Speaking to NewsDay, former President Robert Mugabe said he was not invited to the Independence Day celebrations by his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mugabe was responding to reports that he had decided to celebrate at home despite being invited by Mnangagwa.
Mnangagwa’s spokesperson George Charamba had claimed that an invitation was extended to Mugabe. Said Mugabe:
I definitely was not invited to it (independence celebrations). I refer to your article, Mugabe freezes self out of Uhuru on Page 4 of your paper dated Thursday April 19, 2018. I did not freeze myself out of the so-called Uhuru. I, definitely, was not invited to it. This should put paid to all the comments that [George] Charamba had to make on this matter.