Mugabe makes first public appearance since military takeover

Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe arrives to preside over a student graduation ceremony at Zimbabwe Open University on the outskirts of Harare. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe showed up at the graduation ceremony of Zimbabwe Open University in Harare on Friday morning, local media reports say.

The appearance was the long-ruling leader’s first since the army seized control of the country on Tuesday.

The 93-year-old appeared without his wife, Grace, and Higher and Tertiary education minister Jonathan Moyo, who is reportedly in the custody of the army, Zimbabwe Newsday reports.

Mr. Mugabe’s appearance came moments after the military said progress was being achieved in the ongoing negotiations between the embattled leader and military leaders.

The talk is being brokered by South African Development Community representatives who were sent to the country by South African President Jacob Zuma.

Mr. Mugabe was placed on a house arrest following the coup on Tuesday, and was seen for the first time in a group photo with military leaders and negotiators on Thursday evening.

He has reportedly refused to step down, insisting he is the only legitimate leader of the country.


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  • Alex

    Am enjoying the way the military are treating president Mugabe with respect and dignity.Mugabe is far better than minority of African rulers that has rule their countries for even a year.for me and those who knows what’s on,the only crime of Mugabe is he ask the West to treat his people Zimbabweans with dignity and let them own their God given resources.if anyone wants to argue it,i will want to challenge the person to count how many buildings or banks accounts he has in Western Nations compared to those of African rulers whom they WEST always heap praises on.For Pan-Africans,his only mistakes is staying too long in office which we think,he did so in given two fingers to Imperialist who thinks they have the rights to tell any African leader when to go if the didnt play ball.

    • Ajayi Ifayemi

      And that is the only yardstick? The country is almost nonfunctional. The currency has no value. I will think he has some responsibilities for that.

      • kanen

        Thank you my friend. He is a typical African leader whose desperation for power makes him blind to common sense. As sycophants people (fellow Africans) are also there who also remain blind to the hardships and sufferings they subject their people to.
        When shall Africans get out of this crude politics?

    • Adeyi

      And that is why the military guys generously organised a befitting convocation for him. Check out his convocation gown and cap. ‘Colourful’ exit.

    • Adeyi

      And that is why the military guys generously organised a befitting convocation for him. Check out his convocation gown and cap. ‘Colourful’ exit.

  • Dan Arewa

    Mugabe deserve the kind of treatment he is having. No doubt he is the most respected person in That country having being one of those that super headed the countries independent from the British. The military should continue to show him respect and let the international community try to convince him to step down due to old age and other economic challenges.
    Let their be a ceremonial hand over to somebody else.

  • Rommel

    Old age has prevented Mr Mugabe from realizing that this display is nothing but humiliation for a once maximum ruler, he is so drunk with power that anything that seems like it becomes oxygen for him, any functional person would have declined this inivitation, he is now officially a ceremonial president.

    • Abdu

      You, Rommel, talking of old age!

  • Adeyi

    The military guys are just according Mr. Mugabe much respect as a founding father of the republic. But he shouldn’t take that magnanimity for granted, but accept the situation. He should also be smiling from ear to ear about how his ‘comrades’ in the military have saved him from his wife. What a thorn in the flesh she was!

  • Adeyi

    The military guys are just according Mr. Mugabe much respect as a founding father of the republic. But he shouldn’t take that magnanimity for granted, but accept the situation. He should also be smiling from ear to ear about how his ‘comrades’ in the military have saved him from his wife. What a thorn in the flesh she was!

  • Adeyi

    Mugabe’s convocation is coming too soon after his graduation from the presidency. Congratulations, Sir!

  • Adeyi

    Mugabe’s convocation is coming too soon after his graduation from the presidency. Congratulations, Sir!

  • Mufu Ola

    Zimbabwe military need come to Nigeria to learn d art of core coup.

    • KPerfect Square

      Come to your lawless Nigeria and learn how to be lawless and murderous.
      God is watching the affairs of men, be careful what you say and do, all those so called Army generals that has never fought any way should alow the old man to achieve his dream by being a life presdo at least for a payback for his castration from the white colony denying his the taste of having a biological child, he’s almost done I mean @ 93 what’s remaining?