Father Fidelis Mukonori revealed that he will be the “political adviser” of the new president. The former Zimbabwean leader resigned Tuesday following a military intervention and days of demonstrations.
Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in to replace Mugabe as president on Friday. The latter, a close ally of Mugabe, was fired at the beginning of the month, triggering the political crisis that finally saw the fall of his boss.
Father Mukonori, 70, a close friend of Robert Mugabe mediated with the army.
“In the African world, seniors are there to give advice,” he told BBC’s Richard Galpin in a church outside the capital, Harare, after celebrating a mass of thanks for a peaceful transition in Zimbabwe.
He alluded to what Mnangagwa said about his predecessor during his inauguration.
“When he says he is my father, he is my boss, he is my mentor,” you tell me he will stay away from his father, his mentor, his boss … I do not think, “said the Father Mukonori.
He also revealed that Mugabe and his wife Grace stayed at home in Harare and did not intend to leave the country.
In addition, Father Mukonori revealed that he could not confirm the information that Mugabe will receive $ 10 million for agreeing to resign.
“We did not offer him anything … He resigned for the sake of Zimbabwe. It’s the best thing he’s ever done, “he added.
Zimbabweans fear that President Mnangagwa, associated with some of Mugabe’s worst atrocities since independence in 1980, will follow in the footsteps of his predecessor. But Father Mukonori believes that the new president knows that democracy is crucial.