Reports reaching us say that embattled president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has resigned. This announcement came one week after the bloodless coup carried out by the Zimbabwean army that relieved him of his authority as the president and commander of the Zimbabwean forces.
According to the speaker of the country’s parliament, Mugabe resigned after 37 eventful years in power and was made known during the hearing by the Senate to impeach him.
We wrote earlier that the parliament is hell-bent on impeaching him but it seems he has relieved them of this decision by stepping down instead. Robert Mugabe has been in power for 37 years and it seems he even intended for the reign to last much younger as evidenced by his national address which stated that he will preside over the party congress billed to hold in December.
When the letter of resignation was received by the parliament, jubilation broke out and thousands of Zimbabweans turned out on the streets of Zimbabwe and urged the MPs on. Reports say that the resignation by the 93-year former president was voluntary.
The man set to succeed him as the interim president, Mnangagwa, who until recently was Mugabe’s second-in-command and right-hand man, fled the country due to a power tussle with First Lady Grace Mugabe and he also lent his voice to the call for Mugabe to step down and accept the call as the will of the people.
The ruling ZANU-PF party voted a motion to have Mugabe impeached with the opposition also supporting it.
The ouster of the now former president is rumoured to be staged by those loyal to the former vice-president.
More details to follow…..
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