Mugabe calls his ousting a 'coup d’etat’, says he never thought Mnangagwa would turn against him

Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe has described his departure from office in November as a 'coup d'etat' in his first TV interview since he was ousted.

'I never thought he whom I had nurtured and brought into government, that one day he would be the man who would turn against me,' he said. 
Mugabe was forced to quit when the military stepped in and ZANU-PF lawmakers launched impeachment proceedings against  him.

Speaking to South Africa's state broadcaster SABC he said: 'I say it was a coup d'etat - some people have refused to call it a coup d'etat.

'We must undo this disgrace we have imposed on ourselves. 

'It was truly a military takeover, there was no movement visible unless that movement was checked and allowed by the army.'

"I don't hate Emmerson, I brought him into government. But he must be proper, he is improper where he is. Illegal," Mugabe said. "We must undo this disgrace, which we have imposed on ourselves. We don't deserve it."

"Zimbabwe doesn't deserve it. We want to be a constitutional country. Yes, we may have our shortcomings here and there. But overall we must obey the law. People must be chosen to be in government in the proper way."

"Currently, I am isolated," Mugabe concluded.

The interview took place at the ousted leader's mansion in Harare.
Adeola Fayehun
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