Former Zambian Police and Prisons Commissioner Mr Richard Shamillimo Chella advised President Emmerson Mnangagwa to ignore former President Robert Mugabe’s comments that Operation Restore Legacy was a coup d’e tat, saying his comments were based on jealous.
Chella who went to the same school with Mnangagwa in Mumbwa said Mugabe should be grateful that Mnangagwa is not after revenge. He also advised Mugabe to emulate Zambia’s former leader Kenneth Kaunda and be supportive of the current Zanu-PF administration. Said Chella:
Those sentiments from his predecessor are very unfortunate. He (Mr Mugabe) should be very fortunate to have such a leader who is very forgiving. Just imagine if it was not President Mnangagwa who had taken over, what was going to happen to him and looking at his age?
The best thing is that let all Zimbabweans ignore him. I would rather say some form of jealous has crept into the former President. Definitely at his age he must appreciate that he has done enough. He has played his role. We have worked with him for a very long time.
In fact, he should emulate our (former) President here Cde (Kenneth) Kaunda. He silently advises our leaders and that is the role Mugabe should take. We should be saying we are fortunate that he is still alive, he could be a bank of knowledge. Now at his age to try and destroy Zimbabwe, then what did he fight for? It is a very sad situation. I appeal to President Mnangagwa to ignore him.
But for those who want to mislead Mugabe, he (President Mnangagwa) should hunt them because they are the wrong people for Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe needs to develop now. Zimbabwe needs unity now. You may wish to know that here in Zambia Dr Kaunda promoted the spirit of One Zambia One nation and that is what Mugabe should do. You must bear in mind that Zimbabwe is bigger than any individual or any political party.