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Rawlings runs to Mugabe’s rescue

President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe
President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe

Ghana’s former President, Jerry John Rawlings has mounted strong defence in protection of Robert Mugabe’s “unassailable” pride and dignity.

As at Thursday afternoon, Mr. Mugabe who is the President of Zimbabwe, has been under house arrest in what has been described as a bloodless coup the military staged on Wednesday.

The bad blood between Mugabe’s government and the army reached crescendo when the Zimbabwean leader sacked his vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who appeared to be the army’s favourite to succeed the 93 year old leader.

President Mugabe has been in control of Zimbabwe since it gained independence from Britain in 1980.

The military said it stepped in ostensibly targeting people close to President Robert Mugabe for causing “social and economic suffering”

Reports from Zimbabwe suggest uneasy calm although businesses are running smoothly.

But Ghana’s former president, who once worked closely with Mr. Mugabe and attended the same secondary school in Ghana, wants Mugabe’s legacy protected.

“As unavoidable as the Zimbabwe situation may be, let us hope that the transition occurs without destroying Mugabe’s legacy and dignity unduly,” he prayed.

In a short statement to the media, Mr. Rawlings who ruled Ghana for almost two decades said Mugabe’s “African pride, dignity and audacity were unassailable.”

In his view, President Mugabe “served and lived for the dignity of his fellow black in a manner that so many of us fell very short of”.

By Isaac Essel | 3news.com| Ghana

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