Breaking: Robert Mugabe dismissed as ZANU-PF leader
Robert Mugabe has been dismissed as leader of the ruling ZANU-PF party, according to Reuters.
Former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa has been appointed as the new leader of the party in a widely expected move, party sources added.
And Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace, who is hugely unpopular in the country, has also been expelled by ZANU-PF.
It follows threats from the leader of Zimbabwe’s war veterans, in which he said officials would unleash the mob on the 93-year-old if he does not resign as President.
The threat was made by war veterans’ leader Chris Mutsvangwa as he walked into a meeting of the ruling Zanu-PF party.
“There’s a lot of conjecture about what is going on… the facts are: he’s running out of road.
“If he doesn’t step down, it’s likely that Parliament will vote him out in the next few days.”
Mr Mugabe has so far refused to leave office and could face impeachment when the Zimbabwe parliament resumes on Tuesday.
Ruling party committee member Obert Mpofu said Grace Mugabe and close associates “have taken advantage of his [Robert Mugabe] frail condition” to loot national resources.
Zanu-PF is also preparing to remove Mrs Mugabe as head of the women’s league, with party members close to her facing possible prosecution.
On Saturday, Mr Mugabe’s nephew insisted his uncle and Grace Mugabe were “ready to die for what is correct” and said the embattled President had no intention of stepping down.
Speaking from a secret location in South Africa, Patrick Zhuwao told Reuters that Mr Mugabe had hardly slept since the military seized power on Wednesday.
He added that Mr Mugabe’s health was “good”, but he would not legitimise the “coup” that overthrew him.
Mr Mutsvangwa, a former state security chief, is thought to be in line to head an interim unity government that will focus on stabilising Zimbabwe’s shattered economy.
Mr Mugabe will begin a second round of talks with army commander Constantino Chiwenga later on Sunday.