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LIVE updates: #Mugabe refuses to resign

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Sunday defied his own ZANU-PF party and hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding his resignation by pledging in a television address to preside over the party’s next congress in December.

Street celebrations which had broken out as news that Mugabe might resign spread quickly dissipated when it became clear that he did not intend to give up his grip on power

Two sources – one a senior member of the government, the other familiar with talks with leaders of the military – had told Reuters Mugabe would use the address to announce his resignation after ZANU-PF earlier sacked him as its leader in a step precipitated by an army takeover four days earlier.

But in the speech from his official residence, sitting alongside a row of generals, Mugabe acknowledged criticisms from ZANU-PF, the military and the public, but made no mention of his own position, instead pledging to preside over the ZANU-PF congress scheduled for next month.

ZANU-PF had given the 93-year-old, who led his country to indepndence in 1980, less than 24 hours to quit as head of state or face impeachment, an attempt to secure a peaceful end to his tenure after a de facto military coup.

The leader of Zimbabwe’s liberation war veterans said plans to impeach Mugabe would now go ahead.

Chris Mutsvangwa, who has been leading a campaign to oust Mugabe, told Reuters in a text message moments after Mugabe finished his speech that people would take to the streets of Harare on Wednesday.

It looks like President Robert Mugabe, 93, is going to stay on as Zimbabwe’s leader at least until the ruling Zanu-PF’s congress in December. 

This is when official party positions are officially decided – and when Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was made Zanu-PF leader today, may officially take over leading the country. Reuters

Lance Guma on Twitter 

“This is my take. #Mugabe had said he would resign and hence this broadcast was arranged. There was some haggling over the Generals wanting to see his speech in advance which explains the delay. Mugabe simply jumped the page where he was supposed to read the resignation. General Chiwenga tried to make him read it and Mugabe ignored him.”

Chris Mutsvangwa ( War Vets Chairman)

Chris Mutsvangwa, who has been leading a campaign to oust Mugabe, told Reuters in a text message moments after the speech that people would take to the streets of Harare on Wednesday. Mutsvangwa also tells told Reuters that plans for Mugabe’s impeachment will proceed.

  • this guy now needs a serious beating

  • To those who been following,told you its a zanu pf mind game. Here we are

  • Hakuna zvakadaro ngaarove pasi Bob

  • Ngaaende ngaaende nhasi chaiye)

  • How Can Asacked Mugabe Preside Over That Congress

  • Dzungu maZimbo kkk kungotevera kwese kwaenda mhepo

  • Kutipa speech ye agricultural show hes nt serious

  • ko chachiizve maCDE

  • Chinamasa is a selfish

  • Kkkkk aya

  • A President without a party nonsense tipei munhu uyo kuno

  • Remember the good he Did not only the bad

  • Kkkk hanzi iwe neni tine basa ummm Handisi kufara

  • hah ….. life life

  • Chiwenga haasi benzi heyi

  • We in for a surprise

  • Aya saka hapana kwatiri kuenda

    • Zvapera aenda Mdara uyu becoz adzingwa muzanu macho

    • But chinamasa ari very selfish zvitorinane agarepo agodzingwa nevhot next year

  • Ummm poor taurai chakwadi imi

  • The game is over

  • Patosvika pa congress ma general ose ane afa mark my words kkkk

    • NePovo chaiyo,,vanhu vanourayiwa,,think of Re-run guys,,Chaarikudira mazuva ese aya chii

  • is this going to end???

  • i found something shows tuesday this week ozorora hake

  • we try our best these one need a bullet

  • Kkkkk. Ndapererwa ini. Hameno General Chiwenga.

  • Amana baba ava hatideale navo personally;zvekunyengerera zvakwana

  • Mhata yenyu ZDF mabhadharwa mari muri mhata dzevanhu hamubatsire Zimbabwe iye yaparara final mhata mhataamhata

  • General havavati nhasi

  • Charlene Murambiwa

  • The best way to remove him is to kill him you can’t say sorry I did read wrong information …….

  • Nonsense

  • Hanzi ajamba mapage mudhara uyu…….ane nharo mdhara uyu todii naye guys….PLAN B tisanofunga

  • Its only that you don’t understand politics …..central committee yagarirwei nhasi ….kana mukaziva izvozvo mapedza

  • nxaaaaa general pedzai zvamakatanga pliz pliz mnhu wenyu atanga uyooooo nxaaaaa kana nebhutsu apa ndinorara …nezuro ndakadira $200 mutank yemota yangu ndichifara zvekty dhuuuuuuuu

  • No no that was his first part of his resignation letter. The second and actually the last one to be read tomorrow. #Impeachment

  • They must just let the majority deal with him , take him out to the marching mob

  • Uh ndaperrwa he is driving us crazy

  • Nooooooooooooo

  • arikutoda kuita zvekutamba nesu! kwasara kungomuisa nyere mumusoro chete

  • Hanzi goodnight ndozvanzwa

  • Guys we will soon face a civil war,mugabe allies are being given time to regroup.

  • fail to finish what you have started

  • Zvakaoma

  • Don’t you think he might be RIP within this week.

  • Just think of what Zhuwawo said.

