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Zimbabwe's ex-leader Mugabe calls his ouster a 'disgrace'

Zimbabwe's ex-leader Mugabe calls his ouster a 'disgrace'

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa says his administration is in the process of identifying priority projects for investment and called for more diaspora participation in the economy.

Zimbabwe's former leader Robert Mugabe said he never thought new President Emmerson Mnangagwa would turn against him and denounced Mnangagwa's move to oust him a year ago as a coup, in an interview broadcast on Thursday.

"Illegal", Mugabe told the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). I want to work with him, but he must be proper.

"Yes, we had shortcomings here (and there), but we must obey the Constitution".

Despite being granted immunity Mugabe has previously expressed his displeasure with the new government.

Churches, civil organisations and some members of the G40 faction have also been pushing for Mugabe and Mnangagwa to meet and patch up their differences, following reports that the former Zanu PF leader was mulling joining opposition politics, particularly the newly-formed National Patriotic Front.

The military intervention was hugely popular in Zimbabwe and led to impeachment proceedings by the ruling party against Mugabe, who was replaced by former confidant Emmerson Mnangagwa.

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"It was a coup with a script to turn this into a military state".

"It was truly a military takeover, there was no movement visible unless that movement was checked and allowed by the army".

Mugabe said he felt betrayed by his long-time confidante, a man "whom I had nurtured and brought into government and whose life I worked so hard in prison to save as he was threatened with hanging".

Mugabe had fired Mnangagwa two weeks earlier on allegations the then Vice President has been plotting against him.

The former first lady had cultivated her own factional support base within ZANU-PF known as "G-40" that was seen as hostile to the security establishment - Mnangagwa in particular.

Robert Mugabe has described his departure from office in November as a "coup d'etat" in his first TV interview since he was deposed.

Evan Mawarire, a pastor who became the face of anti-Mugabe demonstrations a year ago, tweeted that Mugabe "destroyed our lives".