Mugabe ignores deadline to quit, ruling party calls meeting

Randolph Lopez
Ноября 21, 2017

His once-loyal ZANU-PF party - who has already sacked him and told him to resign as head of state - warned it would seek to impeach him if he fails to quit by midday on Monday (1000 GMT).

However, Mugabe was expected to announce his resignition yesterday evening after the party had announced the expulsion.

Zimbabwe's state-run broadcaster says ruling party members are summoned to a meeting Monday afternoon as talk of impeaching longtime President Robert Mugabe continues.

Higher education minister Jonathan Moyo, local government minister Saviour Kasukuwere, and finance minister Ignatius Chombo are in military custody since last week when the military army took over government. The students are also demanding that a doctorate given to first lady Grace Mugabe be revoked.

Zanu-PF also resolved to elect Mnangagwa - who was recently fired as vice president by Mugabe - as the party's new leader.

But now, with Mugabe refusing to resign despite repeated attempts at persuasion, and with parliament threatening to begin impeachment proceedings Tuesday, the military could be on a long and complicated path with a formidable opponent: Mugabe himself.

Former vice president Joyce Mujuru, one of the people expelled in 2014, who has since formed a party, was not reinstated.

CNN reported that under the terms of Mugabe's agreement with the army, he and his wife would be granted full immunity.

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Mugabe could now be removed from power in a matter of days in what would be a humiliating end to the career of the "Grand Old Man" of African politics.

Two other political sources said 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 mid-week intervention look like a coup. However, a complicating factor in finding a way forward is the internal political situation in the ZANU-PF party.

Ever since the army took over about two meetings have been held, but Mugabe refused to sign the deals offered.

They said that opportunity will only be exploited for the good of Zimbabwe if the country's central problem is clearly identified.

And that "deeper disease" according to the Church leaders, is the gross disrespect for "our hard-earned Constitution", noting the dwindling confidence in the idea that "the separation of the three arms of the state, the executive, the legislature and the judiciary are functioning in proper relationships of checks and balances".

Zhuwao, who is in hiding in South Africa, said Mugabe had not slept since the military took over.

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.

However, George Charamba, Mr Mugabe's spokesman and possible drafter of the speech, told the Financial Times before the president went on air on Sunday that the generals were not seeking Mr Mugabe's resignation.

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