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Zambia is betting on its Ex president and Mugabe's age mate to convince him to hand over power

Lawmakers from the ZANU-PF party were due to meet at the party headquarters on Monday to discuss impeaching the 93-year-old leader.

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Zambian President Edgar Lungu has sent former president to Harare to try to convince President Robert Mugabe to step down in a “dignified exit” after the military seized power last week.

“Dr Kaunda used the presidential jet and has already arrived in Harare,” a senior government source told Reuters.

The ruling ZANU-PF party sacked Mugabe as its leader earlier on Sunday and told him to resign as head of state, naming ousted vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa as the new party chief.

Mugabe was expected to resign by Monday but he is adamant to stay in office until his term ends in 2018.

In a much-expected TV address Sunday, Mugabe stressed he was still in power throwing the once bread basket of Africa into further uncertainty.

Lawmakers from the ruling party were due to meet at the party headquarters on Monday to discuss impeaching the 93-year-old leader.

Zambia hopes Kaunda who is also 93 years can convince Mugabe to hand over power peacefully and bring an end to the stalemate.

After ruling the copper rich nation for 27 years from 1964, Kaunda stepped down after he was roundly defeated by Movement of Multiparty Democrasy (MMD) challenger Mr. Frederick Chiluba in 1991.

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