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Zimbabwe Parliament Begins Impeachment Proceedings Against Stubborn Mugabe

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Finally, the Zimbabwean Parliament recommended by the Zanu-PF party Monday has started impeachment proceedings against the embattled President Robert Mugabe.

The motion for Mugabe’s impeachment was moved and seconded at parliament but the lawmakers have adjourned and moved to a hotel conference centre to debate the motion in a joint session.

Contrary to the agreement reached with the army’s Chief last weekend, Mr. Mugabe failed to resign Monday which was the agreed day. This is also in spite of last Wednesday military takeover, and days of protests against him by the civilians, who were backed by the soldiers, the ruling party and the country’s war veterans.

Earlier Tuesday, Zimbabwe’s former Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose sack led to the political current stalemate since last week urged Mr. Mugabe to immediately resign.

Mnangagwa claimed that he had fled Zimbabwe two weeks ago when he learned of a plot to kill him, and he would not return until he was sure of his security.

He spoke from an undisclosed location, and advised the 93-year-old President to heed the “clarion call” of his people and step down.

Mr. Mugabe who has been in power since independence in 1980, is accused of allowing his wife, Grace to “usurp constitutional power” by trying to position her as his successor.

In a bid to resolve the crisis, South African President Jacob Zuma and his Angolan counterpart João Lourenço will travel to Zimbabwe Wednesday on behalf of southern Africa’s regional body.

 

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