President Emmerson Mnangagwa has insisted that ousted Robert Mugabe never made any mistakes while in office.
Mnangagwa, in an interview with a Russian news agency, Sputnik, stated that Mugabe “never made any mistakes” during his 37 year tenure until the G40 came on the scene. Mnangagwa had been asked to state one of the mistakes which Mugabe had made and which he wished to avoid making as the new President.
Mnangagwa instead chose to blame Mugabe’s failings on the G40 Faction which only came on the political scene only 4 years ago.
“No, the president never made any mistakes,” said Mnangagwa.
This comes after Mnangagwa said on his inauguration day that despite Mugabe’s humiliating removal through a coup he (ED) still regarded the elderly former president as a “mentor, father and comrade”.
On staging the coup, the army claimed that they were not targeting Mugabe but “criminals around him”.
In the interview with the Russian journalists, Mnangagwa claimed the same.
“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.
A number of ministers have since been arrested since the coup morning on allegations of corruption while some have gone into exile.
Here is an excerpt from the Interview.
Sputnik: And summarizing the political situation in your country now, in your opinion, what was the main mistake of the previous leadership, of president Mugabe, which you would not like to repeat?
Mnangagwa: No, the president never made any mistakes. There was a small cabal of individuals in the relationship around the first lady. Because the president is now quite advanced in age, they took advantage of his age, and we were having persons who were making executive decisions, which is against the constitution of the country. And 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.
Sputnik: The level of corruption grew pretty high during the time of President Mugabe…
Mnangagwa: With the new disposition, the new order, one of the primary issues that we’ve put forward is that we need zero corruption, we will not tolerate any corruption at all. I’m now about 54 days in power, and so many people now have been taken to court on the case of corruption. So it’s one of the things that we want to eradicate in our society, we want to have a clean society. People must work hard to earn their living, and we must provide those of talent, we must have the environment where people who have talent must be rewarded and become rich if they can, but properly and honestly.