According to sources, following negotiation with the military today, President Robert Mugabe has agreed to step down as president of Zimbabwe. The terms of his resignation, however, are yet be agreed upon.
The negotiations are being held at State House, apparently after the military refused to meet with President Mugabe at his “Blue Roof” home in Borrowdale. Roman Catholic Priest Father Fidelis Mukonori was one of the mediators today. The other mediators were South African Minister for Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and the South African State Security Minister Bongani Bongo.
This comes after the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) seized power from Mugabe in the early hours of Wednesday. The military has insisted so far that it is not a military takeover of government as it is only targeting the “criminals around the president” who, according to them, had caused untold suffering to Zimbabweans because of their corruption.
Mugabe, according to sources, agreed to resign as his demands for safe passage for his family were granted by the military. There are however other terms of the resignation that are yet to be agreed upon.
Earlier reports said that Mugabe had been insisting that the action taken by the military was illegal and that he was still the legitimate head of state. He wanted the Zimbabwe Defence Forces to admit that their conduct was illegal. Mugabe and his advisors are reported to have been insisting that he should finish his term as President
A source who spoke to Reuters earlier said:
It’s a sort of stand-off, a stalemate. They are insisting the president must finish his term.
The generals, on the other hand, would have none of it and want former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to be reinstated to his previous positions of Vice President of Zimbabwe and Second Secretary of Zanu-PF.
Earlier, information filtering through from the negotiations suggested that the deal was complete. However, latest information suggests some terms are not yet agreed upon.
Commenting on the current situation on Twitter, prominent Zimbabwean business leader and media owner, Trevor Ncube, said: