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#Mugabe given until noon Monday to quit as President of #Zimbabwe

By MacDonald Dzirutwe and Joe Brock | Reuters |

Zimbabwe’s ruling party fired Robert Mugabe as its leader on Sunday and gave the 93-year-old less than 24 hours to quit as head of state or face impeachment, an attempt to force a peaceful end to his 37 years in power after a de facto coup.

Chris Mutsvangwa
Chris Mutsvangwa

Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe has known since independence from Britain in 1980, was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy he sacked this month, a senior party official told a news conference.

In scenes unthinkable just a week ago, the announcement was met by cheers from the 200 ZANU-PF delegates packed into the party’s Harare headquarters to seal the fate of Mugabe, whose support has crumbled in the four days since the army seized power.

Mugabe’s 52-year-old wife Grace, who had harboured ambitions of succeeding her husband, was also expelled from the party, along with at least three cabinet ministers who had formed the backbone of her ‘G40’ political faction.

Speaking before the meeting, war veterans’ leader Chris Mutsvangwa said Mugabe was running out of time to negotiate his departure and should leave the country while he could.

“He’s trying to bargain for a dignified exit,” he said.

He then followed up with threat to unleash the mob onto Mugabe if refused to go, telling reporters: “We will bring back the crowds and they will do their business.”

Moments after the vote was taken to remove Mugabe, the delegate hall erupted in applause.

“The president is gone. Long live the new president,” Mutsvangwa, who has led an 18-month campaign to remove Mugabe shouted, according to cellphone footage posted online.

Mnangagwa, a former state security chief known as “The Crocodile,” is now in line to head an interim post-Mugabe unity government that will focus on rebuilding ties with the outside world and stabilising an economy in freefall.

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Harare, singing, dancing and hugging soldiers in an outpouring of elation at Mugabe’s expected overthrow.

His stunning downfall in just four days is likely to send shockwaves across Africa, where a number of entrenched strongmen, from Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni to Democratic Republic of Congo’s Joseph Kabila, are facing mounting pressure to quit.

  • I salute Mutsvangwa u are the main acter

  • what will you do if he refuses?

  • Its done.

  • he must go

  • End of era!!!

  • Zimbabwe is not a parliamentary democracy where by the decision or vote of the ruling Party has a legal effect on who shoul d be the head of government ………..that stand by the party ZANU – PF is not ‘legal’ just like a ‘military coup’ …… there are other options 1. Impeachment 2. Resignation …………………..

  • Ngaayende ngaayende uyo👆nehure rake Gire

  • Alex Mambosasa

    A dignified exit (whatever it is in the circumstances) is not only good for the outgoing President but for us as a nation. President Mugabe is not an outright villain, is a very senior citizen who has been the head of the State for thirty seven years and the least we can do as a nation is to give him a dignified exit through due process. Let’s tick all boxes without much mudslinging. Vakuru vakati kukanda dope, rimwe rinosara mumaoko. So far, we have generally been doing well, let’s not get over excited and forget that we still need to rebuild our nation as a united force.

    May God bless Zimbabwe.

    • Antony Jongwe

      Well said Alex Mombesasa

  • Haiwawo vamudzinga makwara vayiimba same song all along nhasi aipa ave ega stupi Zimboz wl sing along to make these guys loot again

    • Exactly these guyz (Zanu Pf n War Vets) benefited a lot and to imagine they desert him like this today is beyond my comprehension.

  • We dont care whether the incoming leader will bring the much needed change. What we wanted most was the expulsion of grandfather and his closest allies.

    • I agree with you? # no more Grace Marufu hallucinations 😂😂😂😂😂

  • RGM

    THESe niggars don’t move me these niggars just movies