  • If I may ask; is not a totally armed rebellion that will be having nothing to do with either ZDF or ZANU PF (Free Zimbabwean Army) the last resolution?

  • No guys Mugabe knows how to play his game bcz he knows that they’re all guilty so no one within the party wl push him out asingade

  • That speech was prepared for Mugabe. If he refuses to resign but is impeached by his own Zanu-PF part… https://t.co/Al8giI09DZ

  • Mudhara uyu haana kuverenga speech , he was thinking from his head , didn’t you guys see him achibvisa mamwe mapages & since when Mugabe achibvunza kuti “ ndapedza? Ndochienda” . Chiwenga was trying to give him some pages but anga achimaisa pasi mudhara uya becoz he was being forced achitsika madziro 😜😜😜

    • Kkkk anga achibvunza cz akura kaa….bt ichokwadi Mac cz ndaona kupusa kwevarume vakuru kuti pane chasiiwa apa chavanga vakaronga

  • TIRIKUITISWA

  • You have got it so wrong……..

  • hapana chataurwa apa zero chairo

  • Ngavangobvisa security yese inomuchengetedza afambe EGA

  • Speech iyi ne proces yeku resigner ar 2 different platfomz……therz a party way of resigning & wl follo & abide by tht failure of wch due procedures wl b follod

  • These people are clearly playing with the mind and feelings of the general public of zimbabwe they are using the same tactics they use in 2000 during the vote yess or no to detemine exacly if they have got the support of people even to fish out who exacly in zanupf doesnt want mugabe. From the look of things the army have sold out the people in zanupf just watch and see from tmrww going onwards

  • Central committe yezanupf is nothing without its leader according to zanupf constitution so its null and void

    • ko vadii kumudeedza, ndivo vakaita bumbiro rokupenga but rekupenga, but still parly can impeach him

  • No mercy for him knw

  • This man is very rude. Masoja pedzai naye munhu uyu akaoma musoro

  • Haaa clever and intelligent mugabe the generals overlooked that he is very learnered and can read well masoja angosara akashamisika kkkkkk

  • Kamudhara aka kakaoma musoro

  • Zvakutoda Lameck Makwiramiti izvi azvidire machecha

  • Welldone mugabe stay there,nokuti chinamasa anga ava kutomama kutaura anofunga kuti vanhu vese vaiva ku solidarity neve zanhu chete.nxaa garapo mugabe titange tavhota

  • Akuda shamhu

  • Haaa mudhara uyu anongoda kuurawa hapana nyaya

  • ndavakutaura kekupedzisira handichataurazve.ava baba ava inzwi rakauya kuhope kwangu richiti kana vakaomesa musoro wavo vachasangana neabssy nokuti nzira yavo haina kujeka. handina kuzvifunga asi zvakauya zvoga uye mwari vanemataurire avo chinodikwa kuteerera zvavanoda.nevanozotungamira ramangwana mukasatonga zvinejekerere mazuva enyu anozoitwa mashoma nokuti mwari atariea munamato yevanhu saka haachada vanhu vake kuti kuti varambe vachitambudzika. izvi ndakazvipihwa three months dzapfuura ndukazvuraura sezvandirikuita izvi.saka ndazvitaura zvakare nekuti zvavakuitika saka kana pane angasvitsa shoko ngarisvike kunemwene waro.ndatenda hangu.may God bless you all lets continue to pray for our way to a new Jerusalem because this one will pass.Amen.

  • Kkkk Mugabe ndoo typ dziya dzinochengeta ma joker kusvika wavakuti card then pfee pick 5

  • this might end ugly I tell you

  • this guy must be told to just leave

  • sal

  • nha

  • How can Obert Mpofu throw Mugabe under the bus like that. These guys are birds of the same feather. Obert Mpofu has become one of the richest man in Africa. Whom is he fooling. It pains me when intelligent Zimbas are treated like a lesser intelligent humanoids. The whole comradeship of ZANU PF is so corrupt. Nobody wants to see anyone associated with ZANU in power any more. They must all leave. Zimbabwe needs a new beginning and it won’t be achieved by the old guard in charge. We need a new and fresh start. We can talk about the army, police, prisons and the law after Mugabe goes. We need to set up the truth and reconciliation commission like they did in South Africa.

  • Rwendo

    I suspect there has never been an impeachment in Africa’s political history. Impeachment presumably involves charges being laid in parliament, then a vote to impeach but does it end there, or is it followed by some form of trial (in our constitution would that be by a parliamentary committee , or by the judges of our constitutional court)?

    Whichever way, this could get sticky and/or lengthy and must be precisely what Mugabe is after. Even in the US, although two presidents have been impeached, neither impeachment was successful (Nixon resigned before he could be impeached). So much for coups that are not coups.

  • Why waiting for his resignation just take the gun and shoot that dog

  • kakuda kutanga kauraya Chiwenga kanoziva kuti mnangagwa ega ahana simba

  • Seems he don’t understand that he no longer have power to dictate. The military has a time frame to get rid of him ..then quickly return the nation to civilian rule. Events taking place now is a wake up call for Mugabe to know that he has overstayed his welcome and the nation is tired of his dictatorship rule. He is already a President in his house.