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Stubborn Mugabe makes first public appearance since military takeover

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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About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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