Mu­gabe‘fear­ing for his life’un­der Mnan­gagwa regime

African Times - - International / Africa - DANAI MWARUMBA & MERCY MUJURU IN HARARE, ZIM­BABWE

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.

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