Embattled Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has Thursday met with the military commander Gen Constatino Chiwenga and a delegation of envoys from South Africa, sources have told this website.
Mugabe who has since Tuesday been confined in his home by the army met with General Chiwenga, Father Fidelis Mukonori and South African envoys at State House Thursday afternoon. This is part of ongoing negotiations between the 93-year-old leader and the army leadership following a standoff that has seen the military take charge of the country.
“They’re still negotiating with the old man, with the team sent by President Jacob Zuma (South African President),” an insider within the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) who preferred anonymity told this site on Thursday evening.
South Africa which is the immediate neighbor to Zimbabwe to the South has since been making efforts to mediate with hope that the deadlock will be resolved.
The army on Tuesday night announced on the state owned broadcaster that it doesn’t intend to overthrow Mugabe but rather to rid his government of ‘criminals’ who are inflicting social and economic suffering.
It remains unclear where Mugabe’s wife, Grace Mugabe 52 is at the moment but out source said; “The old man’s safety and the family is guaranteed, he’s our father, only misled by the ambitious wife”.
The capital city Harare remains under heavy deployment of soldiers and tankers.