Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe was warned by his generals to step aside as protests against him grew, or face being “lynched” like Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi.
Media reports from Harare quotes one of Mugabe’s aides, George Charamba saying: “The commanders sent us with a very chilling message, they said ‘please go and get the president to appreciate the gravity of the situation out there’.”
He further said: “There was the possibility of a Libyan scenario where the president would have been dragged out of the Blue roof and lynched,” he added, referring to Mugabe’s private residence in Harare.
Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011 after a violent popular uprising and slaughtered by a mob after he was found hiding in a drainage pipe.
Massive street protests against 93-year-old Mugabe erupted after the military briefly took power in November following the veteran leader’s sacking of then-vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa.