Robert Mugabe has described his departure from office in November as a ‘coup d’etat’ in his first TV interview since he was deposed.
Speaking to South Africa‘s state broadcaster he said: ‘I say it was a coup d’etat – some people have refused to call it a coup d’etat.
‘We must undo this disgrace we have imposed on ourselves.’
‘It was truly a military takeover, there was no movement visible unless that movement was checked and allowed by the army,’ said Mugabe.
Mugabe was forced to quit when the military stepped in and ZANU-PF lawmakers launched impeachment proceedings against their once beloved leader.
In the interview he also said he never thought new President Emmerson Mnangagwa would turn against him and denounced Mnangagwa’s move to oust him last year as a coup.
‘I never thought he whom I had nurtured and brought into government … that one day he would be the man who would turn against me,’ he said.
‘I don’t hate Emmerson, I brought him into government. But he must be proper, he is improper where he is.’
Since his dramatic reversal of fortune, he has largely appeared to stay out of public life.
The military moved against Mugabe, 94, after he sacked his then-deputy and heir-apparent Mnangwga apparently fearing the nonagenarian was grooming his wife Grace to succeed him as president.
Source: Daily Mail