Harare — Zimbabwe’s political temperature is rising, with war veterans on Monday calling for street marches on Tuesday in order to force President Robert Mugabe to step down. He was given a deadline of noon on Monday to resign, failing which impeachment proceedings would begin. But, despite CNN reporting on Monday that terms for his departure had been agreed and his resignation letter drafted, the noon deadline passed with no announcement. However, all Zanu (PF) MPs and senators have been told to report for a caucus at the party’s headquarters at 2.30pm on Monday. Mugabe stunned the nation in a televised Sunday broadcast which skirted mention of stepping down, but instead emphasised that he would preside over Zanu (PF)’s elective congress. His defiance came hours after Zanu (PF) party had recalled him as party president on grounds of incapacitation due to old age. He turns 94 in February. “We don’t know what happened, but we suspect that he deliberately did not read the part of his ...

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