MDC considers joining forces with Zanu-PF to impeach Mugabe
Former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda arrives in Harare to try to convince Zimbabwe’s embattled president to step down in a ‘dignified exit’
Harare/Lusaka — Lawmakers from Zimbabwe’s main opposition party MDC will hold a meeting on Tuesday to decide whether to join their ruling party rivals to impeach 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe, the minority chief whip said.
Although Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) has the required two-thirds membership to remove Mugabe, participation by the opposition could give a boost to a process that was started by the military’s intervention last week.
Earlier, it was reported that Zambian President Edgar Lungu had sent former president Kenneth Kaunda to Harare to try to convince Mugabe to step down in a "dignified exit".
"Dr Kaunda used the presidential jet and has already arrived in Harare," a senior government source told Reuters. Kaunda is also 93 years old.
It also emerged that the state broadcaster ZBC was on Monday put on stand-by for an expected address by the military.
The military seized power last week, saying this was meant to arrest "criminal elements" around the president and on Sunday the ruling Zanu (PF) party re-called Mugabe from his position as president and first secretary.