Mugabe resignation not just yet

WITH the whole world expecting President Robert Mugabe to announce his resignation, the veteran politician, who had been recalled by his Zanu PF party earlier in the day, last night indicated a process was now underway to soft land him out of power.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Reports indicated that Mugabe, who now remains State President, had cut a deal to resign with military generals a week after being confined to his private residence and hours after an extraordinary session of Zanu PF central committee resolved to recall him and demanded his resignation by mid-day today.

The operation also led to the detention of a host of senior party leaders linked to a faction of the ruling party known as G40.

“Today’s meeting with the command element has underscored for us to collectively start processes that return our nation to normalcy so all our people can go about their business unhindered,” Mugabe said.

Section 96 of the Constitution provides that the: “President may resign his or her office by written notice to the Speaker, who must give public notice of the resignation as soon as it is possible to do so and in any event within twenty-four hours”.

The President may also be removed from office through an impeachment process on the basis of “ (a) serious misconduct; (b) failure to obey, uphold or defend this Constitution; (c) wilful violation of this Constitution; or (d) inability to perform the functions of the office because of physical or mental incapacity; should be investigated in terms of this section”.

Zanu PF central committee demanded that Mugabe hands in his resignation today by mid-day or face impeachment. Opposition MP James Maridadi has also triggered a process to seek Mugabe’s removal from office.

The ailing 93-year-old leader admitted last night that the operation by the army that led to the arrest of a host of senior officials in Zanu PF and government as well as confining him to his house had been well founded.

“The operation mounted by Zimbabwe Defence Forces in the week that has gone by was triggered by concerns arising from their reading of the state of affairs in our country and the ruling Zanu PF party.

“Whatever the pro and cons of the way they went about registering those concerns, I as the President of Zimbabwe and as their commander-in-chief do acknowledge the issues they have drawn my attention to and do believe that these were raised in the spirit of honesty and out of deep patriotic concern for the welfare of our country,” Mugabe said.

Mugabe also acknowledged demands by citizens for him to step down following countrywide demonstrations on Saturday but came short of announcing his retirement. He also denied the military had staged a coup.

“The operation I have alluded to did not amount to a threat to our well-cherished constitutional order nor was it a challenge to my authority as Head of State and Government, not even as commander-in-chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces. The command element remained respectful and comported with the dictates and mores of constitutionalism,” he said, but added “a few incidences may have occurred here and there but these are being corrected”.

Mugabe added that his engagement with the security bosses had created a fresh “sense of collegiality and comradeship” binding the various arms of the security establishment.

He said factional fights in Zanu PF over his succession had reached unacceptable levels.

“. . . the lack of unity and commonness of purpose in both party and government was translating to a perception of inattentiveness to the economy. Open public spats between high-ranking officials in the party and government exacerbated by multiple conflicting messages from both party and government made the criticisms levelled against us inescapable. All this has to stop as we inaugurate a new work culture,” the former Zanu PF leader said.

Mugabe also accepted the importance of war veterans to Zanu PF after a fall-out with the former fighters over succession and admitted that the party was failing in its rules and procedures but argued retribution would not resolve issues.

“The way forward thus cannot be based on swapping via cliques that ride roughshod over party rules and procedures. There has to be a net return to the guiding principles of our party as enshrined in its constitution which must apply fairly and equitably in all situations and before all members. The era of victimisation and arbitrary decisions must be put behind as we all embrace a new ethos predicated on the supreme law of our party,” he said.

Mugabe called for inter-generational conflict to be resolved through a clear succession plan.

“All these matters will be discussed and settled at the forthcoming congress within the framework of a clear roadmap that seeks to resolve once and for all any contradictions and omissions that have affected our party,” he said.

Mugabe declared he would preside over the congress processes “which must not be pre-possessed by any acts calculated to undermine it or to compromise the outcomes in the eyes of the public”.

“Given the failings of the past and the anger these might have triggered in some quarters such developments are quite understandable. However we cannot be guided by bitterness or vengefulness both of which will not make us any better party members or any better Zimbabweans,” Mugabe said, calling for reconciliation and forgiveness.

19 Comments

  1. Is/was aware that he’s been sacked by the Central Committee?

    1. According to some Mugabe insists that if he is to resign he will have to hand over to Tsvangirai who won the 2008 vote by 78 % but the same people stopped him then.I believe if it is true then Mugabe is correct to refuse to go because at this point he would be giving power to someone who was not elected.

      1. Comment…viva zanu

      2. On what constitutional basis can he hand over power to Tsvangirai if he resigns? Unless he admits that Tsvangirai won in 2008 and that he was systematically denied a legitimate right to be in the Presidential seat. Educate me.

        1. and on what constitutional basis should he hand over to Mnangagwa.Remember it was Mugabe elected in 2013 and not his party zanu pf.

