Following the ouster of President Robert Mugabe by the Zimbabwean military, a Catholic Priest, and close friend of the deposed president, Father Fidelis Mukonori is said to be negotiating an ‘honourable exit’ for Mugabe from the country.
Situation in the country still remain uncertain but reports coming from Harare say, contrary to speculation, his wife, ‘Gucci’ Grace Mugabe, with cabinet ministers Jonathan Moyo and Saviour Kasukuwere from Grace Mugabe’s G40 political faction, are being held under house arrest with him in the ‘blue roof’, the popular name for the presidential villa.
Father Mukonori is being assisted by Martin Rushwaya the Permanent Secretary for Defence and Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba, reports say.
The Chinese government, which is speculated to be backing the ‘coup’ has offered Mugabe a safe haven in china, though president Xi, denies offering an asylum. Reports say Namibia and South Africa are possible countries Mugabe will have to be exiled to because living in Zimbabwe after this ‘coup’ will be difficult.
A source, close to the unfolding events in the country said Mugabe is insisting on finishing his tenure.
Meanwhile, SADC has called an emergency Troika meeting to be held in Botswana tomorrow, 16th November at 15:00hrs to discuss the Zimbabwe situation.
Hassan John is West Africa Editor, GCN and Priest od the Anglican Diocese of Jos
Image credit: CC/Google images/Mugabe and wife