Cape Town –
Former South African president Thabo Mbeki has made startling revelations about
how the British government was determined to depose Zimbabwean President Robert
Mugabe using military force.
Speaking during an interview with Al Jazeera, Mbeki said South Africa was under pressure
from the UK to participate in a regime change scheme to depose Mugabe and his
Zanu-PF party, a move which Pretoria refuted.
broker a now defunct power sharing agreement between the Movement for Democratic
Change and Zanu-PF following a disputed election in 2008 which left at least
200 people dead.
"There is a
retired chief of the British armed forces [Lord Charles Guthrie]... he
had to withstand pressure from the then prime minister of the United Kingdom Tony
Blair... Tony Blair who was saying to the chief of the British armed forces you must work out
a military plan so that we can physically remove Robert Mugabe," said Mbeki.
that because we had come under the same pressure that we need to co-operate in
some scheme. It was a regime change scheme, even to the point of using military
force and we were saying no."
criticised the manner in which Britain wanted to take the responsibility of
choosing a leader for the people of Zimbabwe.
You are coming from London you say you don’t like Robert Mugabe for whatever
reason, people in London don’t like him... we are going to remove him then you
are going to put someone else in his place. Why does it become a British
responsibility to decide who leads Zimbabwe?", he said.