Mugabe 'never made mistakes', says Zim President Mnangagwa

Harare - Two months after pushing aside his former boss in a military takeover, Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa still carefully maintains that Robert Mugabe made no mistakes while he was in power.

The new Zimbabwe leader does, however, repeat the line that those around the former president took advantage of his advanced years to usurp some of his powers.

Woke up under house arrest

Mugabe, 93, had been in power for 37 years when he woke up to find he was under house arrest by the military last November. He was eventually persuaded to step down to allow the former vice president to take over – even though Mugabe had recently sacked him.

Mnangagwa, 75, has said he’ll hold free and fair elections later this year.

Asked by journalists from Russia’s Sputnik news agency whether there were any mistakes Mugabe made that he would not want to repeat, Mnangagwa replied: "No, the president never made any mistakes." 

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news from around the continent by subscribing to our FREE newsletter, Hello Africa.

FOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook. 

Mnangagwa repeated his claim that a small cabal around Mugabe's wife Grace had taken advantage of the former president’s advancing years. That's a reference to the G40 faction of Mugabe's Zanu-PF party that was bitterly opposed to Mnangagwa's Lacoste faction.

Until the military takeover on November 15, G40 appeared to have the upper hand, ready to take over power should Mugabe die or step down.

"We were having persons (other than the president) who were making executive decisions, which is against the constitution of the country," Mnangagwa told Sputnik. He said that "hundreds and hundreds of thousands" had marched in support of the military takeover in protest against this.

"Our people reacted to people usurping power, which is not given to them by the constitution, so this was corrected by the masses of Zimbabwe," he said.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What are your thoughts on the possibility of having permanent Stage 2 or 3 load shedding?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
I'll take that over constant schedule changes
13% - 486 votes
Why are we normalising Eskom’s mess?
72% - 2723 votes
I've already found alternative ways of powering my home/business
15% - 547 votes
Rand - Dollar
Rand - Pound
Rand - Euro
Rand - Aus dollar
Rand - Yen
Brent Crude
Top 40
All Share
Resource 10
Industrial 25
Financial 15
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.