Mugabe Might Face Impeachment After Ignoring Resignation Deadline

Kristopher Drake
November 21, 2017

In scenes redolent of Zimbabwe's independence in 1980, crowds thronged the cities, waving national flags and chanting for Mugabe to resign.

The central committee meeting was chaired by Obert Mpofu, one of the ministers who reportedly always signed correspondence to Mugabe as "your obedient son". Zanu-PF said it backs impeachment and proceedings could begin as soon as Tuesday when Parliament meets, the BBC reported. It also expels his wife Grace and names ousted VP Mnangagwa as the new party chief.

For example, he says, it's unlikely that the ruling ZANU-PF would risk hurting its stature by highlighting actions that elevated the party to prominence, such as Gukurahundi, the series of army-led massacres of political and ethnic rivals in the 1980s.

Tshinga Dube, who was in Mr Mugabe's cabinet until he was sacked last month, described the president's defiance at "the last kick of a dying horse".

The opposition leader says the upheaval could undermine the opportunity for a "fresh start" after moves by the military and others against Mugabe.

In a televised address late Sunday, the 93-year-old veteran leader defied expectations he would quit, pitching the country into a second week of political crisis.

Mugabe ploughed on for a few more minutes‚ rounding up by saying: "We must learn to forgive and resolve contradictions‚ real or perceived‚ in a comradely Zimbabwean spirit".

Zanu PF said they have invoked their constitutional right to recall Mugabe as president by Thursday, and to replace him with Mnangagwa.

Mugabe could now be removed from power in a matter of days in what would be a humiliating end to the career of the "Grand Old Man" of African politics.

Mpofu also said they were meeting with a "heavy heart because Mugabe's wife and her close associates have taken advantage of his frail condition, and abused the resources of the country".

With the deadline having come and gone, opposition activists and the influential war veterans association have announced that more demonstrations will take place, calling on Zimbabweans to take to the streets from tomorrow.

Zimbabweans are anxious about their country's fate after the increasingly isolated President Robert Mugabe did not resign in a televised speech as many had expected.

However, George Charamba, Mr Mugabe's spokesman and possible drafter of the speech, told the Financial Times before the president went on air on Sunday that the generals were not seeking Mr Mugabe's resignation.

The process can take long, and during that time, Mugabe will likely be around.

Tawanda Majoni, the National Co-ordinator for the Information for Development Trust believes this was a calculated step towards the removal of Mugabe by the military command element that must be understood in the correct context: to give the removal of Mugabe an element of constitutionality.

Other reports by Ligue1talk

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