Zimbabwe Dictator, Mugabe finally stepped down….
Dictator Robert Mugabe has finally resigned today, ending his 37-year rule of Zimbabwe after the country’s ousted vice president – dubbed ‘The Crocodile’ – warned him to quit.
The 93-year-old resigned in a letter submitted to parliament, Speaker Jacob Mudenda said, hours after Zimbabwe’s ruling party presented a motion to impeach him.
Mugabe had been accused of allowing his wife Grace, 52, to ‘usurp’ power and of being too old to rule. It is not clear what will now happen to his loathed wife, dubbed Gucci Grace for her lavish spending.
Zimbabwe’s parliament erupted in cheers as the announcement was made that he had resigned ‘with immediate effect’. It is an extraordinary end for the world’s oldest head of state after a near four decades grip on power defined by brutality and economic collapse.
The origin of Mugabe’s sudden downfall lies in rivalry between members of Zimbabwe’s ruling elite over who will succeed him, rather than popular protests against his rule.
The army seized power after Mugabe sacked the ruling party’s favourite to succeed him, Emmerson ‘The Crocodile’ Mnangagwa, to smooth a path to the presidency for his wife. Mnangagwa, a former security chief, is expected to take over as president.
It comes after Mnangagwa warned Mugabe to respect public opinion and step down after claiming there was a plot to ‘eliminate’ him.
Robert Mugabe’s resignation letter to the Zimbabwean Parliament speaker
I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation with immediate effect.
My decision to resign is voluntary on my part.
I have resigned to allow smooth transfer of power.
Kindly give the public notice of my decision as soon as possible.
He said he would only return home when his security was assured and has turned down an invitation to meet the dictator.
Mnangagwa, said the country had ‘spoken with one voice’ and that the 93-year-old should step down so that Zimbabwe can ‘move forward’.
He also claimed that shortly after his dismissal as Mugabe’s deputy, he was warned by security personnel ‘who are friendly to me’ that plans ‘were underfoot to eliminate me once arrested and taken to a police station. It was in my security interest to leave the country immediately’.
In his resignation letter today, Mugabe wrote: ‘I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation with immediate effect.
‘My decision to resign is voluntary on my part. I have resigned to allow smooth transfer of power. Kindly give the public notice of my decision as soon as possible.’
It comes as it emerged that the despot has been left isolated and humiliated after his demands for ministers to attend his weekly cabinet meeting were dismissed.
Meanwhile, Angolan President Joao Lourenco said he and South African President Jacob Zuma would fly to Zimbabwe on Wednesday following talks between regional leaders on the crisis engulfing the country.
Mugabe had been widely expected to resign on Sunday during a speech in Harare. But watched by a cabal of general who have been holding him under house arrest, he instead went off script and vowed to stay on
‘(South African) President Jacob Zuma and I have agreed to visit Harare tomorrow,’ Angolan President Joao Lourenco told journalists Tuesday after a meeting of the southern African regional bloc in Luanda.
The two leaders will represent the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) bloc of which their countries are the leading members.
is not a matter between him and myself but between the people of Zimbabwe and President Mugabe.’
An ally of Mr Mugabe hit back by taunting the army, claiming that he had safely fled the country along with 50 other members of the G40 group of Grace Mugabe’s allies.
Jonathan Moyo, the higher education minister, was thought to have been arrested when the army seized control.
Yesterday, the head of the army, Commander General Constantino Chiwenga, said Mr Mugabe and Mr Mnangagwa were going to meet ‘soon’.
The two men have not met since Mr Mnangagwa was sacked by Mr Mugabe in an attempt to clear the way for his wife, Grace, to succeed him.