Botswana President Tells Mugabe To Go
Some of Mugabe’s presumed allies are beginning to sing a different song.
The first to begin this dissenting song is Botswana's President, Ian Khama.
Khama has come out on Friday to tell the Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe to end his attempts to remain in office after the military seized power and placed him under house arrest.
Khama said giving up on power remains the smartest decision since Mugabe has no regional diplomatic support to stay in power.
The military intervention, which political sources say could pave the way to a national unity government after 37 years of Mugabe rule, also presented “an opportunity to put Zimbabwe on a path to peace and prosperity”, Khama told Reuters.
“I don’t think anyone should be President for that amount of time. We are Presidents, we are not monarchs. It’s just common sense,” Khama said.
Earlier, Mugabe arrived at a university graduation ceremony in the capital on Friday, his first public appearance since a military seizure of power that political sources say is aimed at ending his 37 years in office.
Mugabe, who is 93, opened a graduation ceremony at Zimbabwe Open University in Harare on Friday.
He wore blue and yellow academic robes and a mortar board hat and appeared to fall asleep in his chair as his eyes closed and his head lolled.
Mugabe led the country’s liberation struggle and has dominated its politics since independence in 1980.
But since the army take-over, it appears even his closest allies in his party Zanu-PF are beginning to withdraw support.
Mugabe says and believes he is still in charge but a senior member of the ZANU-PF ruling party said it wanted him gone.
“If he becomes stubborn, we will arrange for him to be fired on Sunday. When that is done, it’s impeachment on Tuesday,” the source was quoted as saying.
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