Mugabe‘fearing for his life’under Mnangagwa regime
FORMER Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, says his family is living in fear from the regime of his successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The aged politician (94) alleged spies of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) had been deployed to monitor his family since his ouster in a military coup last November.
Mugabe raised the allegations while briefing President Teodoro Obiang
Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea during the latter’s two-day state visit to Zimbabwe. “The purpose of the meeting was for Nguema to get an understanding of how
his friend (Mugabe) was coping and if he had challenges,” a source privy
to the meeting said.
“The old man (Mugabe) did not hide his frustration with the ED (Emmerson
Dambudzo) Manangagwa regime and what he had hoped would happen,” he said.
Mugabe was nudged out of power during the infighting in the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF).
Manangagwa, then his deputy, fled to neighbouring South Africa through
Mozambique after alleged attempts on his life by a faction supporting then-first lady Grace Mugabe, to jail or assassinate him on allegations of planning a coup against Mugabe. He later returned to become president after the intervention of the military.
Speaking at a memorial service over weekend, Mnangagwa said he would not seek retribution against members of the rival ZANUPF faction.
“Have you ever heard me preaching the gospel of hate?” Mnangagw quipped.
Mnangagwa saw Nguema off at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International
Airport in Harare Equatorial Guinea and Zimbabwe enjoy cordial relations after Mugabe’s
government arrested mercenaries on their way to staging a coup against
Mbasogo in 2004.