Zimbabwe: Coup chief urges people ‘remain calm and patient’

The Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Constantino Chiwenga said he has met President Robert Mugabe to “agree on a roadmap on the prevailing situation in the country,” during a press conference in Harare on Monday. Chiwenga, who is believed to be one of the leading figures in the suspected coup, announced “new developments” including contact between Mugabe and the former Vice... Еще-President Emmerson Mnangagwa who was fired by the president two weeks ago. According to Chiwenga, Mugabe has started a process towards “a definitive solution and roadmap for the country.” The commander urged Zimbabweans to remain calm, and “other political players” — including the ZANU PF party — to “refrain from any actions or activities that would threaten the peace.” Impeachment proceedings against Robert Mugabe will start on Tuesday after 230 members of the ruling ZANU-PF party voted in favour of the motion in Harare on Monday. Mugabe was initially expected to resign on Sunday after the ZANU-PF central committee voted to sack and replace him with his former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa. However, Mugabe refused calls to step down and vowed to stay on as president in a defiant TV address to the people of Zimbabwe on Sunday.

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