“These are tears of joy,” Frank Mutsindikwa, 34 said, holding the Zimbabwean flag.

“I’ve been waiting all my life for this day. Free at last. We are free at last.”

Frank was among the thousands of Zimbabweans that flooded the streets of Harare on Saturday, waving national flags and singing and dancing in an outpouring of elation at the expected fall of embattled President Robert Mugabe.

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.

ALSO READ: Ruling Party, ZANU-PF To Impeach Mugabe If He Fails To Resign

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.

He said 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,” the source said. “When that is done, it’s impeachment on Tuesday.”

FOR MORE FRESH STORIES, DOWNLOAD BOUNCE NEWS APP HERE

#AnambraDecides 2017: Meet The Candidates - Willie Obiano