>> Zimbabwe's leader Robert Mugabe is reportedly refusing to go quietly, despite an apparent military coup on Wednesday that's landed the 93-year-old President under house arrest.>>
> And with Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai flying into the country late on Wednesday, there's speculation that Mugabe, who's ruled the southern Africa country for nearly four decades, has fallen victim to a long planned move by his opponents to assume control.
Intelligence reports seen by Reuters suggest that Mugabe's former security chief, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has been mapping out a post-Mugabe vision with the military and opposition for more than a year. Nicknamed the Crocodile, he was removed from his position as vice president and Mugabe's presumed successor a week ago. That was seen as clearing a path for Mugabe's wife to succeed him as president.
And perhaps fired the starting pistol that saw the armored vehicles mobilize in Harare. Mugabe and his wife are now confined to their home. A senior political source told Reuters that a Catholic priest is acting as a middleman between Mugabe and the generals, trying to ensure a graceful exit.
But the formal guerilla is resisting the mediation, the source said, insisting he can only be removed as president by a party leadership vote. On the streets of Zimbabwe, the situation remains calm.>> No one is doing anything to anyone.>> Albeit under the watchful eye of soldiers placed at strategic locations.
But the dramatic turn of events behind closed doors could signal a once in a generation change for the former British colony. And may end the reign of a leader admired as a liberation hero by Africans inside and outside Zimbabwe. But reviled in the West as a despot whose economic policies and willingness to resort to violence destroyed one of Africa's most promising states.