Zimbabwe's Mugabe told to resign ahead of impeachment proceedings

Marsha Scott
November 22, 2017

Mugabe had been expected to announce his resignation in a televised speech last night, but instead told viewers he would continue to preside over his party at a congress next month. His Excellency‚ Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe has always said that if the people don't want him he will leave office‚ now that they have spoken he must now ACCEPT the will of the people and resign.

People celebrate in the streets of Harare after the resignation of Robert Mugabe.

Mnangagwa was named as ZANU-PF's new party chief on Sunday, paving the way for him to contest the 2018 presidential elections. The people of Zimbabwe have clearly spoken on this matter. Instead Mugabe dashed their hopes with a freakish and rambling televised address on Sunday night in which he made no mention of his own fate.

The tumult Tuesday follows days of uncertainty surrounding Mugabe, who was displaced from power by the military in an attempt to reclaim the country from the "criminals around [Mugabe] who are committing crimes" - though, as it soon became clear, the military intended Mugabe to step down, too.

Zanu-PF accuses Mugabe of allowing Grace to make public utterances on issues of government, like the appointing and dismissal of government ministers and senior civil servants.

Earlier, Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF resolved to bring a motion in parliament on Tuesday to impeach Mugabe, after a noon deadline expired for the besieged leader to resign and bring the curtain down on almost four decades in power. Six days after the military takeover, her whereabouts were still unknown.

The 93-year old clung on for a week after an army takeover and expulsion from his own ruling ZANU-PF party, which also told him to leave power.

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"We have the numbers, the opposition is also going to support us", Vongai Mupereri, a party MP, said.

"The longer this goes on for, the more the likelihood of violence increases".

Zimbabwe's generals urgently need a good lawyer, writes Michael Holman in London.

Not everyone was confident that the new administration would Prominent Zimbabwean opposition politician David Coltart warned "We have removed a tyrant but not yet a tyranny". If Robert Mugabe digs in and his health holds up, it could take weeks of wrangling before any successor can legitimately take over. This is especially so if your target is a stubborn old man, with a law degree to his name and your goal, as the organisers of last week's military takeover have stated, is to remain within the confines of a constitution created to protect the president from arbitrary removal. Parliament is the ultimate expression of the will of the people outside an election and in my view is expressing national sentiment by implementing the Impeachment Proceedings therefore talks between myself and the President can not supercede the expression and fundamental rights of fellow Zimbabweans. l am aware that the nation at large has been protesting against the incumbent and I believe they have a right to protest in terms of our constitution.

- December 31, 1987:- Mugabe assumes more powerful role as president of Zimbabwe after constitution is changed and post of prime minister is abolished. In which case the only remaining lawful method for him to be ousted is under section 97. Committees must investigate and present evidence.

Mnangagwa was initially believed to be in South Africa.

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