Friday, 17 November 2017


President Robert Mugabe has arrived at a graduation ceremony at Harare's Open University, in the leader's first public appearance since the military seized control of the country.

The appearance comes as a senior source in Zanu-PF told Reuters news agency the party was due to meet on Friday to draft a motion to fire Mr Mugabe on Sunday. If the 93-year-old leader still refuses to stand down, the party plans to impeach him on Tuesday, according to the source.

Zimbabwe's military said Friday it was making "significant progress" in talks with Mr Mugabe for his departure while it pursues and arrests some allies of the leader and his wife.
Talks with Mr Mugabe continued, the military said in a statement reported by the state-run Herald newspaper and Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.

Zimbabwe's military is "currently engaging with the Commander-in-Chief President Robert Mugabe on the way forward and will advise the nation of the outcome as soon as possible," the statement said.

"Significant progress has been made in their operation to weed out criminals around President Mugabe," it said, adding that the military had already arrested some although others remained at large. Those sought had been "committing crimes that were causing social and economic suffering in Zimbabwe."


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