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Ex-Zambian leader Kaunda sent to convince Mugabe to go - source
November 20, 2017 / 11:22 AM / 22 days 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.

Former President of Zambia Kenneth Kaunda speaks during the funeral ceremony for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Qunu December 15, 2013. REUTERS/Odd Andersen/Pool

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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