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Sunday, 26 November 2017

ROBERT MUGABE CRIED WHEN HE AGREED TO STEP DOWN - REPORT REVEALS

Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe cried and lamented“betrayal by his lieutenants”when he agreed to step down last week under pressure from the military and his party after 37 years in power, Reuters reports.
Esther Bella's blog gathered that  President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe’s loyalist, was sworn in on Friday, November 24 and attention was focused on whether he would name a broad-based government or select figures from Mugabe’s era.

It was gathered that sources within Mugabe’s inner circle said the devout Catholic held a rosary as he told his close associates and a team of negotiators at his“Blue House”Hararemansion that he was resigning. He announcedthe decision as parliament heard a motion to impeach him.“He looked down and said ‘people were chameleons’,”one of the sources was quoted as saying.The state-owned Sunday Mail quoted Father Fidelis Mukonori, a Jesuit priest who is a close Mugabe friend and mediated his resignation with the military, as saying Mugabe’s face“justglowed”after he signed the resignation letter.“So we are not talking about a bitter man.
 I told him that it was good for him to see someone running the country...,”Mukonori told the Sunday Mail.Neither Father Mukonori nor Mugabe’s close aides were immediately available for comment.
Mugabe’s fall after 37 years in power was spurred by a battle to succeed him that pitted Mnangagwa, who had stood by him for 52 years, and Mugabe’s wife Grace, who is 52.The privately-owned Standard newspaper, which has been critical of Mugabe and his government over the years, urged Mnangagwa to“walk the talk on graft”.At his swearing in ceremony on Friday, Mnangagwa said he valued democracy, tolerance and the rule of law and would tackle corruption. He has also urged citizens not to undertake“vengeful retribution”.
The new government is already moving to bring some of Mugabe and his wife’s close associates to book and former finance minister Ignatius Chombo was in court on Saturday on corruption charges.Chombo was among several members of a group allied to Grace who were detained and expelled from the ruling ZANU-PF party after the military seized power in“Operation Legacy”which it said was meant to remove the“criminals”around Mugabe.

Chombo, who told the court he was forcibly removed from his home on Nov. 15 by armed men wearing military uniform, was detained until Monday when his bail application will be heard.
He was led away in leg irons together with ousted head of the ruling ZANU-PF’s influential youth league Kudzanai Chipanga.
Meanwhile, Naija.com
had previously reported that
Zimbabwe former president Robert Mugabe
was offered a $10 million lump sum payment, full monthly salary, medical cover, security as well as protection of his private properties, as part of a deal that led to his resignation.
Source: Naija.com

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