Mugabe cried!

For Zimbabwe’s ousted former president, letting go of power was like expecting tears from stone.

So, it was understandable when the grand old man of African politics shed tears like a baby and lamented betrayal when he agreed to step down last week under pressure from the military and his party after 37 years in power.

Zimbabwe’s Standard newspaper in its Sunday edition, quoted sources within Mugabe’s inner circle as saying that Mugabe, who is a devout Catholic, even held a rosary (catholic praying bead) as he told his close associates and a team of negotiators at his “Blue House” Harare mansion that he was resigning.

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“He looked down and said, ‘people were chameleons’,” one of the sources was quoted as saying.

The state-owned Sunday Mail quoted Father Fidelis Mukonori, a Jesuit priest who is a close Mugabe friend and mediated his resignation with the military, as saying Mugabe’s face “just glowed” after he signed the resignation letter.

“So, we are not talking about a bitter man. I told him that it was good for him to see someone running the country...,” Mukonori told the Sunday Mail.

Mugabe’s fall after 37 years in power was spurred by a battle to succeed him that pitted Mnangagwa, who had stood by him for 52 years, and Mugabe’s wife Grace, who is 52.

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