Mnangagwa Says Elderly Mugabe Has Dementia ,Must Not Be Listened to As He Is Forgetful

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Wednesday he is not bothered by former President Robert Mugabe’s negative comments about his presidency.

Mnangagwa, who is in Rwanda attending an extraordinary summit of the African Union, said the 94-year-old Mugabe is now forgetful due to advanced age and should not be taken seriously, state-run news agency New Ziana reported.

Mnangagwa was responding to a question on media claims that Mugabe may not vote for him in elections set for mid year.

“The former president is our founding father, we respect him. He is now 94 and he is bound to forget what he says,” Mnangagwa said.

“If you ask him again, he will tell you I will support ED (Mnangagwa’s initials),” he said.

Mugabe last week granted a media interview in which he complained that he was forced out of power through a “military coup.”

In the televised interview, his first since his resignation last November, Mugabe claimed Mnangagwa’s administration was illegitimate and indicated his willingness to meet with the new president to resolve the matter.

Mnangagwa responded to Mugabe’s claims, saying the nation had “moved on” and was now preoccupied with preparations for polls.

There have been media reports also linking Mugabe to the newly formed opposition National Patriotic Front, which is believed to comprise members mainly from the so-called G40 faction fronted by the former first lady Grace Mugabe.

Zimbabwe President ED Mnangagwa Releases Thousands From Prison

ED Mnangagwa is commuting death sentences for some prisoners and releasing thousands of people from prison, including most women and everyone under age 18.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s announcement Wednesday is an effort to ease overcrowded prisons. He has said he is against the death penalty because he once survived hanging when the southern African nation was still colonial Rhodesia.

Nearly 100 people are on death row in the country of 13 million. Those on it for at least a decade are having their sentences commuted to life in prison.

Zimbabwe’s last execution was in 2005, partly because no one was willing to be the hangman.

All women except those serving life sentences are being freed. Also freed are prisoners who are disabled or terminally ill and those sentenced to life before Feb. 28, 1998.

About 3,000 prisoners are expected to benefit, said prison deputy commissioner-general Alford Mashango Dube. He said the current prison population is about 20,000 and capacity is 17,000.

Zimbabwe’s former leader Robert Mugabe in November said he was considering resuming executions. But weeks later Mnangagwa took power with the military’s assistance after factional fighting within the ruling party.

Shock As Mnangagwa Appoints Serving Soldier Who Killed MDC-T Members In 2008 As Senior Principal Director In Chiwenga’s Office

President Emmerson Mnangagwa ‘s decision to appoint a serving  Major-General Grey Mashava as the Senior Principal Director in the Office of Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga and Ministry of Defence and War Veterans Affairs has set tongues wagging raising suspicion ahead of a crucial July poll.

By Gift Kugara

Mashava, in 2008 was among military personnel deployed to lead and run ZANU-PF election campaigns where opposition members were brutally killed. He was based in Chiredzi West

The move by Mnangagwa is seen as rewarding the military that ushered him to power following a coup de at in November 2017.

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Mnangagwa appointed Chiwenga, who led the military takeover that helped end ex-president Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule, as one of the country two vice presidents in December.

On March 20, Mnangagwa promoted 21 Army officers, 20 were promoted on February 27 and 6 were promoted on 18  January 2018 taking his tally to 47 senior officers in less than 6 months in Office.

Zimbabweans reacted angrily on social media .