Mugage is facing a groundswell of calls to stand down as president of Zimbabwe after days of turmoil in the wake of an attempted military coup to remove him from power.

The 93-year-old has been under house arrest at his £7.5million “Blue Roof” mansion on the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, as the mood for change sweeps the country.

His whereabouts since the crisis erupted has been shrouded in mystery, with the despot only seen in public once at a university graduation ceremony on Friday.

As pressure mounts for him to resign, one of Mugabe’s bodyguards has claimed he has fled his mansion, according to the MailOnline.

Mugabe, leader of the Zanu PF party, was last seen at 6:53am today and has not been reachable by phone since, a separate source told the website.

A motorcade has reportedly been spotted leaving his estate, though it is not clear whether Mugabe was a passenger.

At a make-or-break meeting with military commander Constantino Chiwenga, Mugabe is said to have pleaded for “a few more days” in power.

His nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, said the dictator is “ready to die for what is correct” and has insisted he will not stand down.

The military, however, has reportedly given Mugabe no choice in the matter.

Christopher Mutsvangwa, the leader of an influential group of military veterans, has told Mugabe they are prepared to let him be lynched in his home if he refuses to stand down.

Speaking to MailOnline, he said: “The army gave the dictator a message earlier today. Either he steps down or they will let the people in to his mansion to take him.

“The army is threatening to unleash the people and let Mugabe be lynched.

“The generals said they will not shoot the people for him. Instead, they will abandon their posts and leave him to his fate.”