Ruling party backs impeachment process against Robert Mugabe

Katrina Barker
November 21, 2017

Many Zimbabweans were left frustrated after watching Robert Mugabe's state address on Sunday.

He added that ZANU-PF had approached the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party to seek their cooperation to pass the necessary parliamentary votes.

Either Mugabe had not heard Zanu-PF's announcement a few hours earlier that he had been removed as the party leader and replaced with Emmerson Mnangagwa‚ or he made a decision to override it.

However, the party may not have the numbers in Parliament to impeach the sitting president.

He admitted he remains "sceptical" about Mr Mnangagwa, who has been nicknamed "the Crocodile" and has been part of Mugabe's government for much of his time in office.

The embattled leader surprised Zimbabweans on Sunday, declaring on TV that he planned to remain as President.

November 16: State-run media publish extraordinary photos of a smiling Mugabe shaking hands with the army commander at the State House amid negotiations on the president's exit as the military tries to avoid accusations of a coup.

Mr Mugabe confounded the nation, and much of the world, when he took to air on Sunday night, surrounded by generals, only to say that he would preside over next month's Zanu-PF congress, despite the fact the party had ousted him as its leader hours earlier.

Mr Mugabe's wife Grace, 52, secured prime position to succeed him, sidelining the vice president, Mr Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was sacked.

Thousands of Zimbabweans are disappointed and angry after President Robert Mugabe refused to step down as largely expected.

Meanwhile, eight leaders from different Christian denominations - including Catholic, Evangelical, Charismatic, and Protestant - issued a statement saying the overthrow of Mugabe could actually be an opportunity for the birth of a new country.

We are not going to be leaving Harare until this guy is gone. Mugabe is also critical of the processes that have happened so far but this is calculated, coming after a meeting with Army General Constantino Chiwenga.

The special Central Committee meeting was attended by at least 201 out of 300 members to rubberstamp recommendations by 10 provincial branches to recall President Robert Mugabe from his position both in the party and government.

"Your time is up", veterans' association leader Chris Mutsvangwa said at a press conference.

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.

Today, Zimbabwe is on the threshold of a new beginning, but before we could get carried away in the prevailing euphoria that comes with Mugabe's cathartic fall, we must ask and agree among ourselves the sort of future we would want to see.

"The process is tedious and it might take some days".

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