Panic as bitter Mugabe flies out of Zimbabwe

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Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe who was reported to be entitled to first-class flights flew to South Africa this morning aboard an Air Zimbabwe flight.

Journalist Ray Ndlovu revealed this in a tweet.

Said Ndlovu, "Am on the same flight on Air Zimbabwe to Johannesburg with former President Robert Mugabe this morning. The times have changed. Really changed."

Back in the day at the height of his power, Mugabe traveled First Class with a huge entourage and would usually charter the whole plane.

Mugabe, 94, was forced to step down last November following a de facto military coup. Sources close to the former leader say he is bitter over his departure after 37 years in office and has given his support to the New Patriotic Front (NPF) party.

An unnamed government source told state-owned newspaper the Herald that "essentially, what it means is it's the former president who is trying to stage a 'second coming' behind the person of the dutiful and beholden Ambrose Mutinhiri".

The NPF said it was formed by ZANU-PF members and Zimbabweans "outraged by the unconstitutional and humiliating manner in which President Mugabe was criminally ousted from leadership … by real criminals who have shamefully damaged Zimbabwe's fledgling democracy."


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