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How Mugabe Was Convinced To Step Down: Father Fidelis Mukonori

Roman Catholic Priest, Father Fidelis Mukonori who was one of the mediators between former President Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) has revealed how he managed to convince Mugabe to step down:

In an interview, Father Fidelis Mukonori said that part of his strategy was to avoid arguing with Mugabe, but to try to convince him gradually. Said Mukonori

He (Mugabe) is a debater, he is a thinker, he argues intelligently, he can philosophise.

It was a question of making President Mugabe see what was happening in the country economically and politically at that time and what was at stake with regard to issues pertaining to the soldiers moving in.

Listening of a 93-year-old is not the same as listening of a 23-year-old or a 17-year-old

Mukonori also revealed that the solidarity marches held on Saturday the 18th of November moved Mugabe when he realised how many people had marched against him. said Mukonori:

It moved him. It moved him in this sense that he realised that they are speaking to say this is enough.

Robert Mugabe eventually resigned on Tuesday after the Senate and House of Assembly were in a joint sitting to impeach him.

More: The Standard

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