Pressure mount on President Robert Mugabe to resign

Harare: Eight out of the ten provincial committees of Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party called on President Robert Mugabe to step down, a media report said.

The call came after the military takeover of the government earlier this week.

The provinces accused Mugabe of allowing the formation of cabals and called for the renunciation of the G40 faction allegedly led by First Lady Grace Mugabe, Xinhua news agency quoted the state broadcaster as reporting on Friday.

As per the report, the provinces proposed that former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa be reinstated back in the party and the government.

There were also recommendations for the central committee to convene a special meeting within 48 hours to re-align the party in line with current developments.

The military has said it is engaging Mugabe on the way forward.