Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party is expected to meet on Sunday to sack president Robert Mugabe and reinstate Emmerson Mnangagwa, the vice- president who was fired last week.
The meeting scheduled for 10:30 am local time would also dismiss Grace Mugabe from her role as head of the ZANU-PF Women’s League.
Negotiations are going on behind the scenes to persuade Mugabe to step down.
Thousands of protesters marched on the streets of Harare on Saturday to demand the resignation of the president.
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According to Reuters, Patrick Zhuwao a nephew to the president said Mugabe and his wife Grace are “ ready to die for what is correct” and have no intention of stepping down in order to legitimise this week’s military take over.
He was speaking to the news agency from a secret location in South Africa.
Meanwhile, police blocked the protesters who were headed for Mugabe’s private residence. The 93-year old leader has been under house arrest since the take over.
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In neighboring South Africa, a section of Zimbabweans living in the country gathered in Pretoria in solidarity with their fellow country men.
Analysts say this is a watershed moment in Zimbabwe and the departure of Mugabe is likely to send shock waves across a number of strongmen clinging to power in Africa.