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LIVE updates: #Mugabe fired by Zanu PF… #Mnangagwa new leader.. Grace expelled

2:37pm: The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will discuss Zimbabwe’s political crisis on Tuesday at a summit in the Angolan capital Luanda, South Africa said on Sunday.

Mugabe was fired as leader of the ruling ZANU-PF party on Sunday and replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy he sacked this month.

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Former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been appointed the new Zanu PF leader after the ruling party’s Central Committee voted to dismiss 93-year-old Robert Mugabe from his position.

Robert Mugabe had been ‘expelled’ a Zanu PF delegate said. Photograph: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images
Robert Mugabe had been ‘expelled’ a Zanu PF delegate said. Photograph: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images

First Lady Grace Mugabe has been expelled from the party altogether. Despite being sacked by the party, Mugabe remains President of Zimbabwe.

The sacking of Mr Mnangagwa had prompted an extraordinary chain of events as the military intervened to block Mr Mugabe, 93, from installing his wife, Grace, in his place. Mr Mugabe is set to meet military leaders on Sunday and a motorcade has been seen leaving his private residence.

Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans had attended street protests on Saturday, demonstrating against the Mugabes. Mr Mugabe is still the president of Zimbabwe, although the Zanu PF move increases the pressure on him that has been building for days.

The head of the influential War Veterans Association, Chris Mutsvangwa, told Reuters news agency that the party was also starting the process of removing Mr Mugabe as the president of the country.

The vote by hundreds of senior Zanu-PF officials in Harare on Sunday significantly weakens the position of Mugabe who has refused to step down following a military takeover last week despite huge marches demanding that he leaves power.

Zimbabwe’s parliament will reconvene on Tuesday after a week-long suspension and is expecting to move to impeach the president if he has not given up power.

The committee also stripped Grace Mugabe, the divisive first lady, of her position as chair of the party’s women’s league.

When the motion was passed, removing Mugabe from the head of the party and reinstating Emmerson Mnangagwa to replace him, the hall broke into cheers, song and dance.

The 200 or so members of the central committee leapt to their feet, many singing Mnangagwa’s name.

“This is the day that is defining the new birth and development of our country,” said Mike Madiro, chairman of one of the provincial party branches that had formally set Mugabe’s dethroning in motion.

Chris Mutsvangwa, head of the powerful war veterans’ association, said Mugabe was running out of time to negotiate his departure and should leave the country while he could.

“We are going all the way,” Mutsvangwa said. “He’s trying to bargain for a dignified exit.”

Grace Mugabe, 52, has not been seen since the takeover. Sources told the Guardian she was in her husband’s Harare residence when he was detained on Tuesday and has not moved since.

BBC correspondent Andrew Harding, at the meeting, tweeted a video of people dancing after the decision to remove Mr Mugabe was taken. He said cheering erupted as the decision was announced, although the move has yet to be formalised. Staff Reporter/BBC News/Guardian

  • he is fired from the party bt technically he is still the president of Zimbabwe, next step impeachment ,,handei tione

  • Is this true

  • Whose president.coz isu taramba

  • Now we need an address from the new president on way foward na Mugabe

  • Muchati Bhuu

    True?

  • Ko apo whats happening

  • is it true

  • Hmmmmmmm what we need is the change only we dont care who’s going to be the President

  • now lets give move forward

  • Allow him as bad as he is to live in Zim long life to him so that he see this country turnaround

  • Just waiting for wen he fuck up then we call chiyangwa

  • Angosara a munhu.ko Grace vamusiirei

  • Chibaba Wezhira

    happy happy ED mdara wedu. #masvingo #Zimbabwe

  • Next move please.. musapa mdara time yekufunga nikisi…

  • razor blade

    Karma is a bitch for real. Vakuru vaitaura chokwadi netsumo;
    1.chisingapere chinoshura.. Matibili and his family got relaxed thinking they own Zimbabwe and will rule as a dynasty forever
    2 Aive madziva avamazambuko–Mighty Matibili reduced to nothing, from hero to zero
    3. Ndamba kuudzwa akaonekwa nembonje– Matibili refused to give up power when wise people told him to stop reversing his legacy
    4. Ngoma ikanyanya kuririsa yave kuda kupaduka–Matibili and his prostitute DisGrace got too arrogant, treated everyone as fools including his party and his handlers the army. It burst in spectacular fashion and the foolish goblin was left with eggs on his face!!
    5.KKKKKKKKKKKK, etc, etc

    • ken mufuka

      Iwe Razor, musoro wako wakazara mvura. Ini ndaba unoda kusekesa vanhu panya dzinokosah kudai. I did not know I wouild live to see the day when Matibili eats humble pie. My missionary teachers used to warn me; “Kenny mufana, it never pays to be bad in the long run.” I did not understand what they were saying at the time. I left Zimbabwe in 1984 because I had seen socialism at work in Jamaica. Half the population of Jamaica now lives in New York, most of them in a town called Jamaica town. So Matibili was calling himself a socialist, they have just bought two Rolls Royces, they have expelled 125 tenant farmers from Mazoe Estates, they want to own Air Zim. I knew then that this policy would not work and I returned to the US. Today, I see that Zimbabweans have rejected Matibili and his stupid policies. Tatenda, Mukoma Ken

      • razor blade

        I have lived all my life with the shameless goblin being a shameless election thief, citizen abuser/murderer, corruption, disastrous policies & shocking nepotism but hiding behind nationalism. as far as i m concerned Matibili was full of talk and excuses but no single solid substance since 1980. So you absolutely right, it never pays to be bad in the long run..
        The chickens have come home to roost for this shameless goblin. Good riddance to bad rubbish!!

    • captainkangaroo

      One more important one: aiva madziva ava mazambuko

  • Wouldn’t be surprised if mugabe will still our president in Christmas..kuoneswa moto with a 93 yr old dementia dude

  • Yesssss

  • the Mugabe politics of appointments is the one we are fighting Alas barely a minute after firing him we do the same

  • Who has the last laugh now?

  • Impeachment and is finished

  • Oh shame

  • Step by step…

  • is this tru??

  • And who is the president

  • Thank you Central Committee . but Aluta Continua . the struggle continues

  • Hanzi ava vaakusona mabhareta nehembe dzine signature idzo kuna 4th uko. Hanzi Grace arikucomplainer kuti city council is chasing vendors paarikusonera.

  • i really feel pity for dr gire.ndinonzwa kuvanyarira zvekushaya pekupinda rather zvekupinda pekushaya… https://t.co/H1oEAl6Jhv

  • He is a goner indeed!!!

  • Eish when I will on this fooling dream

  • Good .Old man can now rest and sleep whenever he chooses .

  • Nxa eish amana munhu uyu haacha varaidzi kuona

  • Ichokwadi here tiite gochi gochi.

  • captainkangaroo

    In Saudi Arabia anyone under house arrest can not come out until they surrender all the stolen money. Grace must be issued a passport with only two pages, we do not want this person coming back again.
    I motion the registrar at UZ to nullify and void out Grace’s PHD.