THE late former President of Zimbabwe Robert Gabriel Mugabe died a bitter man and was expecting a public apology from President Emmerson Mnangagwa after his 2017 ouster, Zim Morning Post has established.
Speaking to Zim Morning Post at Mugabe’s residence popularly known as “Blue Roof” on Wednesday night, his nephew Leo Mugabe said his late uncle died with ‘pending issues’ with the new dispensation.
Mnangagwa was the late Mugabe’s protégé and blue eyed boy for close two decades and by virtue of this relationship, Mugabe expected an apology after he was ousted from power.
“He was devastated by the November 2017 incident, he was a wounded person but he said he can forgive but he will not forget, he also wanted a public apology ,” Leo Mugabe said.
Mugabe was toppled from power in November 2017 when the military intervened and this ushered in the new dispensation.
Leo Mugabe denied reports that his uncle ‘s administration brought Zimbabwe to its knees but blamed the sanctions which were imposed on the country by the West.
“Sanctions ruined this country, Mugabe did not ruin this country, those sanctions which were imposed on us after he gave land to our people are to blame not him,” added Leo Mugabe.
Leo Mugabe believes that Mugabe’s era was better than the new dispensation and he gave an example of using the United States Dollar rate against the Bond note which was introduced during his era.
“When he left power the rate was 1: 105 check where it is right now and do your comparison,” added Mugabe’s nephew.
Mugabe who was declared a national hero is expected to be buried Sunday 15 September but his final resting place remains a guarded secret as the family and government have not yet issued a solid statement.
“We are yet to know his resting place, he was a chief and traditionally when a chief dies you do not know where exactly he will be buried,” added Leo Mugabe.
However, this publication reported that Mugabe will be buried at the Heroes Acre after government held a series of meetings with the Mugabe family and chiefs from Zvimba.
“We held our final meeting yesterday (Sunday) at the Munhumutapa office where it was agreed the veteran leader will be laid to rest at the National Heroes Acre,” said the source.
“The meeting was chaired by chief of protocol Munyaradzi Kajese and some of the people who attended include Mugabe family spokesperson Leo Mugabe, Philip Chiyangwa, several chiefs and headmen from Zvimba.