'I Never Thought Mnangagwa Would Betray Me' – Mugabe
It appears Zimbabawe’s ousted leader, Robert Mugabe is yet to come to terms with reality.
Mugabe was forced out through a bloodless coup after ruling Zimbabwe for 37 years.
In an interview broadcast on Thursday, Mugabe said he never thought the new President Emmerson Mnangagwa would turn against him.
He also said the Mnangagwa’s move to oust him last year was wrong.
Mugabe was seen by many Zimbabweans as a liberation hero but many more remember him for turning a promising country into an economic basket case and international outcast.
Mnangagwa, who was deputy president under Mugabe, has now promised to open up Zimbabwe to foreign investment and mend ties with the West.
“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 in the interview with South African state broadcaster SABC from Harare.
Mnangagwa was convicted of sabotage under white minority rule and sentenced to death.
But he was spared the noose because it was deemed that he was a minor when he had committed the crime.
Mugabe insists that he was ousted in a “military takeover” and that Mnangagwa had assumed the presidency illegally.
“I don’t hate Emmerson, I brought him into government. But he must be proper, he is improper where he is. Illegal,” Mugabe said.
“We must undo this disgrace, which we have imposed on ourselves. We don’t deserve it.”
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