A leaked confidential ministerial document has revealed that Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 92, might be in trouble after the country’s former freedom fighters declared that they no longer want him to lead the southern African country.
The war veterans, who called Mugabe “a genocidal dictator”, issued a damning communique sometime in 2016, declaring that they would not support Mugabe’s candidature in the 2018 national elections. The former freedom fighters argued that the veteran leader’s candidacy was going to be a hard-sell because of his advanced age.
The war veterans, however, disowned the communique when they were arrested and arraigned before a Harare magistrate, facing charges of undermining Mugabe’s authority.
The former freedom fighters have also openly declared their support to a faction within the ruling Zanu-PF party led by Mugabe’s deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Another faction calling itself Generation 40 is backing First Lady Grace Mugabe to succeed her nonagenarian husband.