President Emmerson Mnangagwa told his then boss President Robert Mugabe when he fired him as Vice-President that he had never betrayed him but was now aware that some unscrupulous elements were out to assassinate him.
In a letter he wrote to Mugabe on 6 November, the day he was fired, Mnangagwa said: “Your Excellency, the allegation that I once entertained an idea to form a political party is false and concocted by elements who are currently my enemies, who perhaps themselves may have intended to do so but never ever received any support from me.
“Your Excellency, the truth is painful but everlasting. I am a child and cadre of the revolution, that is, both ZANLA and our tried and tested ZANU-PF party.”
Mnangagwa said he had remained loyal to Mugabe personally and to the revolution throughout his 50-plus years in the struggle.
“In December 2014, you again had the honour to appoint me one of your Vice-Presidents. This to me is a demonstration of your deep-seated trust in me which I have never betrayed, even with my life.
“However, today, my enemies have prevailed. I could have recently lost my life through poisoning, but survived through God’s grace.
“Finally, Your Excellency, on behalf of my wife and family, I wish to thank you most sincerely for affording me the opportunity to serve you.
“I shall forever remain loyal and committed to you, my party and the revolution, although I am aware of uncanny attempts by some unscrupulous elements to assassinate me.”
Below is the full letter reproduced from the Sunday Mail:
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