Kalaba refutes claim that Kaunda sent to Zimbabwe for talks with Mugabe

Posted by Online Editor on Mon 20 November, 2017

Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe

Harry Kalaba has refuted claims stemming from Reuters and published in the UK's Daily Mail and Daily Express websites that Zambian President HE Edgar C. Lungu has convinced his nation's founding father, former President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda to convince his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe to step down after 37 years of rule following a stand-off following the recent so-called military coup in that country where Mugabe defiantly refused to resign whilst addressing the nation last night. Previously, the Zimbabwean Observer had claimed that Lungu had been trying to convince Mugabe to stay in power.  

Kalaba states the claims stemming from renowned international news agency Reuters that Kaunda had used the Presidential jet and was already in Harare as baseless and malicious. Kalaba said according to a report on Mwebantu, "Zambia can’t send an envoy on its own. Everything would be done within the framework of SADC."

The Zimbabwean army had given President Mugabe until noon today to stand down following the Zanu-PF's decision to expel him from the political party. Mugabe had been threatened that if he did not step down by the deadline then impeachment proceedings would be brought against him. 

It is believed that the military action in Zimbabwe had been taken due to the recent firing of Vice President Emmanuel Mnangagwa, nicknamed 'The Crocodile' who has appeared to have bitten back following his dismissal and the apparent favouring of Mugabe's wife, 52 year old Grace, who is unpopular in the country to inherit the leadership role of Zanu-PF and of the country.  

Impeachment could see Mugabe removed by Parliament within a day and this move appears to have the majority backing of Mugabe's own political party and the influential group of war veterans of which both Mugabe and Mnangagwa are part of. 

Despite the possibility of Mnangagwa becoming President, many critics believe it will be more of the same for Zimbabwe with Mnangagwa also being a Zanu-PF stalwart, carrying out Mugabe's wishes for decades in a regime which despite early success has seen Zimbabwe's economy move from being Africa's bread basket to being Africa's basket case. 

Many believe that if Mugabe does stand aside that very little real change will actually happen for the Zimbabwean people in a country estimated to be losing over USD $1 billion per year according to Transparency International and many think that this move is designed to maintain the power that the army wield over the country. 

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