By Peter Bolder|
President Robert Mugabe was rushed out of Zimbabwe on Wednesday after collapsing at his official State House residence, Now Daily can reveal.
Official sources said Mugabe was rushed to a safe house in Harare in an ambulance – not his luxury Mercedes Benz limousine dubbed ‘Zim 1’ – where doctors attended to him.
“There was pandemonium at State House after Mugabe collapsed,” said a highly placed security source in his Zanu PF party. “You have to take this in the context of recent reports, claims and prophecies that he was going to die this year. Everyone panicked and there were some breaches of security protocol because the public witnessed the commotion, which should not have happened.”
State media later claimed Mugabe had gone to Ethiopia, but our sources said he was only scheduled to travel there on Friday for an African Union summit which takes place at the weekend.
Mugabe was advised by his charges not to chair a Zanu PF politburo meeting held in Harare Wednesday. He was widely expected to endorse the expulsion of party rebel Didymus Mutasa, as demanded by the Manicaland provincial executive led by his mistress Oppah Muchinguri.
Mugabe’s deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa chaired the politburo meeting but could not take the crucial decision to fire Mutasa, who has embarrassed the dictator with revelations of chaos in the party, the sources said. Instead, the politburo made a watered-down resolution, appointing a party committee to probe Mutasa’s behaviour. The committee is chaired by vice president Phelekezela Mphoko. Its members are: Grace Mugabe (women), Patrick Chinamasa (legal), Kembo Mohadi (security) and Pupurai Togarepi (youth). Saviour Kasukuwere, the party commissar who said Tuesday that Mutasa would be expelled during the meeting, is also a member of the committee.
Mutasa, a former head of Mugabe’s brutal secret service, the CIO, has threatened to expose the 91 year-old despot’s secrets if expelled from Zanu PF.
Mugabe reportedly suffers from cancer but has come under intense pressure at home and abroad due to his proven record of corruption, misrule and gross human rights violations, including regular and routine political murder. Protesters from all over Africa were gathered in Addis Ababa to oppose his expected election as AU chair.
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