Resigned Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe must be provided with a ‘safe-haven’ in Ghana, Minority Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Okudzeto Ablakwah has said.
According to him, the resigned leader might be exposed to some risks if he is to continue staying in his native country after stepping down.
Mugabe has endured a turbulent past week, with the former Zimbabwean leader being placed under house arrest by the country’s military.
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And despite initially resisting to step down from his post, Mugabe finally resigned as Zimbabwean president on Tuesday.
In a letter read out by the Speaker of Parliament, Mugabe said his resignation was voluntary and that it was a move geared towards allowing for a smooth transfer of power.
The 93-year-old had been in power since 1980, making him the world’s oldest leader.
His resignation sent scores of Zimbabweans into wild jubilations, but Ablakwah believes Ghana and the African Union (AU) must be concerned with what happens to Mugabe in the aftermath of his resignation.
According to the North Tongu MP, Ghana’s president Akufo-Addo must offer asylum to the resigned leader.
In his view, Mugabe has showed over the years that ‘he loves Ghana’ and it will only be prudent if the country provides him with a safe haven.
"Mugabe already has close ties with Ghana,” Ablakwah told Joy News.
“He (Mugabe) was trained as a liberation fighter; he married his first wife in Ghana; his son was buried in Ghana, he loves Ghana.
“Akufo-Addo should offer a safe-haven to him.”
Mugabe had ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, but is now expected to be succeeded by former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa.
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