US, UK sought South Africa’s help in removing Mugabe – Mbeki

Thabo Mbeki. a Former President of South Africa has recounted how the British and American governments once sought the assistance of his government to remove late Zimbabwean leader, Robert Mugabe from power.

Mbeki stated this during the honour of the late leader by the African National Congress, ANC, in KwaZulu-Natal.
He said he refused the offer despite pressure mounted on him by the US and UK governments, adding that he believed on Zimbabweans had the power to remove Mugabe.

He said the UK and the US did not want Mugabe to contest the 2002 election.

“The UK and the US were particularly interested that President Mugabe should not run as president of Zimbabwe and so they contacted us to make this proposal a way must be found to make sure he doesn’t run.”Eyewitness reports

He added that the British government under Tony Blair planned military actions against Mugabe but abandoned the planned after discovering Mugabe enjoyed the support of Southern African neighbours.