Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has been accused of swapping his speeches, after he refused to resign in a televised address to the nation.

He had reportedly planned to announce his resignation in the address, after various sources announced the end of negotiations with the army.

Under the terms of the deal, Mugabe and his wife, Grace, would be granted full immunity, CNN had reported.

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Two senior political sources told Reuters Mugabe agreed to resign on Sunday but Zanu-PF did not want him to quit in front of the military, an act that would have made its intervention look like a coup.

However, Mugabe refused to back down in his speech, with his speech clearly being swapped by the generals beside him.

He said in his speech maintaining his stance as president, “The government remains committed to improving the social and material conditions of the people. Government will soon unveil an entrepreneurial skills and business development program which will empower and unleash gainful projects at our growth points and in rural areas.”