Army says to advise on outcome of talks with Mugabe 'as soon as possible'

2017-11-17 09:48
Constantino Chiwenga (Picture: AP)

Constantino Chiwenga (Picture: AP)

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Harare – The Zimbabwean army on Friday reportedly said that it was "engaging" with President Robert Mugabe, adding that progress had been made in targeting "criminals" around the veteran leader.

According to BBC, the military said in a televised statement that it would advise the nation on the outcome of talks with Mugabe "as soon as possible".

Mugabe held talks on Thursday with regional envoys and the army chief, with reports indicating on Friday he had so far refused to step down.

However, a NewsDay report said that Mugabe had "agreed in principle" to relinquish power, adding that he was set to exile in South Africa.

"He [Mugabe] has agreed in principle to step down. Details of his exit package are being worked out…. He will exile in South Africa," NewsDay quoted military and security sources as saying.

The report said that details of Mugabe's exit conditions were still "closely-guarded".

Political tensions within Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party exploded after Mugabe fired his vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa last week. It followed numerous attack of Mnangagwa by the first lady Grace Mugabe who was said to be eyeing the presidency ahead of the Zanu-PF congress in December.

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