Mnangagwa to Mugabe: Current political crisis 'not a matter between me and you'

2017-11-21 09:39
Emmerson Mnangagwa. (File: AFP)

Emmerson Mnangagwa. (File: AFP)

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Cape Town – Former Zimbabwean vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa in exile in an unknown location has told President Robert Mugabe in a statement on Tuesday that the current political and constitutional crisis in the country is not a matter between him and the veteran leader.

Mnangawa, who indicated that he was not returning to Zimbabwe until his security was guaranteed, said that the current crisis in the country was in fact between the people of Zimbabwe and Mugabe.

"The people of Zimbabwe have clearly spoken on this matter. To me the voice of the people is the voice of God and their lack of trust and confidence in the leadership of President Mugabe has been expressed. Several groups including students, general workers, opposition party members, vendors, religious organisations and ordinary citizens led by our war veterans, our party members in Zanu-PF, civic society, and all races of colour and creed in Zimbabwe clearly demonstrated without violence their insatiable desire to have the resignation of His Excellency, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe," said Mnangagwa.

Mnagagwa said that the people of Zimbabwe had spoken with one voice.

Military takeover 

"It is my appeal to President Mugabe that he should take heed of this clarion call by the people of Zimbabwe to resign so that the country can move forward and preserve his legacy," said Mnangagwa.

Mnangagwa’s statement came after the country’s army chief Constantino Chiwenga said that progress had been made in talks towards an apparent deal over Mugabe's exit.

Chiwenga also said that Mugabe was in touch with Mnangagwa.

Mnangagwa’s ouster triggered the military takeover and Mugabe's loss of power.

"The security services are encouraged by new developments which include contact between the president and the former vice president... who is expected in the country shortly," Chiwenga said.

"Thereafter the nation will be advised of the outcome of talks between the two."

Chiwenga called for calm after Zimbabweans had celebrated on Saturday at huge anti-Mugabe marches that would have been brutally repressed just a week ago.

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