LATEST: Senior Zanu-PF figures gather ahead of meeting to discuss calls to expel Mugabe

Senior figures in Zimbabwe’s ruling party are gathering ahead of an emergency meeting to discuss calls to expel longtime President Robert Mugabe from the party.

A Zanu-PF party committee is meeting at headquarters in the capital, Harare.

Soldiers are checking vehicles at the gate and a military vehicle is parked inside the grounds.

The military has Mugabe under house arrest after moving in last week, angered by Mugabe’s firing of his longtime deputy.

At the edge of the party’s compound, a ruling party banner that showed Mugabe’s face has been partly torn down, possibly by demonstrators who surged through Harare on Saturday to demand that the president resign.