Zimbabwe’s ruling party assured Robert Mugabe that he wouldn’t be prosecuted if he resigned, a party official said Thursday, as the fate of the 93-year-old became clearer and the country prepared to move on.
“Prosecuting him was never part of the plan,” ZANU-PF chief whip Lovemore Matuke told The Associated Press.
“He is safe, his family is safe and his status as a hero of his country is assured. All we were saying is resign or face impeachment.”
As Zimbabwe prepared to witness the swearing-in of new president Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday morning, its citizens circulated on social media a new photo showing what appeared to be Mugabe at the end of his 37-year rule.
Mugabe and his wife are shown sitting on a sofa with advisers standing behind them.
A dejected-looking Grace Mugabe, who just days ago had been poised to replace Mnangagwa after his firing as vice president and even succeed her husband, looks off camera.
A listing Robert Mugabe’s eyes are closed. The photo could not immediately be verified. AP