The news of Mugabe resignation comes just hours after proceedings started today against the stubborn tyrant, who is accused of allowing his wife Grace “to usurp constitutional power”.
The official spoke to the AP immediately after the Parliament speaker announced Mugabe immediate resignation during impeachment proceedings
Ruling party chief whip Lovemore Matuke says Mnangagwa, who fled the country after his firing, “is not far from here”..
Matuke says they look forward to Mugabe doing the handover of power “so that Mnangagwa moves with speed to work for the country.”
This afternoon, the country’s parliament opened a session to begin the process of impeaching Mugabe, which should lead to him being stripped of office.
Parliament speaker Jacob Mubenda gave permission for a joint session of the House of Assembly and the Senate to debate a motion that would trigger impeachment proceedings against Mugabe.
“This motion is unprecedented in the history of post-independence Zimbabwe,” Mubenda declared.
The military seized power and tens of thousands of citizens took to the streets to demand the 93-year-old’s resignation.
Mugabe’s failure to step down came a day after he shocked his people with a show of defiance when he had been expected to resign.
His enemies – led by ruthless former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa – have launched the moves to impeach him amid rising fears of civil strife.
Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party summoned its MPs to thrash out a plan to forcibly end the despot’s brutal 37-year reign.
The motion, which could take just two days to complete, was presented to the nation’s parliament today – meaning the leader could be removed from office by Wednesday
Under Zimbabwe’s constitution, impeachment is allowed on the grounds of “serious misconduct”, “violation” of the constitution or “failure to obey, uphold or defend” it, or “incapacity”.
Speaking to the BBC, former deputy Mnangagwa said: “The main charge is that he has allowed his wife to usurp constitutional power when she has no right to run government.
“But she is insulting civil servants, the vice president, at public rallies. They are denigrating the army – those are the charges.
Current vice-president Phelekezela Mphoko was expected to assume the top role.
But Mphoko is a known supporter of the tyrant’s hated 52-year-old shopaholic wife “Gucci” Grace, who is also facing prosecution over her sprees using public cash and ordering purges of rivals.
Source : TheSun
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