Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe 37 Year Rule Ends; Resigns

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Zimbabwean President Robert has resigned.

Zimbabwe Parliament

His resignation comes in the midst of impeachment proceedings triggered by the members of Parliament of the ruling Zanu PF.

In power for 37 years, the veteran African leader was under heavy pressure to step aide. The military of the southern African nation over a week ago inserted itself in the political situation and called for a stop to Mugabe’s purge of the ruling party.

Zimbabweans Celebrating in Harare

I, Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation… with immediate effect,” the letter read said.

Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans marched over the weekend to call for Mugabe’s resignation. In his resignation letter read by the Speaker of Parliament, Mugabe did not say who is in charge of the country.

The ruling Zanu PF has installed dismissed Vice President Emnerson Mnangagwa as it’s leader. Mugabe, who had earlier fired the VP, had called Mnangagwa to return for talks but the overture was declined.

Mnangagwa instead called on Mugabe to step down immediately.

West African Journal Magazine is monitoring citizens celebrations in the capital Harare following Mugabe’s resignation.

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According to the Washington Post, Mugabe resignation leaves Zimbabwe at a crossroads – with the military technically in charge of the country, but with a wide array of political groups now angling for power. Former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was fired by Mugabe earlier this month, appears most likely to inherit the presidency, at least in the short term.

Social media is reacting to the news of Mugabe”s resignation.

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“Tension” In Zimbabwe As Army Movements Seen

West African Journal Magazine is monitoring reports of military movements in the southern African nation of Zimbabwe.

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General Constantine Chiwenga

According to reports on international wire services and social media, which are still unconfirmed, Army Chief General Constantino Chiwenga has reportedly given President Robert G. Mugabe 24 hours to resign his office.

This follows President Mugabe’s dismissal of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week. Reports say army units have been moving tanks into and around the center of the capital Harare and that the national broadcaster was surrounded.

General Chiwenga, in a statement on Monday, demanded a “stop” to the purge in the ruling Zanu-PF party after the sacking of vice president Emmerson Mnangangwa, and warned the military could intervene.

“We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that when it comes to matters of protecting our revolution, the military will not hesitate to step in,” Chiwenga told top army officials on Monday at the King George VI military headquarters in Harare.

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Pres Robert G. Mugabe

The East Afrika Daily website reports that President Mugabe was chairing a regular cabinet meeting on Tuesday and has made no comment.

There has been tension in the ruling Zanu-PF party amidst internal feuding and talk of plans by the veteran Zimbabwean leader to have his wife and First Lady Grace Mugabe replace him.

Witnesses are quoted as saying they have seen uniformed soldiers posted at various street corners on Tuesday. There are fears that a military coup is underway.

A Zanu-PF Youth League official, at a news conference on Tuesday, says party youths are prepared to come out in their “millions” to defend the Mugabe regime from a military coup and accused the Army Chief General Chiwenga of collaborating with dismissed former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to topple President Mugabe and seize power.

Opposition member and former Finance Minister in a Twitter post blasted the latest developments in Zimbabwe saying, ” the overwhelming presence of the army on our streets is totally unwelcome and reflective of the unraveling of the securocratic State. We all know none of them have the guts to carry out a coup. So Army presence should not be the regime’s excuse for declaring a State of Emergency.”

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Map of Zimbabwe

Meantime, the ruling ANC in neighboring South Africa says it will not intervene in the crisis in Zimbabwe. The BBC quotes ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe, who spoke at a news conference on Tuesday, as saying that the party would be concerned if “things go wrong there because it will impact on us”.

ZanuPF Statement
ZanuPF Statement

In the latest attempt at pushback at the show of force and challenging comments against President Mugabe by the military, the ruling Zanu-PF is accusing the Zimbabwe Army Chief General Chiwenga of  “treasonable conduct”.

The 93 year old and now frail Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980. He and some of his ministers remain under US and EU sanctions which have crippled the country’s economy.

This story is developing.

By Staff Reporter

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