Mugabe calls his ouster a coup d’etat and a disgrace, wants it undone

Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has for the first time publicly condemned his removal from office by the military last year saying he feels betrayed by the incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who he brought into government.
He described his departure from office in November as a “coup d’etat” that “we must undo.”
The defiant former leader, spoke slowly but clearly in his first TV interviews since he was removed from the top job, from an office in Harare.
“It was truly a military takeover. We must undo this disgrace,” Mr Mugabe said of his swift removal from power in November that saw Emmerson Mnangagwa installed in the first transfer of power in almost 40 years.
“I say it was a coup d’etat — some people have refused to call it a coup d’etat,” Mugabe went on.
“We must undo this disgrace which we have imposed on ourselves, we don’t deserve it… Zimbabwe doesn’t deserve it.”
Mr. Mnangagwa, known as “The Crocodile” during Zimbabwe’s early years of independence, had been expelled from the country last year as Mrs Mugabe positioned herself to take over her husband’s legacy, but was spirited into the country with the backing of the military who put the Mugabes under house arrest in an almost bloodless takeover.
Mr. Mugabe said his dismissal from power must be seen as a coup. “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.
“I don’t hate Emmerson. I brought him into government,” he added of the former revolutionary freedom fighter. “But he must be proper. He is illegal.”
Mr. Mugabe said he was ready to engage with Mr. Mnangagwa “to correct things”, adding: “We don’t deserve this. Please, we don’t deserve it.”
Since his fall from power, Mugabe has stayed at his Harare mansion with his wife Grace. His ousting was the culmination of a power struggle between Mnangagwa and Grace Mugabe, who was being groomed by her husband as his potential successor.
Mugabe was granted immunity from prosecution and assured that his safety will be protected in his home country under a deal that led to his resignation.
Mugabe quit as parliament began a process to impeach him, triggering wild celebrations in the streets.


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