a success story and any errors "weren't that bad".

The former strongman, however, told ITV News that his mistakes "weren't that bad", and that "in comparison to other countries in Africa, we have had greater prosperity here and people have their land".

However, when questioned about well documented human rights abuses throughout his tenure, Mugabe appeared more acknowledging of reality.

When asked about his regime's human rights abuses, Mugabe admitted, "We have been accused of that and on that side, yes some errors were done".

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