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#Mugabe in talks with #Mnangagwa says General #Chiwenga in state ZBC TV address

By Joe Brock and MacDonald Dzirutwe | Reuters |

Zimbabwe’s top general said on Monday talks were planned between President Robert Mugabe and former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose sacking by the 93-year-old leader two weeks ago triggered a coup.

General Constantine Chiwenga

General Constantino Chiwenga, head of the armed forces and leader of the takeover codenamed “Operation Restore Legacy”, told a media conference he was encouraged by contact between the two men and Mnangagwa would be back in the country soon.

“Thereafter, the nation will be advised on the outcome of talks between the two,” he said, reading from a statement.

Earlier, Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF resolved to bring a motion in parliament on Tuesday to impeach Mugabe, after a noon deadline expired for the besieged leader to resign and bring the curtain down on nearly four decades in power.

Impeachment could see Mugabe kicked out in days and would be an ignominious end to the career of the “Grand Old Man” of African politics, once lauded as an anti-colonial hero.

In the draft motion, the party accused Mugabe of being a “source of instability”, flouting the rule of law and presiding over an “unprecedented economic tailspin” in the last 15 years.

It also said he had abused his constitutional mandate to favour his unpopular wife Grace, 52, whose tilt at power triggered the backlash from the army that brought tanks onto the streets of the capital last week. Mnangagwa’s removal was meant to boost her chances of succeeding her husband.

On paper, the impeachment process is long-winded, involving a joint sitting of the Senate and National Assembly, then a nine-member committee of senators, then another joint sitting to confirm his dismissal with a two-thirds majority.

However, constitutional experts said ZANU-PF, in revolt against Mugabe, could push it through quickly.

“They can fast-track it. It can be done in a matter of a day,” said John Makamure, executive director of the Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust.

Mugabe’s demise, now apparently inevitable, is likely to send shockwaves across Africa. A number of entrenched strongmen, from Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni to Democratic Republic of Congo’s Joseph Kabila, are facing mounting pressure to step aside.

Mugabe was once admired as the “Thinking Man’s Guerrilla”, a world away from his image in his latter years as a dictator who proudly declared he held a “degree in violence”.

As the economy crumbled and opposition to his rule grew in the late 1990s, Mugabe tightened his grip in the southern African country of 16 million, seizing white-owned farms, unleashing security forces to crush dissent and speaking of ruling until he was 100.

“SANITISED” COUP

ZANU-PF’s action follows a weekend of high drama in Harare that culminated in reports Mugabe had agreed to stand down – only for him to dash the hopes of millions of his countrymen in a bizarre and rambling national address on Sunday night.

Flanked by the generals who sent in troops last week to seize the state broadcaster, Mugabe spoke of the need for national unity and farming reform, but made no mention of his own fate.

“I am baffled. It’s not just me, it’s the whole nation,” shocked opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai told Reuters. “He’s playing a game.”

Two senior government sources told Reuters Mugabe had agreed on Sunday to step aside and CNN said on Monday his resignation letter had been drawn up, with terms that included immunity for him and Grace.

Two other political sources told Reuters on Monday Mugabe had indeed agreed to resign but ZANU-PF did not want him to quit in front of the military, an act that would have made its intervention last week look more like a coup.

Another political source said Mugabe’s opponents had hoped his televised speech would “sanitise” the military’s action, which has paved the way for Mnangagwa, a former security chief known as The Crocodile, to take over.

Moments after the address, war veterans’ leader Chris Mutsvangwa, called for a wave of protests if Mugabe refused to go.

In London, a spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May said Mugabe had clearly lost the support of his people.

Since last week, Mugabe has been confined to his lavish “Blue Roof” residence in Harare, apart from two trips to State House to meet the generals and one to a university graduation ceremony at which he appeared to fall asleep.

Grace and at least two senior members of her “G40” political faction are believed to be holed up in the same compound.

DEEP STATE

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Harare to celebrate Mugabe’s expected downfall and hail a new era for their country, whose economy has imploded under the weight of economic mismangement. Inflation reached 500 billion percent in 2008.

An estimated 3 million Zimbabweans have emigrated to neighbouring South Africa in search of a better life.

The huge crowds on the streets have given a quasi-democratic veneer to the army’s intervention. Behind the euphoria, however, some Zimbabweans have misgivings.

“The real danger of the current situation is that, having got their new preferred candidate into State House, the military will want to keep him or her there, no matter what the electorate wills,” former education minister David Coltart said.

Others worry about Mnangagwa’s past, particularly as state security chief in the early 1980s, when an estimated 20,000 people were killed in the so-called Gukurahundi crackdown by the North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade in Matabeleland.

He has denied any wrongdoing but critics say Zimbabwe risks swapping one army-backed autocrat for another.

“The deep state that engineered this change of leadership will remain, thwarting any real democratic reform,” said Miles Tendi, a Zimbabwean academic at Oxford University.

  • Time for the new Leader to take over.

  • Edson Muchemwa

  • What talk will you have with Mugabe accept sucking you in, the Generals are losing it.

