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Done deal: Mugabe ‘to announce vice president as his successor tomorrow’

Robert Mugabe and wife Grace Mugabe during happier times. File photo.

ZIMBABWE–Political figures in Zimbabwe are now confident there will be turning back for President Robert Mugabe who last evening lost grip on the mantle he has held since 1980.

Officials in the southern country have confirmed that this will be the end of Mr Mugabe’s reign.

Eddie Cross, a member of the Zimbabwean Parliament told the BCC on Wednesday afternoon that President Mugabe will tomorrow Thursday hold a press conference where he will personally announce his estranged Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa as his successor.

Mr Cross, when asked to speak of the widespread talk of a coup detat, termed it as a “done deal.”

President Mugabe had a few days ago fired his Deputy Mnangagwa, in what was deemed as move to give his wife Grace Mugabe a better chance of taking over from him in next year’s elections.

The Zimbabwean army, – which is said to loathe Mrs Mugabe — yesterday responded by deploying in the capital. The army and took over the state television, dismissing reports of a coup and reassuring the citizens of stability.

However, some correspondences have reported that the First Family has since last night been place under house arrest.

“We also strongly believe that Mrs Grace Mugabe was barred by the Military from sneaking out of the country,” said MP Cross.

A number of government leaders including the finance minister have so far been arrested.

Zimbabwean fired vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa (L) is set to be announced tomorrow as Mugabe’s successor. File photo.

 

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