President Robert Mugabe yesterday appeared in public for the first time in three days when he presided over the graduation of more than 3 000 Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) students amid increasing calls for him to step down.
BY XOLISANI NCUBE
Mugabe has largely been confined to his residence in Borrowdale since the military’s takeover on Tuesday night.
While Zanu PF structures across the country were meeting to recall Mugabe, the 93-year-old leader capped the ZOU students in the absence of his embattled Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo, who is reportedly holed up at his Blue Roof residence after escaping a military dragnet on Tuesday night.
He looked subdued as he walked to the high table in the company of Higher and Tertiary Education deputy minister Godfrey Gandawa who stood in for his embattled boss.
Mugabe this week faced off with army generals who are demanding that he step down for allegedly failing to run the country and allowing “anti-revolutionaries” to hijack Zanu PF.
Also present at the event was Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation minister Patrick Chinamasa, Industry minister Mike Bimha and Harare Provincial Affairs minister Miriam Chikukwa.
Among the graduands was Marry Chiwenga, the wife of Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander, General Constantino Chiwenga, who earned a degree in English and Communication.
Her husband is leading the military campaign for Mugabe’s ouster.