  • Yaa but arikudzoka sa vice president

  • Its now boring ,zvirinani kutodzosera Grace kana vachitya kumubvisa

  • A dillusion of big words and a desert of ideas!!!

  • Nxa wasting our time

  • In talks to take over….meanwhile parliament impeachment tomorrow. Musadzora tsvimbo nokuti gudo rabata kumeso. People have expressed themselves. Mugabe must pack.

  • so they want to tell us all their coup was about the bringing back of Munangagwa.Now bcz he is back then its fine while the citizens sleep with empty stomach.Very boring that people were marching in supporting the coming back of Munangagwa.Chiwenga owes us and he lied to the citizens while he knows he was fighting to bring back his friend Munangagwa

  • rega tidzokere zvedu kwedu kuchinja

  • Go Mugabe Go

  • Its politricks

  • what legacy

  • haa haaa don b impatient behave lyk adults the guy isgoing to resign kwanzi wani he only needs some guarantees

  • ko zvamamboti mugabe fired ,mangwana impeachment ,pedzezvo Dambudzo arikudzoka kuti ataurirane naBob,em confused here guys .so zvoreva kuti pese apa General was fighting for his friend .hei saka takashandiswa sure ,anyway chokwadi takuchiziva .LETS GO REGISTER TO VOTE ndomupedza nyaya

  • Marujata karipi so

  • From day one they said it wasn’t a coup 😂 let’s speak to lumumba & the pastors about the assumptions 😂

  • Looks a lot more like a circus now,feels like we being used to achieve the goals of jst a few idividuals who hv ths unsatiable appettite for power and more power.

    • Its your power to change the status quo stop sulking and move forward . U have the chance given and u want to waste it?

    • Power yaani apa

  • gandanga Chiwenga rashaya plan B,dofo chairo

  • Tjc

    Talking about what?

  • WHAT A CIRCUS…

  • taku macha tidzorere hedu gire couz varikutya

  • #padzinotungana #dzemudanga

  • Ah yass, kuitiswa

  • Ndamboti makadzidza but hamuna meso count some days kkkkkkk of drama. Zanu pf chiranga madofo brain twister.

  • Don’t be fooled by these hungry journalists who are being paid by 2piece chicken and chips to write nonsense….there is no such development

  • Guys you should like ZBC NEWS ONLINE NEWS and follow the proceedings

  • Guys this is beyond human mind lets watch and pray

  • That’s sound funny, Zimbabweans army are very smart guys, I never seen before, they shared dancing in the street.

  • 15000000*5 common sences = to75 000 000 sences is less than 5 single sences. Kureva kuti tirikishanda takagatira brain.

  • ummmm Mugabe achakarotadza kuenda

  • madhara aya anozivana kkkk

  • Dzepfunde

  • Kkkk Pride Chamboko

  • I think Grace was right

  • Ndezvekunyepa kutaurirana kutii

  • Vanotaurirana nezvei iye akadzingwa. Mukada kudzora zvamakatanga muchapera kufa. Ngoma ndiyo ndiyo guys never look back.

  • Ini newe tine basa. Asante Sana. Good nyt

  • This movie ratakaita rotodarika ranaTitanic kkkk

  • they thugs fighting for sheres they robbed

  • Our only solution is to vote these pple dnt care abt Povo.May th under strike them mxiii

  • The truth is Fucken Chiwenga is fighting for His Fucken friend Mnangagwa, why didn’t fight for Mujuru? Chiwenga don’t confuse People kuti zvenyu zvifambe!!

  • That was what it was all about so Grace was not wrong after all

  • kana mukazogara hwahwa hwemhunga hunodhaka

  • kana mukazogara hwahwa hwemhunga hunodhaka

  • Kkkkkkk kkkkkk

  • Iñi handichazivi ķuti chipi nechipi maybe politics its a game or tiri kushandiswa as covers 🙏🙏🙏

  • Ndaimoti politics dzonakidza aaaah nw confusing

  • Bettet not in the oldman’s rule ,lets have change guys

  • Ummmmmmmm

  • Guys its true it was live on ZTV

  • Asi zvatova zvezvido zva ED first bfore isusu povo kkkkk….

  • Takambokuudzai imi murikuitiswa nevanhu ava havakudei vanhu ava mukaomesa musoro zvino muripapi nhasi handei narwo rwendo kkkkkkkkkkkk

  • Heyo zanu yadzokerana, hameno zvavo vakataurisa pama TV hokoyo kuteverwa 1by1 muchiuraiwa.

  • restore legacy? whose legacy? yezanu yekuhondo here? coz it seems legacy yaakuzo tsvagwa pazonzigwa EDM, but it seems there was no legacy lost when gen mujuru died mysteriously and his wife
    also a VP was fired! were they any less heroes than EDM?

  • Was Zhuwawo right? Kuitiswa?

  • They loosing left now

  • Plz Generals we dont want confusion here Dhalas must go otherwise someone wlb fucked on his ASS

  • Waaaaaat

  • Kkkkk ndakakuudzai muno mama chete

  • Chikiti

    I don’t like where this whole thing is going now

    • Munyariwah

      …but kana newe, what did you think was the ultimate goal of this coup?

