'Strategist' Mugabe's refusal to step down as Zimbabwe President a classic tactic

Pauline Gross
November 21, 2017

Mugabe would of course never apologise for wrecking his country‚ so no Zimbabwean could seriously have had that expectation.

The war veterans claimed that Mugabe swapped speeches to avoid resigning during the address to the nation. Zanu-PF said it backs impeachment and proceedings could begin as soon as Tuesday when Parliament meets, the BBC reported.

Zanu PF Members of Parliament (MP) were on Monday locked in a meeting that started at 4pm as the party prepares to whip its legislators into line ahead of the vote of no confidence in President Robert Mugabe, which they plan to institute in the House of Assembly. "They'll proceed with the so-called impeachment process".

If that were to happen, other sections of the constitution mandate that the person who was last acting president shall take office for a period of 90 days while the ruling party selects a replacement from its own ranks to see out the term of office.

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But Madhuku says the military may have underestimated Mugabe and his familiarity with the law.

War veterans and opposition leaders are expected to lead demonstrations in an attempt to pressure Mugabe to resign.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has ignored calls to resign and might instead face removal from the office he's held for almost 40 years.

Several million people would be bussed into Harare from all parts of the country and would not leave until the president, the world's oldest head of state, had gone, he said.

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The deadline set by Zimbabwe's ruling party for longtime President Robert Mugabe to resign or face impeachment has passed.

Leader of the Zimbabwe's War Veterans Association Christopher Mutsvangwa speaks during a press conference in Harare where he called again for the resignation of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe.

Mpofu also said they were meeting with a "heavy heart because Mugabe's wife and her close associates have taken advantage of his frail condition, and abused the resources of the country".

However, Mugabe did not offer any concessions in a televised speech Sunday.

Noting that many people see the deteriorating economic situation in Zimbabwe and the accompanying myriad of social challenges as the cause of the current crisis, the Church leaders say those are just "symptoms of a deeper disease that has affected the nation for a long time".

The army was expected to hold a briefing in response to the crisis triggered by Mugabe's refusal to go.

Meanwhile, opposition is gathering pace within his own ranks, with eight out of the ten branches of Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF taking to state television to demand he stand down.

As a outcome, the call by the MDC and its alliance partners for an all-inclusive process to take the country to legitimacy is the only way forward.

Other reports by GizPress

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