Zimbabweans celebrating the expected fall of President Robert Mugabe marched towards his residence in the capital Harare on Saturday as the country prepared to oust its leader of the last 37 years.
Hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Zimbabwe’s capital on Saturday singing, dancing and hugging soldiers in an outpouring of elation that president Robert Mugabe’s rule could come to an end.
Emotions ran high in Harare as Zimbabweans spoke of a second liberation for the former British colony, alongside their dreams of political and economic change after two decades of deepening repression and hardship.
Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party will hold a special central committee meeting on Sunday morning to dismiss 93-year-old Mugabe as its leader.
The meeting will also reinstate ousted vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa and remove Mugabe’s wife, Grace, from the leadership of the ZANU-PF Women’s League.
State broadcaster ZTV says Mugabe will meet military commanders for talks on Sunday.
The military says it will advise the public on the outcome of talks “as soon as possible”.