HARARE - Robert Mugabe agreed on Sunday to resign as Zimbabwe’s president hours after the ruling Zanu-PF party fired him as its leader following 37 years in charge, a source familiar with the negotiations said. Zanu-PF had given the 93-year-old less than 24 hours to quit as head of state or face impeachment, an attempt to secure a peaceful end to his tenure after a de facto coup. The source said the Zimbabwe military was working on a resignation statement by Mugabe, without giving details. Zimbabwe’s state broadcaster ZBC said Mugabe would address the nation shortly. Earlier on Sunday, the official Herald newspaper showed pictures of him meeting top generals at his State House offices. WATCH:
While Grace and Mugabe’s children have been keeping a low profile and are understood to either be at a R43 million Sandhurst mansion where their half brother resides or back home in Zimbabwe at their blue roof mansion in Harare, the youngest, Chatunga has spoken out about his father’s dismissal from Zanu-PF. In a post on Facebook, Chatunga wrote that ‘you can’t fire a revolutionary leader.’ “Gushungo will always remain the champion of champions! Proud of you Gushungo Proud of Dad. Gushungo always and forever to death,” he added. Gushungo is Mugabe’s nickname and is also shared by his two sons. Reports have stated that Chatunga and Robert Junior are expected to host Nigerian music star Tekno
A senior political staffer was sent to arrange a meeting with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma ahead of the ANC elective conference in December. With less than a month to go before the conference, Dlamini-Zuma turned down Ramaphosa’s proposal which also comes on the back of his announcement of six leaders for key positions within the ANC. According to Sunday Times, a source said the request for a meeting was actually a ploy to dislodge Dlamini-Zuma’s campaign as Ramaphosa’s camp had allegedly started spreading rumours stating their campaign was losing steam. “It would have been made to appear that Mama Dlamini-Zuma did not enjoy support and she was going to negotiate for a place on her ticket,” a source said.
JOHANNESBURG - A Limpopo police officer has shot and killed the father of his girlfriend, wounding her and three other members of her family before shooting himself. The 37-year-old was found dead with the firearm lying next to his body on Saturday night in Ritavi outside Tzaneen. The police say that the survivors are in critical conditions at a local hospital. The incident has been described as domestic violence. Police spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe: "The South African Police Service in this province condemns these incidents of killings which are driven by a variety of aspects, including domestic violence, liquor and other substances. Our investigations into the incident are still continuing."
LONDON - Buckingham Palace issued a new photographic portrait of Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip on Saturday to mark their upcoming 70th wedding anniversary. The couple married at London’s Westminster Abbey on 20 November, 1947, just two years after the end of World War Two, in a lavish ceremony attended by statesmen and royalty from around the world. The portrait, taken earlier this month, showed the queen wearing the same dress which she chose for a service of thanksgiving to mark their diamond wedding anniversary held at the Abbey where they were married. She is also wearing a “Scarab” brooch in yellow gold, carved ruby and diamond which Philip gave her in 1966. Elizabeth has
Seoul, South Korea - Surgeons treating a North Korean soldier who was severely wounded by gunfire while escaping to South Korea have removed dozens of parasites from his body, including presumed roundworms as long as 27cm, hospital officials said. The soldier, whose name and rank have not been disclosed, defected to South Korea last Monday by driving a military jeep near a line that divides the Koreas and then rushing across it under a barrage of bullets. Hospital officials said Saturday that it was too early to tell whether he will make a recovery. While treating the wounds, surgeons found the large parasites, which may be reflective of poor nutrition and health in North Korea's military, the