Prime News, International (Harare), November 18:- Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans took to the streets of Harare on Saturday demanding the resignation of President Robert Mugabe, in what could spell the political end for the 93-year-old leader who has ruled the country for nearly four decades.
Waving placards with slogans like “Go, Go, Our General” and “No to Mugabe Dynasty”, the atmosphere on the streets of the capital was electric, just days after the Army put Mugabe under house arrest and detained some of his key political allies.
Protests turned to a celebration of the Army’s role in ending Mugabe’s grip on power. “It’s like Christmas,” said one marcher, Fred Mubay. He said Zimbabweans had been suffering for a long time and were now, finally, happy.
The rally, supported by the military, was deemed as a “solidarity march”. People waved Zimbabwean flags while others ran alongside Army tanks and hugged soldiers to show their gratitude, the Guardian reported.
One had a poster with a message for the President: “Leave Zimbabwe now!!!” while a vendor at an intersection held up a newspaper with the headline: “Mugabe cornered”.
The Army staged a takeover on Wednesday but Mugabe was still refusing to step down on Saturday, an official with direct knowledge of the ongoing negotiations between the President and the military said.
Mugabe was meeting Army Chief General Constantino Chiwenga to discuss what happens next, reports said. Chiwenga is pushing for Mugabe to step down and an interim President to take over. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).