HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
has resigned. His resignation was announced Tuesday by Speaker of
Parliament Jacob Mudenda during a joint sitting of Senate and
National Assembly that was debating his impeachment motion.
In his resignation letter Mugabe said:
"I, Robert Gabriel Mugabe,
in terms of Section 96 sub section 1 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe
hereby formally tender my resignation as the President of Zimbabwe
with immediate effect."
"My decision to resign is voluntary on my part and
arises from my concern with the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe
and my desire to ensure a smooth, peaceful and non-violent
transition of power that underpins national security, peace and
Mudenda immediately announced suspension of debate and said he
will immediately put in place proper legal processes to install a
new country president no later than end of Wednesday.
The resignation came two days after the ruling Zanu-PF party
deposed Mugabe as leader, and also recalled him from government over
a litany of charges.
The party had given Mugabe until mid-day on Monday to resign, but
he ignored the deadline, prompting Zanu-PF legislators on Tuesday to
start parliamentary impeachment proceedings against him.
However, as the impeachment proceedings got underway, Mugabe
abruptly resigned, ending almost four decades of near total
dominance of Zimbabwe’s political landscape.
Zimbabwe Former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa persuaded
Mugabe to resign and said he will not return to Zimbabwe until he is
satisfied that his personal security is guaranteed.
In a press statement released on Tuesday morning, Mnangagwa
confirmed that he had spoken with Mugabe Monday.
He called on Mugabe to resign in line with the wishes of the
people who demanded his resignation as they demonstrated at the
weekend in support of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces (ZDF) who took
over government operations last Tuesday.
He said he had told Mugabe that the current political and
constitutional crisis in the country was not a matter between the
two of them but between the people of Zimbabwe and Mugabe.
"The people of Zimbabwe have clearly spoken on this matter.
"To me the voice of the people is the voice of God and their lack
of trust and confidence in the leadership of President Mugabe has
"The people of Zimbabwe have spoken with one voice and it is my
appeal to President Mugabe that he should take heed of this clarion
call by the people of Zimbabwe to resign so that the country can
move forward and preserve his legacy," he said.
He said he had told Mugabe that he had two options: either
cooperate with the defense forces for a peaceful resolution to the
crisis which would result in the preservation of his legacy or
continue to dig in and suffer humiliation because definitely the
will of the people would prevail against one person.
In neighboring country South Africa, traffic reportedly came to a
standstill in its largest city Johannesburg on Tuesday as thousands
of Zimbabweans went to the streets to celebrate following the
resignation of their President Robert Mugabe.
A 30 year old teacher Yeukai Shumba said she loves the former
president Mugabe, however, Mugabe made a mistake by allowing his
wife to control him.
"We need change in our country.
"We have been struggling for so long ...
"Definitely, I would go back home.
"I love my country, I am proudly a Zimbabwean.
"I know things won’t change overnight but I would like to see
more jobs for our youths.
"I would also want to see improvement in our health sector and
our education must be affordable to all people," she said.
Another Zimbabwean teacher, based in Johannesburg, Sylvester
Simanga Dube, welcomed Mugabe’s resignation.
He said many Zimbabweans are homesick having been in the foreign
lands for years.
"Well I don’t mind who comes in as president but there are signs
that we are going to have a fresh promising restart.
"The new leader must work on economic revival and must have an
appealing voice to the international community," he said.
Earlier on Tuesday, Zimbabwean state media New Ziana reported
that South African President Jacob Zuma and his Angolan counterpart
Joao Lourenco will travel to Zimbabwe on Wednesday to assess the
political situation in the country.
UN calls for calm in Zimbabwe following resignation of Mugabe
UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) --
UN leaders have called for
calm and restraint in Zimbabwe following the resignation of
President Robert Mugabe, who had ruled the country for 37 years
Both UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and General Assembly
President Miroslav Lajcak called for calm and restraint in the
southern African country after a week of political tumult.
Zimbabwe’s Parliament Speaker Jacob Mudenda on Tuesday announced
the resignation of Mugabe, one day after the 93-year-old ignored a
deadline set by his own party to step down.
"The (UN) secretary-general encourages all Zimbabweans to
maintain calm and restraint," UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters
in New York.
Mugabe was taken into custody by the military last week after he
fired Deputy President Emmerson Mnangagwa. His own political party
restored Mnangagwa and demanded Mugabe’s resignation.
initially remained defiant, his party threatened to impeach him.
Zimbabwe parliament begins sitting to impeach Mugabe
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwe’s parliament began sitting
Tuesday afternoon to start impeachment proceedings against President
Parliament Speaker Jacob Mudenda confirmed that parliament had
received the motion moved by ruling ZANU-PF lawmaker Monica
Mutsvangwa and seconded by opposition Movement for Democratic Change
legislator James Maridadi.
Outlining the rules of procedure, Mudenda said the impeachment
process will follow three stages which are adoption of the motion
which requires 174 votes, followed by establishment of a committee
of Standing Rules and Orders to investigate the charges against
Mugabe and report back to parliament.
The third stage is the actual voting, which requires a two-thirds
majority. Mudenda said 232 votes out of a total 347 members of
parliament are needed for the impeachment motion to prevail.
There are 269 members in the National Assembly and 78 members in
"This motion is unprecedented in the history of post-independent
Zimbabwe," Mudenda said at a brief sitting of parliament Tuesday
afternoon before it adjourned to 16:30 hours for the joint sitting
of the National Assembly and Senate at a bigger venue at the Harare
International Conference Center in the capital.
The impeachment of Mugabe comes after he was removed by his party
as its leader on Sunday and his refusal to accede to the party’s
ultimatum for him to resign by Monday noon.
South African and Angolan leaders to travel to Zimbabwe: state media
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
South African President Jacob Zuma
and his Angolan counterpart Joao Lourenco will travel to Zimbabwe to
assess the political situation in the country following a military
takeover of government affairs.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Tuesday
released a statement at the end of an SADC Troika meeting held in
Angola, which confirmed Zuma and Lourenco would arrive in Zimbabwe
on Wednesday, Zimbabwean state media New Ziana reported Tuesday.
"The Summit of Organ Troika plus SADC chair noted with great
concern the unfolding political situation in the Republic of
Zimbabwe, and resolved that President Jacob Zuma, in his capacity as
Chairperson of SADC, and His Excellency Joao Manuel Goncalves
Lourenco in his capacity as Chairperson of the Organ on Politics and
Defence and Security Cooperation will immediately undertake a
mission to Zimbabwe on 22 November 2017 to assess the situation,"
SADC said in its statement.
The SADC mission comes as Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is
under growing pressure to resign.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwean ruling party Zanu PF has started processes
to impeach Mugabe in Parliament as calls for his resignation
Zimbabwe cabinet fails to take off after ministers snub Mugabe:
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
A routine cabinet meeting that had
been called by President Robert Mugabe Tuesday failed to take place
after cabinet ministers snubbed the meeting, the official Herald
The newspaper said the ministers resolved to snub the cabinet
meeting at a party caucus meeting Monday.
A joint sitting of the Senate and National Assembly to impeach
Mugabe is set to be held at Harare International Conference Center
in the capital Tuesday afternoon as it can accommodate all
legislators than the current parliament building which is small,
according to the newspaper.
Mugabe’s impeachment comes after he missed the party deadline to
resign by Monday noon following military takeover of government and
street protests Saturday by Zimbabweans calling on him to resign.
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