Zimbabwe’s former leader Robert Mugabe has said his country must “undo” the “coup d’etat” that saw him ousted from power late last year. 94-year-old, who was speaking to South Africa’s SABC broadcaster from Harare, said: “I say it was a coup d’etat – some people have refused to call it a coup d’etat.”In one of his first interviews since that time, he said: “We must undo this disgrace which we have imposed on ourselves, we don’t deserve it… Zimbabwe doesn’t deserve it.”
Mr Mugabe was also interviewed by ITV News and told them: “I don’t want to be president, no of course. I’m now 94.”
He said he did not hate President Mnangagwa but the 75-year-old had “betrayed the whole nation”.
He described the new president as “illegal” and “unconstitutional”, adding that he would not work with him.
“People must be chosen in government in a proper way.
“I’m willing to discuss, willing to assist in that process but I must be invited,” he said.
The new president will face his first major test in August, when the new National Patriotic Front hopes to unseat him in elections.
Mr Mugabe shocked the ZANU-PF ruling party when he recently met with the NPF’s leader, retired general Ambrose Mutinhiri.
But, according to analysts, the chance of Mr Mugabe making a political comeback are remote.
The country’s problems have not been solved by the change in leadership – while many were optimistic after Mr Mugabe resigned, they are disenchanted to see that the authoritarian system in many ways still remains.
Despite the country’s economic deterioration during his decades in power, Mr Mugabe insisted that any errors “weren’t that bad”.
Mr Mugabe had inherited a well-diversified economy with the potential to become one of Africa’s top performers.
By the end of 2017, however, real per capita incomes were 15% lower than they were in 1980.