Mugabe: Mnangagwa Presidency “Illegal”

March 16, 2018

Former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, has described the presidency of Emmerson Mnangagwa as “illegal” and “unconstitutional”.

The nonagenarian was giving his first TV interview – with South Africa’s SABC broadcaster – since he was ousted by the military in November last year.

Mugabe described his departure from office as a “coup d’etat” that “we must undo”.

He added: “We must undo this disgrace which we have imposed on ourselves, we don’t deserve it… Zimbabwe doesn’t deserve it.”

In another interview, with Britain’s ITV News, however, Mugabe said that he himself does not want to be president again, because he is now 94 years old.

He said that he does not hate Mnangagwa, but that he will not work with him, because he was not chosen by the people to lead.

Presidential polls are due by the end of August, in which the new president will face his first major electoral test.

Mugabe’s interviews were reportedly organised by the new National Patriotic Front (NPF) party, which hopes to unseat Mnangagwa’s government in the next election, and which Mugabe has thrown his support behind.