Brigadier General (Retired) Ambrose Mutinhiri the leader of the opposition party, the National Patriotic Front (NPF), has claimed that former president Robert Mugabe declared that he was not going to endorse his former confidante, President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mutinhiri, whose NPF party has been endorsed by Mugabe also said that the former president will not endorse the injustices taking place under Mnangagwa. Speaking to the Standard, Mutinhiri said,
You know what, when this issue came up at my meeting with president Mugabe last Sunday, he was emphatic and unequivocal about his position. Let me recall what he told me about this, [Mugabe said] “ED thinks I am an idiot.”
…How does he think I believe their claim that they are about upholding the legacy of the president, my legacy, when I’m down because of them and when they have been dragging me in the mud?
People, especially in Zanu PF, want honest holders of the legacy of the president and they condemn hypocrisy, they condemn military brutality against the people.
He went on to say: “ED says he wants me to endorse him, what will I be endorsing? Hypocrisy? Brutality against the people?
The killing and battering of children (CIO and police officers) who worked with me? No, no, no; I’m not an idiot.