Zimbabwe’s Mugabe appears in public for first time since army took charge

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VIDEO SHOWS: VARIOUS OF ZIMBABWE’S PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE ARRIVING AT A GRADUATION CEREMONY AT ZIMBABWE’S OPEN UNIVERSITY IN HARARE, MUGABE WELCOMING STUDENTS AT THE GRADUATION CEREMONY, MUGABE SEATED ON STAGE, MUGABE LEAVING THE GRADUATION CEREMONY, SOUTH AFRICA’S PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA SEATED AT A BI-NATIONAL COMMISSION MEETING WITH BOTSWANA, ZUMA SAYING HE HOPES THE POLITICAL SITUATION IN ZIMBABWE WILL NOT LEAD TO UNCONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT

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SHOWS: HARARE, ZIMBABWE (NOVEMBER 17, 2017) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. VARIOUS OF ZIMBABWE’S PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE ARRIVING AT A GRADUATION CEREMONY AT ZIMBABWE’S OPEN UNIVERSITY IN HARARE

2. MUGABE WELCOMING STUDENTS AT THE GRADUATION CEREMONY (AUDIO OF AUDIENCE APPLAUDING)

3. MUGABE SEATED ON STAGE

4. GRADUATES SEATED

5. VARIOUS OF GRADUATES WALKING TOWARDS MUGABE / MUGABE PUTTING MORTARBOARD ON GRADUATES

6. MUGABE LEAVING GRADUATION CEREMONY / AUDIENCE STANDING

GABORONE, BOTSWANA (NOVEMBER 17, 2017) (GCIS – ACCESS ALL)

7. VARIOUS OF SOUTH AFRICA’S PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA SEATED AT A BI-NATIONAL COMMISSION MEETING WITH BOTSWANA / DELEGATES LISTENING

8. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH AFRICA’S PRESIDENT, JACOB ZUMA, SAYING:

“We note with great concern the unfolding political developments in Zimbabwe and hope that they will not lead to unconstitutional change of government. We urge all the parties to ensure that the maintenance of peace and security as enshrined in their constitution is not compromised.”

9. DELEGATION SEATED

10. ZUMA AND BOTSWANA’S PRESIDENT, IAN KHAMA, SHAKING HANDS AFTER MEETING

STORY: Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe appeared in public on Friday (November 17) for the first time since the army took charge this week, as the ruling party made plans to force him to step down after more than three decades in power.

Mugabe, who is 93, opened a graduation ceremony at Zimbabwe Open University in Harare. He wore blue and yellow academic robes and a mortar board hat and appeared to fall asleep in his chair as his eyes closed and his head lolled. The only words Mugabe spoke at the graduation ceremony were met with ululations from the crowd.

Mugabe led the country’s liberation struggle and has dominated its politics since independence in 1980. He said he is still in charge but a senior member of the ZANU-PF ruling party said it wanted him gone.

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, who had a telephone conversation with Mugabe earlier this week, voiced his concern about the unfolding events in Zimbabwe on Friday. Zuma said he hoped the “political developments” in Zimbabwe would not lead to unconstitutional change of government.