November 20, 2017 / 11:22 AM / 3 months ago

Ex-Zambian leader Kaunda sent to convince Mugabe to go - source

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu has sent former president Kenneth Kaunda to Harare to try to convince President Robert Mugabe to step down in a “dignified exit” after the military seized power last week.

The ruling party removed Mugabe as ZANU-PF president and first secretary on Sunday and lawmakers from the ruling party were due to meet at the party headquarters on Monday to discuss impeaching the 93-year-old leader.

“Dr Kaunda used the presidential jet and has already arrived in Harare,” a senior government source told Reuters. Kaunda is also 93 years old.

Reporting by Chris Mfula; Writing by James Macharia; Editing by Ed Cropley

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