Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe cried and lamented “betrayal by his lieutenants ” when he agreed to step down last week under pressure from the military and his party after 37 years in power.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa a former Mugabe loyalist was sworn in of Friday and attention is focussed on whether he will name a broad-based government or select figures from Mugabe’s era.
Sources within Mugabe’s inner circle say the devout Catholic held a rosary as he told his close associates and a team of negotiators at his “Blue House” Harare mansion that he was resigning..
“He looked down and said ‘people were chameleons,'” one of the sources was quoted saying.
Another close source said Mugabe’s face gleamed after he signed the resignation letter.