If you followed any of the coup-not-coup action over in Zimbabwe last week, you’ll know that Robert Mugabe quite likes watching news. In one of the many pictures that leaked out of the army rocking up at his digs, Bob was seen watching Al Jazeera.
Last week, though, another picture of the whole gedoente went viral. This time, it was of Mr. and Mrs. Mugabe watching the inauguration of Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The picture was shared widely on social media and it is all the awks that you might imagine it to be.
— A.a.V. Amasi (@ardonis) November 24, 2017
The Mugabes were placed under house arrest by the military two weeks ago.
Longtime deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, fired by Mugabe from his job earlier this month. The move, widely believed to have set off the “not coup”, was seen as means to continue the Mugabe dynasty and positioning Grace as successor to Bob.
Mnangagwa was sworn in as president on Friday after a “bloodless correction”.
Mnangagwa praised outgoing leader Mugabe as “the father of the nation” during his inauguration address.
“Let me at this stage pay tribute to one of the, and the only surviving, founding fathers of our nation, comrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe,” Mnangagwa said in front of a crowd of tens of thousands at his inauguration ceremony.
“Let us all accept and acknowledge his immense contribution to the building of our nation.”
Reports suggest that the Mugabes will remain in Zimbabwe after negotiating an exit deal which assures their safety and gives Robert Mugabe immunity from prosecution.
This despite speculation that he would end up in exile in South Africa. The good news for Bob is media reports suggest he’s saved a pretty penny during his 37-year rule. So, no matter where he goes, at least Bob will have a comfy retirement. We’re not so sure if Grace’s Gucci habit will be sustained, though.