  2. josphat mugadzaweta

    he needs to be driven like a reveler after a bacchanalian orgy!!!!

  3. This old man is very selfish indeed i hop the parliament will jus finish him off thru humiliation of impeachment.

  4. and on what constitutional basis should he hand over to Mnangagwa.Remember it was Mugabe elected in 2013 and not his party zanu pf.

    1. on the basis of zanu pf being the ruling party

    2. i totally agree with you people vote for mugabe not zanu pf if Mugabe has to go please i beg they must go together him and Mnangagwa

      1. I think with what I have read from Bishop Lazarus column yesterday and utterances by Chinamasa confirming that all this issue is about Zanu Pf and has nothing to do with opposition parties (therefore their supporters), its in our best interest to throw away both Mugabe and Munangagwa. If push comes to shove, I would suggest the rest of Zimbabwe support Mugabe at this point in time, just to give him one last stand and hopefully he will dismantle the security machinery he built. I fear that ED will be much worse than Mugabe especially with his age and the military support he has. Our best hopes in this crisis may be with Mugabe, after all he is 93yrs now. A Mugabe Zanu Pf is ripe for defeat than a Munangagwa one. Think about this.

  5. Quite frankly when a tired & finished 94 year old man who has been in power for 37 years & has destroyed the country like Mugabe has done refuses to retire then he deserves to be retired by force, screw the constitution

  6. You need the gun to averse a president of the state of affairs of the nation he is leading, so sad and regrettable Shame on you your excellency.

  7. i want to understand why the army took a side by choosing to support Lacoste and not g40 or both. this means that the generals have interests to guard. zanu and the army must not use the people to safe guard their interests.ARE THE LACOSTE NOT CORRUPT AS WELL? Remember what Chipanga said about the General!Most of the generals are equally corrupt.ma mine a mnangagwa???? How about chinamasa? vanhu vakati chii pa solidarity march when he was about to addresss the people? vaiimba vachiti, ‘yusa, yusa, yusa,….’ iye chinamasa wacho akabvunza the chairman kuti ‘zvinorevei izvi?’ he got no response.anyway zvaireva kuti mwana wake akabatwa pa boader ane ma us dollar. akaitwa chii ?NOTHING. Chinamasa was asked pa SABC , kuti Transtional GOVT ichava nemamwe ma party here and he said no because zanu ine ma number akawanda mu parly.for protests they call upon every Zimbabwean yet pakutonga vava kuzvifunga vega.The President might be better than these guys who want power by any means. You think mnangagwa will be better than the President? Never. ma opposition be warned better to block impeachment coz they just want to use you then dump you. mutsvangwa and wife, mnangagwa and wife, ma general all were appointed by the President, some to ministers yet hava tendi. army generals will benefit a lot from misrule ya mnangagwa.army is solving an internal problem ye zanu so that they continue looting zimbabwean resources. they dont have people at heart.pakakanganisika ma election why didnt they intervene to restore tsvangirai to presidency? opposition support president because vana chinamasa havadi kuti mu ‘lumewo’. they are only different from vana jonathan kumeso pazviito the same. army sungaiwo chinamasa. referrundum ikaiwa President will will because he is better compared kunevamwe vari kuda power ava.

    1. I agree with you 100% @Itanesu. By all means possible the opposition party should block Mugabes impeachment. The army are NOT interested to solve Zimbabwean issues, rather, they want to protect themselves. In this current environment, we better support Mugabe so that the army wont crown ED. Mugabe may want to take his revenge, and therefore destroy everyone involved hence the entire Zanu pf, this will certainly end with Zimbabweans benefiting. If ED is genuine, he should refuse the offer to lead Zimbabwe. The army is brewing something much more dangerous than Mugabe.

  8. Think Mugabe is 100% correct he must handover power to Tsvangirai because he is the one who won the elections and the same people [Chiwengwa and Mnangagwa ] fought tooth and nail to deny people their democracy.those two guys stole the 2008 election and undermined elections in 2000, 2002, 2005. If they had not interfered with democratic elections, voting Zimbabweans would have removed Mugabe by 2008. Guyz be reminded that these guys Mnangagwa, Chiwenga and Mpofu are not also clean as faras corruption and looting is concerned.

  9. The old man is still in denial. After more than four decates as a leader of Zanu P.F. its understandable especially if you take his age into consideration. It seems the president is no longer in touch with what is happening on the ground but at the moment it is every Zimbabwean’s hope that he does the right thing and resign. Let us hold on as the president doesn’t have any option but to leave office. His back is not even against the wall because there is no wall to talk about behind him. The only Honorable thing to do is to leave office and allow a smooth transition. Asante sana !!!!!

  10. Impeach Mugabe and let the VP take over in the interim until the 2018 elections when the people will decide who will be their new president. The people will then have to live with their choice.

  11. Its proving to be quite a challenge after all.saka Mphoko apinda ka apa

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