Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has called for the international community not to recognise the new administration led by his longtime trusted friend Emmerson Mnangagwa saying he was removed illegally and he is illegitimate.
So bitter is Mugabe, 94 that he even suggested that Mnangagwa should be placed on international sanctions, arrested and tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC) based in The Hague, the world’s only permanent international tribunal that looks into war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Mugabe said members of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) were bashed by members of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA). He said some members of the CIO are missing to this day, suggesting that the army abducted or killed them. Said, Mugabe:
The army made sure that the other organs of State were nuetralised. Completely nuetralised. They nuetralised the Central Intelligence Organisation. Many of whose members were bashed with heads cracked and this is not an exaggeration. Some of them are missing to this day. Their guns were taken away from them. The police had their armory completely emptied. Their guns had gone, disappeared. Who had taken them?-The army. And then in our environment, rolled what we never knew we hadsome tanks. If we had these tanks I was told they are ancient ones. 1914 to 1918 tanks. T63 or 60-something. There they were rolling, amoured cars running and people not allowed to move from one place to another unless they got the permission of the army. Searches were taking place left, right and center. Persons being arrested. It was truly a military takeover. There was no movement permissible unless that movement was checked and allowed by the army. That is what it was. I would not know what you would want to call it.
- Robert Mugabe In a Series Of Interviews With Foreign Journalists
- Robert Mugabe’s Unruly Son Chatunga Parks Car In Disabled Bay
- “ED Thinks I Am An Idiot”:Fuming Robert Mugabe Says He Will Not Endorse Or Negotiate With Mnangagwa
- Robert Mugabe Blasts President Mnangagwa For Taking Military Tanks to Fight His Young Wife Grace
- Ousted Robert Mugabe Said Mnangagwa Has No Chance Of Winning 2018 Elections
He went on to say: “ED says he wants me to endorse him, what will I be endorsing? Hypocrisy? Brutality against the people?
“The killing and battering of children (CIO and police officers) who worked with me? No, no, no; I’m not an idiot.
“The political and illegal arrests must stop if the military regime is true to its claims that it is about upholding the legacy of the president. Why is it doing these injustices?”
Mugabe said he never thought Mnangagwa would turn against him and denounced Mnangagwa’s move to oust him last year as a coup, in an interview broadcast on Thursday.