African leaders wanted Mugabe to resign because he was an “embarrassment”

A cable by the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) seen by Reuters states that African leaders wanted President Robert Mugabe to step down because he was an embarrassment.

The cable dated 23 October also says Mugabe spoke to South African President Jacob Zuma about his rivalry with former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose sacking prompted the army intervention. In another cable seen by Reuter, intelligence officials had warned Mugabe he would face “fierce resistance from the military” if Mnangagwa was removed. The cable states that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) led by Zuma was pressuring Mugabe to resign and Zuma had suggested offering him a senior African Union.

However, Zuma’s spokesman, Bongani Ngqulunga, dismissed the account as “completely untrue and scandalous”. “President Jacob Zuma did not communicate with President Mugabe about former Vice-President Mnangagwa at all about the issues you mention.”


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Robert Mugabe was a politician and the former President of Zimbabwe. He was the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe from 1987 to November 2017. Prior to this, he was the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe since the attainment of independence in 1980. Mugabe resigned from... Read More About President Mugabe

Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa a politician and the First Secretary of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front. On the 3rd of August 2018 ZEC Chairperson Priscilla Chigumba announced that Mnangagwa had won the popular vote by 50.8% ,hence he was duly elected to be the president... Read More About Emmerson Mnangagwa

The Central Intelligence Organisation otherwise known as the CIO is an arm of the Zimbabwe security sector whose line of work is inherently classified. For a very long time the organisation and its operations have ignited public debate and fueled speculation. Read More About Central Intelligence Organisation

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3 comments on “African leaders wanted Mugabe to resign because he was an “embarrassment”

  1. This is the first time I’ve seen Robert Mugabe was the FORMER president of Zimbabwe. Well done pindula for keeping your pages so current

  2. That;s very strange coz ain’t this the same guys who wined, dance, and benefited from Mugabe rule? He was on every rally and the last one he was dancing with Mrs Mugabe and now this speech. I thought they’re the ones who died to have him stay is that not hypocrisy?

    1. so true, the hypocricy of Africas ‘powerful’ men and women is palpable, Dlamini Zuma cheered his murambatsvina, Zuma tried to keep him there, Malema licked his boots, the A.U. are sad to see him go…drain the swamp, Zim was a good place to start

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African leaders wanted Mugabe to resign because he was an “embarrassment”