Emmerson Mnangagwa: Mugabe should heed Zimbabweans' call to resign

Axed vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa has broken his silence since the political crisis in his country started almost a week ago.

This file photo taken on 7 January, 2017 shows Zimbabwe acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa (C) attending the funeral ceremony of Peter Chanetsa at the National Heroes Acre in Harare. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Axed vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa has broken his silence since the political crisis in Zimbabwe started almost a week ago.

Mnangagwa says that he's been called to return to Zimbabwe by embattled President Robert Mugabe but has refused to do so until he's satisfied about his security.

Reuters is reporting that Mnangagwa says that the crisis there is not about him and Mugabe but rather about Mugabe and the citizens.

He says that Zimbabweans have expressed their lack of trust and confidence in the 93-year-old stateman's leadership and that Mugabe should heed their call and resign.

The former vice president however says that he looks forward to returning home soon to help with rebuildng the country's economy.

He's confirmed that he fled Harare after being told of plans to "eliminate" him.