Mugabe – My errors were not that bad

Zimbabwe's Mr Mnangagwa and Mr. Mugabe's
Mr Mnangagwa has been a lieutenant of Mr. Mugabe’s for years. This file picture is from 2003

Zimbabwe’s former leader Robert Mugabe has said his country must be “undo” the “coup d’etat”

SABC broadcaster from Harare, 94-year-old, said: “I say it was a coup d’etat – some people have refused to call it a coup d’etat.”

Mr Mugabe resigned the presidency in November after a brief army takeover of the country, with Emmerson Mnangagwa assuming power .

In one of his first interviews since that time, he said: “We must undo this disgrace which we have imposed on ourselves, we do not deserve it … Zimbabwe does not deserve it.”

Mr Mugabe was also interviewed by ITV News and told them: “I do not want to be president, no of course.

Emmerson Mnangagwa

He said he did not have the “75-year-old” betrayed the whole nation.

He described the new president as “illegal” and “unconstitutional”, adding that he would not work with him.

“People must be chosen in the government in a proper way.

“I’m willing to discuss,” he said.

The new president will be his first major test in August, when the new National Patriotic Front hopes to unseat him in elections.

Mr Mugabe shocked the ZANU-PF ruling party when he recently met with the NPF’s leader, retired general Ambrose Mutinhiri.

But, according to analysts, the chance of Mr. Mugabe making a political comeback are remote.

The country’s problems have been solved by the leadership – while many are optimistic after Mr. Mugabe are resigned, they are disenchanted to the authoritarian system in many ways still remains.

Mr. Mugabe insisted that any errors “were not that bad”.

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Mr Mugabe had inherited a well-diversified economy with the potential to become one of Africa’s top performers.

By the end of 2017, however, real per capita incomes were 15% lower than they were in 1980.

“If anything, in other countries in Africa, we have had greater prosperity and people have their land,” he told ITV.

He appeared to acknowledge some human rights abuses, however, saying: “We have been accused of that and yes that were done.”