      • Chikiti

        I wonder what he wants to talk with ED when they are going ahead with the impeachment process, its not making sense at all

  • Grace was right, this chiwenga thing is a bad news

  • They failed this idiots!

  • This was what it was about from the beginning

  • S Nesu

    This had nothing to do with Zimbabweans but to restore Mnangagwa the statement is actually saying ndopazvaperera as long as Mnangagwa is back chiwenga gives no shit about Zimbabwe he knows kuti Zimbabweans mapete pakutya masoja no one will dare to start an uprising

  • General you owe me an explanation, want to understand kuti maiitei muchiita semurikuba kunge kubudisa mapaper??

  • These monkeys they have and are still playing with our Minds. May the good Lord expose their agenda. Amen.

  • Njabulo:libertyatliberty

    1.1.Njabulo.libertyatliberty at gmail dot com.ln my view,l think Mnangagwa must not meet the dictator.I think they must just leave the dictator alone.They have to ignore it .And when it goes to attend the forthcoming congress ,they impede it from addressing people.He no longer has the right to do so ,as that right has been forfeited from him through legal means(constitution).If he does not want to respect that decision which derives from the constitution ,then he must be treated like a criminal.All people have tried to show him respect during this trying period,but he does not respect that.So,its time they just ignore him and not give him any attention.At the moment he thinks everyone is a joke to him ,for thinking he can step down.If he wants to act like a criminal ,then treat him like one.The army must be very careful with that monster,he might be planning something evil against them.Remrmber he gave AU a bribe ,so that in the even of such a situation ,it will support him.They army must be very vigilant.Yesterday he did not tell the world that the army had staged a coup against him.That is diplomacy.He knows that if he had said that,the the world will see that ,he surely is no longer wanted as the leader of Zimbabwe.He just want to behave as if everything is normal ,yet he is in a dilemma.To be honest ,that Malawian (no hatred for Malawians)is bad news or a curse to our country.When he is gone ,we need to pray hard to burn his curses and his spirit in our country.We have to do that so that that demon does not manifest itself in our people.###

  • If i were Mugabe, i will refuse to hand back Mnangagwa his post so to fix Chiwenga who seems is now waking up from unconciousness

  • Vakataurisa gadzirirai kutiza munomuziva kana ouya. Chinoz wazvinzwa here?

  • So all this was done for Munangagwa. Nxaaa. I dont like mungagwa plz

  • KneeGrowPlz

    They are playing us for fools. We are being helped by the devil to trade one evil for another evil. And these devils love sucking Asian dick!

    • s

      remember this is about zanu. now like Tsvangirai mnangagwa will fall for it and the hit snake mugabe will bit hard. mnangagwa and chiwenga will be history if they agree with mugabe. chiwegwa is already useless mugabe has beaten him here. for me people lets go and register to vote. GOD wants us to give us the right leader in a peaceful way. that is what we have been praying for all along. lets change our good message ‘mugabe must go and add on lets register to vote.’ lets not even worry that they is no opposition, when election come GOD will suddenly bring one like he did with david. I feel for chiwenga and mnagwanga, they don’t know mugabe.

  • They all have some cases to answer n they knw each other’s secrets.now its difficult to address what the people of zimbabwe are demanding to their boss because it is a basket full of wrotten apples n they are all smelling the same.mostly fresh apples are being attacked .but economically,all this process since last week up now,thousands of national resources wasted to fire many people from the party and bring one.musatambe nepfungwa dzevanhu .pedzezvo soon will be saying no bonuses for civil servants apa muchingotambisa Mari yenyika for the blessing of the party.

  • Kkkkk hameno vakanomacha makakaura zanu hamuizivi ,a GRP of confused cockroaches,,hanz nemawarvet ngatimacheizve kkkkk,hanz namtsvangwa taendesa nyaya kucoartkkkkkk ,hanz MDC ngaitibetsere impeachment pfipfipfipfipfi zanu kaaa .Mwari vapindira ngavatoramba neconfusion yavo vakadaro

  • Im slowly but surely losing interest in this saga…child play…wll even stop reading any article related t this…rubbish/crap😆😆

  • Munonyanya kunyanya mberi

  • The next result is failling of impeachment

  • It’s clear that this so called general just staged this chaos for half own advantage.

  • When they are doing IMPEACHMENT I wish opposition parties will vote against the will of ZANU PF, these ZANU PF dont have respect for the family of Zimbabwe, just yesterday they never mentioned it no thank no what, and now they are saying it is never your business but ours as ZANU PF what an insult.

  • Restore legacy,to whom?how about focusing on restoring dignity to Zimbabweans,for once

  • pple never understands yu wr jus pawn in a chess game tis was never yo fyt yu w just being used tu push agenda yemunhu anezvaakateya it wasnt abt the Zimbabweans now yu must see open eyes n focus and Pray tu God for a God of a God Fearing Leadership May God Bless Zimbabwe