News of the South HARARE- Former President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace Marufu- Mugabe yesterday ascertained their U-turn, making public their endorsement of President Mnangagwa who subverted him from power in November last year.
Mugabe, addressing mourners gathered for his mother-in-law, Idah Marufu at his Borrowdale mansion last night, said the just ended elections had made Mnangagwa’s presidency legal.
“Everything is now in order; it can no be disputed”.
“He (Mnangagwa) has now been elected by the people.
“The wrong that happened last November has been erased by his victory in the July 30 elections,” Mugabe said.
He added that the country now has a government born out of the Constitution.
“I now accept his leadership and he now deserves the support of every Zimbabwean.
“Even opposition parties should now behave responsibly and wait for the five years to challenge him, but as of now, Mnangagwa won the elections,” he added.
Mugabe who, on the eve of the elections had endorsed MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa dumping his former aide, said before the elections, he did not support Mnangagwa because “he came through illegal means which violated out liberation values that politics lead the gun.”
Mugabe revealed that he had planned to resign at the party’s December congress and endorse former Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi as his successor because the latter joined the party first, but the “cunning” Mnangagwa used the military to take over power.
Grace who became popular for hate speech against Mnangagwa and his loyalists in the last days of her husband’s reign adopted a new tone of speech saying her family is in close contact with Mnangagwa whom she says loves the Mugabe’s.
“He has been helping look after us. He is footing all our bills and he has been very helpful at my mother’s funeral.
“If the death of my mother was making it possible to go back to our old relationship with Mnangagwa, and then let it be,” Grace said.
Mugabe’s olive branch towards Mnangagwa was first extended at the latter’s inauguration ceremony where he sent his congratulatory message through his daughter Bona and husband Simba Chikowore.
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