Mugabe allies petition AU, SADC over Mnangagwa’s legitimacy – report
Harare, Feb. 8, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Allies of Zimbabwean ex-president Robert Mugabe who have since launched a new party, the New Patriotic Front (NPF), have reportedly “petitioned” the African Union (AU) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) to challenge the legitimacy of President Emmerson Mnangagwa in power.
According to a report by a Zimbabwean daily, NewsDay, the petition was contained in a 79 page document where the NPF, through its the lawyer Marius van Niekerk, argued that Mnangagwa came into office through military intervention, and as a result, should not be recognised as the southern African nation’s president.
The petition was received by Angola President Joào Lourenco who leads SADC’s organ on politics, defence and security, the chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussaka Faki Mahamat, chairperson of SADC President Jacob Zuma, SADC executive secretary Stergomena Lawrence Tax, and the outgoing AU chairperson Alpha Conde of Guinea, said the report.
The document contained minutes between former president Mugabe and the military chiefs, and was delivered to the regional leaders between February 2- 6.
Mnangagwa, his long-time ally turned rival after he was fired from the vice presidency, succeeded him