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Zimbabwe war veterans call for immediate anti-Mugabe protests

People shout slogans and hold placards during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Zimbabwe’s president on November 18, 2017 in Harare.
Zimbabwe was set for more political turmoil November 18 with protests planned as veterans of the independence war, activists and ruling party leaders called publicly for President Robert Mugabe to be forced from office. AFP PHOTO

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Zimbabwe’s influential war veterans on Tuesday called for immediate protests against President Robert Mugabe as parliament moved to impeach the veteran leader.

“All the people must leave what they are doing, come to Harare… we just want to see the back of Mugabe immediately. The protests must begin now, we cannot have another hour of Mugabe,” said Zimbabwe War Veterans’ Association chairman Chris Mutsvangwa.

The group urged people to march to Mugabe’s private residence, known as the Blue Roof, to ensure the increasingly isolated leader “leaves office immediately”.

Lawmakers from Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party are due to take the first steps on Tuesday to force Mugabe from office after he ignored their ultimatum to resign.

The powerful war veterans had previously been the staunchest supporters of Mugabe’s long rule but are now seen as backing ousted vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa whose removal by the president sparked the current crisis.

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