The military piles pressure on Mugabe to resign as he shows off a dignified image

By Special Correspondent

Repeated calls on Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe to quit has gained momentum. Sources privy to the information have revealed that the country’s army generals backed by war veterans have piled further pressure on the 93-year-old ruler to resign on Sunday.

The revelation comes after tens of thousands of protesters marched on Saturday in the country’s capital, Harare, celebrating the apparent end of the nonagenarian 37-year reign of Zimbabwe.

The Saturday demonstrations were called by war veterans and independence fighters who called on all citizens from all walks of life to come and show defiance to Mugabe’s authoritarian regime.

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Such a show would not have been tolerated a week ago as demonstrators were harshly dealt with by the police.

The gathering was reported to be peaceful despite minimal clashes with armed soldiers who barred the demonstrators from reaching State House-Mugabe’s official residence.

The marches came against the backdrop of a historic week in which Mugabe and his 52-year-old wife Grace were ousted out of power by the military and put under house arrest. The Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa had just been sacked days ago and fled the country to South Africa. He is said to be a perceived fierce rival to Grace Mugabe who has been tipped to succeed his husband.

Mugabe is the oldest head of state in the entire world and his grip on power remains unknown with renewed calls by the army generals, opposition and war veterans for him to quit.

His once loyal party ZANU-PF is now calling for his exit too with Mr. Mnangagwa seen as a possible successor.

On Thursday he appeared to be smiling in photographs and attended a University graduation on Friday in attempts seen to be presenting a dignified image of a president despite a tense power negotiation process.

It is believed that such public display of dignity is meant to hoodwink the public.

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