President Robert Mugabe, in his highly anticipated address tonight, shocked Zimbabwe when he did not announce his resignation despite his party having recalled him, setting in motion the process of the humiliating impeachment that he now faces on Tuesday when Parliament sits.
Zanu PF today fired Mugabe from the party and gave him an ultimatum to resign by Monday midday or face impeachment, and it seems the aged leader, who appeared on TV clad in an unusual jacket, resisted and chose to, instead, speak about future projects as head of government, and failed to mention anything about his resignation.
There is a high possibility that the army general were caught unaware as Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander Constantino Chiwenga was seen to be unease during Mugabe’s speech, and at some point, helped the old leader to flip pages of the speech.
With half a day to go till the Zanu PF ultimatum, Mugabe now is likely going to face the embarassing process of impeachment as Zimbabweans in general and his own party have made it clear he is no longer welcome to lead Zimbabwe.
Mugabe’s leadership is blamed for reducing a country, once described as a breadbasket of Southern Africa, to an empty shell.
BY TAPIWA ZIVIRA