Former President Robert Mugabe has revealed why he resigned from power in November last year following a military intervention led by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga code-named Operation Restore Legacy.
In an exclusive interview with ITV News Africa Correspondent John Ray, Mugabe said he does not believe that he should still be Zimbabwe’s president but that his successor should have been properly elected. He says his said he resigned to save the situation and to save the people of Zimbabwe. Said Mugabe:
My removal was forced. I had to resign in order to save the situation, and the people who advised me were saying ‘if you don’t resign there will be bloodshed, there is going to be blood shed’, and some of them were religious people so I resigned.
When asked if he resigned to for the safety of his family Mugabe had this to say:
Even now my family is safe. It was the safety of the people. Yes there were guns fired but that’s it. But on the whole we were safer than most of the people.
Mugabe reiterated that Mnangagwa is illegitimate and an imposition of the army.