Pictures of Mugabe meeting army negotiators emerge; wife absent in photos

The world has been on tenterhooks for the best part of two days, as the Zimbabwean army launched their bid to remove Robert Mugabe from power.

The soon-to-be former president is set to give up his throne following a bloodless ‘non-coup’, lead by army generals and thought to be orchestrated by Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Photos of Robert Mugabe army negotiations

Negotiations have rumbled on for the last 36-48 hours, and discussions that will forever change the landscape of Zimbabwe’s future seem to have ended amicably:

 

No sign of Grace

All pictures were taken by state-owned newspaper, The Herald. Interestingly, there appears to be a distinct lack of Grace Mugabe in any of these photos, fuelling rumours that part of the transition deal has been to guarantee her safe exit from the country.

The photos provide vital insight into what’s going on behind closed doors. In fact, since securing The President’s Harare mansion yesterday, the rumour mill has been working overtime as to how negotiations were going.

Mugabe’s exit ‘all but confirmed’

It was earlier reported that Mugabe’s stubborn refusal to resign publicly had put a hitch in the deal. Afterwards, sources inside Zimbabwe then suggested that a transition deal was imminent. It’s been a rollercoaster few days on the other side of the border.

Tanks began piling into Harare as early as Tuesday. By Wednesday morning, the Zimbabwe Defence Forces had secured control of state TV, as well as government buildings and law enforcement offices.

An operation to overthrown Robert Mugabe looks destined to end without a life being lost. Dare we say the transition has been planned with ‘military precision’?

 

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