Mugabe 'has hardly slept since military seized power' - nephew

Harare – President Robert Mugabe's nephew Patrick Zhuwawo has reportedly said that his uncle has hardly slept since the military seized power on Wednesday.

According to Reuters, Zhuwawo, however, said that Mugabe's health was otherwise "good".

Zhuwawo reportedly said this from a secret location in South Africa. 

He said that Mugabe and his wife Grace had no intention of stepping down, adding that they were "ready to die for what is correct".

This came as a former Zimbabwe cabinet minister Tshinga Dube said on Saturday said that the ruling Zanu-PF party was set to recall Mugabe "as early as tomorrow".

Mugabe is under house arrest after the army seized power on Wednesday in what it said was an attempt to weed out the "criminals" in his government who helped remove vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa and his allies this month.

Mugabe's wife, Grace, was seen as being behind the purge as she pursued her own presidential ambitions. Some of the demonstrators held placards emblazoned with Mnangagwa's face or covered with the words: "No to Mugabe Dynasty".

Mugabe is accused by many Zimbabweans of ruling like a dictator, destroying a once-promising economy and of numerous human rights abuses during his nearly four decades in power.

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