Don’t hurt Mugabe’s legacy, dignity - Rawlings

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Former President Jerry Rawlings says Africa’s longest-serving leader, Robert Mugabe, is one of the few who have led with dignity and pride as an African.

The Zimbabwean leader since Tuesday, has been confined to his home in Harare, after the army took over power, ending the 37-year-rule of the 93-year-old veteran freedom fighter.

Mr Mugabe is said to be resisting pressure to step down, insisting he remains the legitimate president.

But on Thursday, the former Ghanaian president, J.J Rawlings in a tweet called on the military and the government of Zimbabwe not to destroy Mugabe’s legacy and dignity.

“As unavoidable as the Zimbabwe situation may be, let us hope that the transition occurs without destroying Mugabe’s legacy and dignity unduly.

“His African pride, dignity and audacity were unassailable. He served and lived for the dignity of his fellow black in a manner that so many of us fell very short of,” Rawlings argued.

Meanwhile, South African government ministers are reported to be in Harare for crisis talks with Mr. Mugabe as well as the military leaders who seized control of the state.

They are trying to reach a deal on the future of Zimbabwe and the man who has led the country for 37 years.

The talks are being led by the Southern African Development Community (Sadc).

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has said Mr Mugabe must resign.