Emmerson Mnangagwa expected back in Zim 'shortly'

The Zimbabwean military held a press briefing on Monday night where they made the announcement.

This file photo taken on 7 January, 2017 shows Emmerson Mnangagwa (C) attending the funeral ceremony of Peter Chanetsa at the National Heroes Acre in Harare. Picture: AFP

HARARE/JOHANNESBURG – The Zimbabwean defence force has announced that vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa will be back in the country soon.

The military held a press briefing on Monday night where they made the announcement, adding that they remain committed to "Operation Restore Legacy".

In a statement released shortly after the briefing, Army General Constantino Chiwenga said: “The Zimbabwe Defence and Security Services are encouraged by the developments which conclude contact between the president and the former vice president Mnangagwa, who is expected in the country shortly”.

President Robert Mugabe fired Mnangagwa earlier this month, apparently to make room for his wife, Grace, to succeed him.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwean war veterans have warned President Mugabe that their patience is waning, as pressure mounts for him to step down.

The ruling Zanu-PF officially notified Mugabe of his removal as party president, announcing on Monday afternoon they will table a motion to impeach him.

This would bring an end to the 93-year-old’s 40 years at the helm of the country.

The party also fired his wife Grace and many others linked to her faction.

In a television address on Sunday night, Mugabe called on the party to unite but made no mention of plans to resign.

It’s also emerged he's called a Cabinet meeting for Tuesday.

President Mugabe was given until midday on Monday to resign.

A ruling party caucus meeting was held on Monday afternoon to prepare for Mugabe’s impeachment.

The process, which could take several days, is expected to see Mugabe replaced with Zanu-PF’s interim leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Meanwhile, ordinary citizens are trying to keep up the pressure on the president to quit.

Prayer meetings are being held in Harare's Africa Unity Square and students at the University of Zimbabwe said on Monday they won't sit for exams until Mugabe steps down.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)