The president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, will now have until midday on Monday to resign before the ruling Zanu-PF will start the official impeachment process after he stubbornly refused to resign.
The entire world has been waiting with baited breath for the ousted leader of the ruling Zanu-PF to announce his resignation as the president of Zimbabwe in a live television broadcast that ended moments ago.
During his prepared speech he lauded the peaceful way the differences in the turmoil that enveloped the country for the past week has been resolved. He also said that he admires the dignity with which the process was handled.
He said Zimbabweans have to stand united to rebuild the country’s economy. According to Mugabe the Zimbabwean government will soon unveil new programmes that will empower and unleash economic growth.
“Veterans must play a central role in the rebuilding of Zimbabwe, In respect f the party and party issues raised by the commanders. They have to be attended to with great urgency with all the state organs and personnel.”
He said all points of contention should be resolved at the upcoming Zanu-PF congress in December.
“We cannot be guided by vengefulness or bitterness because it will not make us better than any other Zimbabwean. Our nation should get refocused and move forward and remind ourselves of our mission.”
Earlier today Mugabe was ousted as the leader of Zanu-PF shortly after state organs announced that his wife, Grace Mugabe, will be prosecuted along with a number of others.
The party accused her of preaching hate, divisiveness and assuming roles and powers not delegated to the office.
She was also removed as head of the women’s league.
Emmerson Mnangawa will take over as leader of the party, Chris Mutsvangwa, the chairman of the Zimbabwe War Veterans Association confirmed.
Mr Mutsvangwa also said the party was beginning the process to remove Mr Mugabe as President of Zimbabwe.
Mr Mugabe, 93, remains president of Zimbabwe, after calls for him to resign following the military takeover on 15 November, but he has been given until Monday to resign or face impeachment.
At Zanu-PF’s Central Committee meeting, Obert Mpofu, minister of home affairs who chaired the group, said Mrs Mugabe was to blame for taking advantage of the leader.
Mr Mpofu said: “Mugabe’s wife and her close associates have taken advantage of his frail condition and abused the resources of the country.”