Harare – Former president Thabo Mbeki reportedly held a “private meeting” with Zimbabwean security top brass during his visit in that country this week, as tensions continued to rise within President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party.
According to Daily News, details of the meeting between Mbeki and the security chiefs remained a closely guarded secret.
An unnamed official was quoted as saying that what was discussed was private,”but it was quite clear that Cde Mbeki had a few words to share with the generals and the president”.
Earlier reports this week indicated that Mbeki had visited the southern African country at the invitation of Mugabe.
South Africa’s ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mphakama Mbete, said the two discussed “experiences in South Africa and Zimbabwe as well as the issue of liberation movements, as indicated by President Mugabe last month”.
Mbeki’s visit came at a time when the issue of succession was currently rocking the ruling Zanu-PF party, with Mugabe’s wife Grace making headlines last week after she called on the veteran leader to name his successor.
Mugabe has failed to groom a successor in his 37 years in power. He admitted at a recent rally in Chinhoyi that his party was sharply divided and called for unity among Zanu-PF members as Zimbabweans prepared for general elections due next year.