I Was Forced To Resign, Mnangagwa Is In Power Illegally, Elections Will Not Be Free And Fair: Mugabe Tells AU Chair

Former president Robert Mugabe is reported to have told African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat that Zimbabwe is now under military rule and that he was forced to resign last November. The former president also told the Mahamat that the 2018 elections will not be free and fair as the country is under military rule.  However, despite all this,  Mahamat endorsed Mnangagwa’s government.

According to notes from the Monday meeting which were quoted by the weekly publication, The Zimbabwe Independent, Mugabe said:

….At home, I worked closely with the late vice-president Joshua Nkomo to build a professional army hr our newly-independent and democratic state We had gone to war to fight to defeat and reject colonialism In the process we also rejected military rule and this has always been important and consistent with our liberation struggle principles that we will not allow the gun to lead politics. Our philosophy is politics leads the gun.

It is tragic and sad that in Zimbabwe since November 15 government and state institutions have been taken over by the military which is now part of the current unconstitutional administration.

I was pressured by the army to resign; I did so in order to avoid conflict and bloodshed in my country. I was worried because it had been brought to my attention that people had been intimidated, illegally seized, attacked, homes had been raided at gunpoint and destroyed, and weapons confiscated from other state security agencies.

The army had been unconstitutionally deployed without permission of the commander-in-chief and soldiers continue to be used in this operation. So from a constitutional point of view, he (Mnangagwa) is there unconstitutionally.

Mnangagwa is in power illegally, yet some of his officials dare call me a dictator. What dictator?

….Anyway, that’s situation on the ground in Zimbabwe. Now you want to know whether elections will be free and fair. Of course, I don’t think so. How can they be free and fair when the military is running everything?

...I’m going, to tell the truth; there is no more democracy anymore in Zimbabwe. How can it be Is there when the military is ruling? I’m saying this as Robert Mugabe and, of course, I am not afraid of anyone. I was imprisoned for 11 years by the Rhodesians so there is nothing to fear.

Please don’t appease them. Be honest and tell them the truth. guide them forward. We want you to assist to restore normalcy and democracy in the country and stop this thing of ruling through guns.

More: The Zimbabwe Independent


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19 comments on “I Was Forced To Resign, Mnangagwa Is In Power Illegally, Elections Will Not Be Free And Fair: Mugabe Tells AU Chair

  1. By his so called legal rule, the country is the sorry state that it is today. He could afford to go countless times to Singapore for treatment, resources that could have been used to build a state of the art hospital and equip it in his own country which would have helped the rest of the country than waste on himself. How did he also manage to build an expensive mansion at a time when the country was reeling in poverty? We want leadership that sees the whole country progress.

  2. he’s a greedy old man he thought he was the only one who can rule the country. many Zimbabweans are on self imposed exile bicoz of him

  3. Mugabe you such a shame if it’s really you. You destroyed our nation when you were in power and now you want to divide people when it’s the time for us Zimbabweans to unite and revive our nation. You should be enjoying the blue roof they left because you were supposed to be left naked coz of what you did to our nation, stop your mind games and enjoy your life under your blue roof.

  4. He’s a nonsense old man. He ruled us with iron first. Sad he can even pronounce free and fair. Have there been any free and fair elections in Zimbabwe. Ngaatisiye uko. In fact the army just hang this foolish man.

  5. Shame on you Mugabe you still want benefits after 37 years of killing and looting from the country you never did anything for the youths am very happy this time you are going to vote for MDC to be honest us youths we do not want you nor your ex zanu pf mese hamuite Imo mu zanu macho hamuna ma youth Makangoisa zara madhara ari greedy and old I wounder if they can use whatsapp or even change channels on dstv apa vari kuda kuramba vachi tonga nyika fact none of them can give a speech using Ipad mxm

  6. Shame on you Mugabe you still want benefits after 37 years of killing and looting from the country you never did anything for the youths am very happy this time you are going to vote for MDC to be honest us youths we do not want you nor your ex zanu pf mese hamuite Imo mu zanu macho hamuna ma youth Makango zara madhara ari greedy and old I wounder if they can use whatsapp or even change channels on dstv apa vari kuda kuramba vachi tonga nyika fact none of them can give a speech using Ipad mxm

  7. Mugabe will die soon a bitter old barbarian.

    I have forgotten about you already old bustard you took our lives back and all that we want now is to concentrate on going forward.

    Backward never!

  8. C’mon man Mugabe, you can do better than that. For your own information, ZANU PF can still expel you.You only have a handful of supporters: Jonathan Moyo, Chombo. Kasukuwere nehama vanaGrace, Zhuwao pamwe naChief Zvimba. It’s finished, zvapera. Yava nguva yevamwe.

  9. Mugabe nachihuri vako hatichada kunzwa nezvemi makatitorera mari dzakavandisa mumakombi edu dai tisiri varombo isu but because of you guyz no zanu pf chiororo inodzinga vanhu vakaitasemi

  10. the country has always been under military rule, handiti ndosaka wakabirira Tsvangirayi in 2008…hapana chachinja except that there is a new president…whom you had fired wafurirwa nemukadzi and the useless professor Moyo…so welcome to the club bro! Feel the heat.

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