Former president Robert Mugabe has attacked his successor and former confidante for more than half a century President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mugabe said that since 1980 he has had misgivings about Mnangagwa and repeated allegations which were first made by former first lady Grace Mugabe, at a Church Interface Rally in November 2017. Grace claimed then, that Mnangagwa has always been plotting against Mugabe and tried to engineer a coup in 1980. Mnangagwa allegedly lied to Mugabe that white people were trying to kill him in order to get him out of the country so that he could take power unencumbered.
Speaking to the media ahead of tomorrow’s harmonised elections, Mugabe said,
What really gave me a judgment about him was when in 1980, after the people’s vote, and before the results were announced he and David Stannard, of the whites he was working within CIO, came to me and said, “you’re under threat. You, Nyagumbo and Nkala please leave the country.
…The three of us were known to be the militants and we left. Samora Machel (Mozambican President) said why have you come? We told him that we had been told we are under threat and we had to leave. Samora said come on, get back.
….“We told Mnangagwa we are coming back because Samora wouldn’t have us, he said, “please don’t come back, I repeat don’t come back, don’t!” We said no, let’s go. We came back, they received us and nothing happened. I said to him why? He said for security reasons we thought you would be more secure outside. To this day, I still ask myself questions. Nyagumbo and Nkala were angry, what did they want to do which would not be possible with us in the country?
Surprisingly, Mugabe claimed that he did not know that Mnangagwa was eyeing his position until it was too late. However, in 2004 Mugabe demoted Mnangagwa to the position of Minister of Rural Amenities after the Tslototsho declaration which sought to have Mnangagwa elevated to Vice President was exposed.