Zimbabwe coup latest news: Robert Mugabe ‘must go’ – protestors take to the streets

Saturday, November 18, 2017
By Paul Martin

TIME appears to be running out for embattled Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as tens of thousands of people celebrate his demise on the streets of Harare amid a growing chorus for him to stand down with immediate effect. Here is the latest news and live updates.

Sat, Nov 18, 2017

Hundreds of protestors gather outside Zimbabwean Embassy in central London
War Veterans Association urges demonstrators to march on Mugabe’s Harare residence
Thousands of anti-Mugabe protestors are on the streets of Harare calling for the leader’s resignation
Mugabe attended the graduation ceremony after negotiating with the military at State House yesterday
Military forces retain control of Zimbabwe and allowed Mugabe out of house arrest for the ceremony
Zanu-PF officials are making plans to dismiss and impeach Mugabe if he refuses stand down
The army carried out coup on Tuesday night and said it was a “bloodless takeover”

Bringing you the latest news and live updates from Zimbabwe. (All times GMT)

Saturday November 18

2.30pm Crowds gather at Zimbabwean Embassy in London

Hundreds of Zimbabweans living in Britain have gathered outside the country’s embassy in central London calling on embattled leader Robert Mugabe to step aside.

One of the London protestors said: “I am happy today because Bob Mugabe is about to go. He must go.

“At least if he goes, we’ll have a change of president after so many years of injustice.”

1.30pm: War veterans’ leader urges crowds to march on Mugabe residence

Hundreds of anti-Mugabe protestors are marching on the embattled Zimbabwean President’s luxury home after being urged to do so by a leader of the powerful War Veterans Association.

Secretary-general Victor Matemadanda told a rally in the Harare township of Highfield: “Let us now go and deliver the message that grandfather Mugabe and his typist-cum-wife should go home.”

As he spoke, people started leaving the rally to head towards Mr Mugabe’s lavish “Blue Roof” residence in Harare.

The war veterans were one fiercely loyal to Mr Mugabe and routinely used violence to intimidate politcal opponents and brutally stamp out dissent.

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