HARARE – The leader of Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change, Morgan Tsvangirai, and war veterans leader Christoper Mutsvangwa are reported to have flown back home from South Africa.
This came as reports indicated that both the leaders were ready to enter into negotiations to form a transitional government with former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mutsvangwa and Tsvangarai had both been in South Africa on different missions.
The Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) announced on Wednesday that it had taken over the country and was keeping the country’s president Robert Mugabe and his family under guard at his home as the military was getting rid of “criminals around Mugabe”.
The 93 year old leader was warned on Monday that it would intervene if he continued purging party veterans in a bid to see his wife, Grace Mugabe, become his successor.
The takeover also saw the arrest of several ministers and member of the so-called “Generation 40” group within the ruling party. The move by the military was welcomed by many, including Sten Zvorwadza who is Mugabe’s critic.
The chairperson of the National Vendors’ Union of Zimbabwe said that he was “excited” over the recent developments in the country. “What the military has done is the right thing. I can joyfully say that there is no coup in Zimbabwe,” Zvorwadza said.