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Zimbabweans celebrate 'day they revolted against Mugabe's rule'

Zimbabweans are marching in the streets of Harare today, calling for the 93-year-old to finally leave office.

Zimbabweans take selfies with soldiers during a protest march against President Robert Mugabe on 18 November 2017. Picture: EWN

HARARE - Zimbabweans say that they are declaring Saturday an independence day so that people can remember the day they revolted against President Robert Mugabe's rule.

Zimbabweans are marching in the streets of Harare today, calling for the 93-year-old to finally leave office.

The army took over government earlier this week, following the sacking of vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Harare has been brought to a halt as buses and cars are still arriving at the already full Zimbabwean Sports Grounds in Harare.

Free public transport has been organized to ferry marchers from throughout the country to take part in the demonstration.

An elderly woman says that she's happy to have lived to see this revolution.

"I've never seen this in my lifetime. I'm happy to see everything changing."

Residents say that they want the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) to know that they support the military take over and want President Mugabe to go.

WATCH: Zimbabweans take to the streets, call for Mugabe to go

Many of those marching say the military takeover is a signal of a new dawn for Zimbabwe and its citizens.

It’s still unclear what the outcomes of ongoing talks between Mugabe and the army will be; but local councillor Luckson Mukunguma says Mugabe must go.

“The honourable words is Mugabe to pack and go. The issue of demanding what he’s doing, those are delaying tactics and that can be done from a place of a person who lacks wisdom. Mugabe should go.”

Members of the army on Saturday are being called heroes for restoring hope that Zimbabwe will once again belong to the people.

All 10 of his party’s provincial committees on Friday called on him to resign.

This is the kind of headline that was unthinkable for 37 years.

The state broadcaster and the Herald reported that Zanu-PF had called on Mugabe to resign.

Provincial committees of the ruling party across the country said the 93-year-old had lost control of the government.

These are the committees that only two weeks ago backed the firing of Emmerson Mnangagwa, the vice president who clearly has the sympathies of the military who have put Mugabe under house arrest.

This betrayal by his own party will be a major blow to Mugabe, who is reported to still be holding out against demands by the military for him to step down.

Zimbabweans say their inaction during what’s been dubbed a soft coup is an endorsement of military take over.

Additional reporting by Masechaba Sefularo.

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