The cloud of uncertainty currently hovering around Zimbabwe is not fading away anytime soon.

The dust is yet to settle and one of the key elements in the political unrest in the country, former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, is back, according to an aide.

“Yes, he is back,” said the aide, who declined to be named, adding that Mnangagwa, whose sacking last week triggered the military takeover is a potential successor to President Robert Mugabe.

He returned on Thursday after nearly a week abroad.

In talks with the army chief on Thursday, Mugabe refused to resign, as sources suggested the veteran leader was “buying time” to negotiate his exit.

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The talks in Harare came after soldiers put Mugabe under house arrest, took over state TV and blockaded main roads in a stunning turnaround for the president who has ruled the country with an iron fist since 1980.

Zimbabwe’s military chiefs said in a statement Friday they had detained some “criminals” in Mugabe’s government after seizing power in the dispute over who would succeed the 93-year-old leader.

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