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Mugabe, ED rift escalates

Former president Robert Mugabe has told his associates that he will not negotiate with his successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, because he is unhappy about the way he was toppled, it was revealed yesterday.

By Everson Mushava

Former Cabinet minister Ambrose Mutinhiri, who last week met Mugabe after dumping Zanu PF and giving up his Marondera West parliamentary seat, told The Standard in an exclusive interview that he does not see the once bosom buddies smoking the peace pipe.

Mutinhiri is leading a Zanu PF splinter party that has received an endorsement from Mugabe, much to the chagrin of Mnangagwa.

“You know what, when this issue came up at my meeting with president Mugabe last Sunday, he was emphatic and unequivocal about his position. Let me recall what he told me about this,” the former Mashonaland East Provincial Affairs minister said. Qouting Mugabe speaking about Mnangagwa’s alleged overtures, Mutinhiri said the 94-year-old politician charged that “ED thinks I am an idiot.

“How does he think I believe their claim that they are about upholding the legacy of the president, my legacy, when I’m down because of them and when they have been dragging me in the mud?

“People, especially in Zanu PF, want honest holders of the legacy of the president and they condemn hypocrisy, they condemn military brutality against the people.”
He went on to say: “ED says he wants me to endorse him, what will I be endorsing? Hypocrisy? Brutality against the people?

“The killing and battering of children (CIO and police officers) who worked with me? No, no, no; I’m not an idiot.

“The political and illegal arrests must stop if the military regime is true to its claims that it is about upholding the legacy of the president. Why is it doing these injustices?”

Mutinhiri also claimed Mugabe and his wife are not members of the National Patriotic Front (NPF), a party formed by former Zanu PF members not happy about the long-time ruler’s ouster.

He claimed exiled Zanu PF members that were linked to the G40 faction such as Jonathan Moyo, Saviour Kasukuwere and Patrick Zhuwao were not NPF members.
Mugabe was pushed out of power by the military in November last year and was replaced by Mnangagwa.

The former Zanu PF leader had fired his then deputy a few days before the dramatic military takeover.

7 Responses to Mugabe, ED rift escalates

  1. Yohwe March 11, 2018 at 11:46 am #

    Listen to this hypocrite Mugabe. Military brutality!!! Those who live by the gun will die by the gun. After all who is he to endorse ED. The old thing should just shut up and attend to its SHUT UP idiot. We have and are still suffering because it thought Zimbabwe and its people were its.

  2. Vote Ed March 11, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

    Who can be that naive to seek the endorsement of someone who was unceremoniously thrown out of office because of all kinds of vices, including military brutality! Surely this is something that should have been put to Mutinhiri. Its a shame sometimes politicians are allowed to ramble foolishly in the media without scrutiny. Mutinhiri should have been asked if he expected every politician in the land, moreso ed, to be as foolish as him to seek Mugabe’s endorsement which is a kiss of death electorally speaking.

  3. Harrys March 11, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

    kwakungo hukura kwembwa isisna meno.

  4. Zhuwawo March 11, 2018 at 3:04 pm #

    Do not under estimate uncle Bob.He is the brains behind the new party and wants to play low for now.It is fact Mutinhiri will not win any election but his presence will destabilise Zanu PF.He is just a front for Amai.

  5. C Frizell March 11, 2018 at 11:51 pm #

    This is funny – Mugabe complaining when he has certainly never won an election since 2000, and before that too. The military merely removed someone they had installed when he became unsatisfactory.

    Mugabe’s fanatical anti-white racism is at the root of the destruction of the agricultural and manufacturing parts of the economy. He hated whites so intensely (and no doubt still does) that he was willing to destroy the economy just to get at them. Let us hope that Mnangagwa is not so blinded by hatred.

  6. kisswell kativhu March 12, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

    mugabe a dog without a tail YOU made us suffer for the of your wife

  7. kauripo jokonya March 16, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

    These guys are jst the same bloodthirsty and power hungry dictators. surely zimbabweans what can you expect from this dull and old ED of yours.

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