Zimbabwe parties begin process to impeach President Robert Mugabe

Mae Love
November 21, 2017

Now under house arrest by the military, which seized power last week in what it described as a "bloodless correction", Mugabe has also heard calls for his resignation from his own ruling ZANU-PF party and demonstrators in the streets.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose ousting by Robert Mugabe prompted military intervention earlier this month, is the latest in a series of influential figures to demand an end to Mugabe's 37-year reign. "And I don't think that ZANU-PF as now constituted would want that end to President Mugabe".

Mugabe's wife Grace, 52, secured prime position to succeed him when Mnangagwa, who is close to the military leadership, was fired. Many of those, including several cabinet members, have been detained.

"If the army had been against him, they probably would have left the crowds to lynch him", Mr Mutsvangwa added.

On Monday evening, army chief Constantino Chiwenga said that progress had been made in talks towards an apparent deal over Mugabe's exit.

Zimbabwe's former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa - whose sacking by President Mugabe triggered a military takeover - has urged his former boss to resign immediately. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said he was "baffled" by the President's address.

"We are going to impeach - the man has to go", said another government MP, MacKenzie Ncube, speaking to AFP after a meeting of lawmakers who until recently were his fiercely loyal supporters. It would all soon be over, he said.

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According to the army sources, the generals wanted Mugabe to tell the world that their takeover was not a coup, but in line with the constitution. He requested me to come to State House‚ and l replied that l was out of the country‚ and that he had already removed my status as the vice president of the country‚ as such I had no status‚ however‚ l can only come at the invitation of my colleagues in the party and of the defence forces‚ when they feel that my security is guaranteed. "They are seeking to reassert it without it having to be trammelled without these negative forces", Mr Charamba said.

This also comes amid unconfirmed reports that in an attempt to prolong his stay in office, Mugabe had attempted to dissolve Parliament or to stop the House from sitting in order to stall his impeachment. "Only if he persists, will things go against him more violently".

"We're not saying whitewash the past, but it is in the interests of everyone that Zimbabwe is engaged at this critical time", Pham said in a statement. The country's opposition leaders need to keep a cool collective head.

Senior Zimbabwe lawyers warn that deposing a president and selecting his successor is no easy business.

That is highly unlikely.

Mugabe was dismissed on Sunday as leader of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front party and given an ultimatum to resign by 12 p.m. next day or face impeachment proceedings in Parliament.

"I will not stand in the way of the people and my party", he said. That person would then be head of state until the next election scheduled for next year.

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