Mnangagwa 'betrayed the whole nation': Mugabe

Robert Mugabe used his first interviews since being ousted from power to attack his former ally's 'undemocratic' takeover

Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has described the military takeover that led to his resignation past year as a coup d'etat, in his first TV interview since he stepped down.

Speaking during a press conference on Thursday night, Mugabe described his removal as a "coup".

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says former head of state and government Robert Mugabe, who was removed from power last November, tendered his resignation instead of being forced to step down by the army.

"(...) We must undo this disgrace we have imposed on ourselves", he said.

Since his fall from power, Mugabe has stayed at his Harare mansion with his wife Grace. "I'm now 94." Mugabe told both interviewers he did not hate his successor President Mnangagwa, 75, but alleged that he had "betrayed the whole nation".

A legal expert Advocate Thabani Mpofu has castigated as illogical the recent utterances by former president Robert Mugabe that he was deposed through a coup de tat and said the former president had resigned constitutionally and President Emmerson Mnangagwa was constitutionally appointed by his party Zanu PF to complete Mr Mugabe's term.

"I am excited and overwhelmed", he said, adding "it's a Lacoste brand tie".

Mr Mambeu weighed in saying Mr Mugabe must be suffering from amnesia and he must understand that Zimbabwe had had enough of him and President Mnangagwa was legitimately appointed to replace him to avoid a vacuum.

It was Mugabe's first public statement since his resignation in November which was triggered by a brief military takeover and the threat of a no-confidence motion tabled in parliament by his own ZANU-PF party.

The military moved against Mugabe after he sacked his then-deputy and heir-apparent Mnangagwa, seemingly fearing the nonagenarian was grooming Grace to succeed him as president.

"I never thought. [Mnangagwa] would be the man who turned against me", said Mugabe.

"Today he appears on foreign media which he banned and claims he must be invited to a transitional process for Zimbabwe #RetireInPeaceBob".

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