Video: Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe appears in Public for the first time, thus far refuses to step down

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has today attended a graduation ceremony in his first appearance to the public following a military coup. This comes after significant talks with the military mediated by a delegation from South Africa.

According to reporters Jason Burke and Alex Maher who are in Harare, the capital, “Mugabe has so far resisted pressure to resign and says the army’s intervention is illegal, according to sources close to the military. The fact that the military allowed Mugabe to attend the graduation ceremony suggests it wants its intervention to be seen as primarily directed at the president’s wife, Grace Mugabe, and her associates. The statement said the army had “accounted for some of the criminals around [Robert Mugabe] in order to bring them to justice since they were committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country while others are still at large”. At a forceful press conference on Friday, Chris Mutsvangwa, the leader of Zimbabwe’s influential war veterans, said the president would not be allowed to remain in power.” Read more…

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