Zim Denies Ghaddafi Sanctuary Allegations

Ghaddafi is regarded as one of President Robert Mugabe’s trusted allies.

“There is no proof that Zimbabwe will provide sanctuary for Ghaddafi. We do not have a position on the matter yet and we have not yet been approached to offer help,” Bimha said.

This came after the international media reported that South Africa had brokered a deal for the embattled Libyan leader who is facing imminent ouster from power to go into exile either in Zimbabwe or Angola.

South African authorities also denied  ever having negotiated any exit deal for Ghaddafi.

“I am quite amazed that there is even an insinuation that we are facilitating exit for anyone,” said South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana Mashabane at a press briefing with reporters yesterday in South Africa.

The international media was awash with reports that Ghaddafi, for long considered to be a close ally of President Robert Mugabe, was on his way out of the north African country headed for either Zimbabwe or Angola in a deal allegedly brokered by South Africa.

Unrest in Libya started in February this year at the height of an Arab uprising when rebels grouped from Libya’s second largest city of Benghazi instituted an offensive against Ghaddafi.

Yesterday, reports from Libyan capital, Tripoli, claimed that the rebels had taken control of 80 percent of the city and the popular Green Square formerly used by Ghaddafi to address his supporters. Fighting was reported to have been witnessed around Ghaddafi’s main compound in the Libyan capital.

 His whereabouts were unknown at the time of reporting.

The eccentric leader who assumed the reins of power in Libya at the age of 27 in a bloodless coup has been in power for 41 years.Ghaddafi is considered a close ally of President Robert Mugabe.