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Is Mugabe stepping down?

Is he stepping down? Zim Pres Robert Mugabe and wife Grace. Unconfirmed reports suggest Robert will step down as part of the deal with military and offer wife ‘safe haven’ to possibly SA.

“Mugabe has negotiated for Grace to leave the country while he prepares to step down. Press conference tomorrow afternoon. Soldiers indeed have the president and his presidential guard under siege. Zimbabweans are urged to stay away from the CBD tomorrow,” the source said.

Zimbabwe’s military has seized control of Harare and said it is acting against “criminals” surrounding 93-year-old Mugabe. But a military spokesperson has denied this is a coup.

Events have unfolded after the head of the defence forces, General Constantino Chiwenga, warned the army would take “drastic action” if factions in the ruling Zanu-PF did not stop purges against party members with military backgrounds.

This followed last week’s sacking of war veteran Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa amid a struggle for party leadership with Mugabe’s wife Grace, who is supported by the youthful “G40” party faction. Mnangagwa fled to South Africa but is rumoured to have returned to Zimbabwe on Wednesday to take control of government.

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