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Mugabe Might Face Impeachment After Ignoring Resignation Deadline

21 November 2017

Zimbabwe's military chief Constantino Chiwenga says a roadmap has been agreed with deposed president Robert Mugabe.

Either Mugabe had not heard Zanu-PF's announcement a few hours earlier that he had been removed as the party leader and replaced with Emmerson Mnangagwa‚ or he chose to override it. This is the story The Namibian carried in its print version today.

On Sunday, Mugabe was sacked as Zanu-PF party leader and replaced by one-time comrade turned arch-rival Mnangagwa.

Parliament does not sit on Mondays so any impeachment would have to wait until Tuesday, although a vote may not necessarily take place the same day.

Officials said the leader, who held power for almost four decades, was expected to resign, but Mugabe never formally stepped down.

Mnangagwa's reinstatement paves the way for a takeover as either the country's interim president once parliament impeaches Mugabe.

However, a tweet by one minister, Jonathan Moyo, indicated several had left the country. His wife, Grace, was also expelled from the party.

There is, however, a second vice president, Phelekeza Mphoko, who is loyal to First Lady Grace Mugabe.

Mugabe ignored a midday deadline by the party's Central Committee to resign.

The decision to fire the man whom they had worked under for 37 years was adopted unanimously.

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"The deep state that engineered this change of leadership will remain, thwarting any real democratic reform", said Miles Tendi, a Zimbabwean academic at Oxford University.

"In the last five years his wife and close associates have taken advantage of his frail condition to usurp power and loot national resources", Mpofu said in his opening remarks.

The University of Zimbabwe postponed exams on Monday after students started chanting and singing songs against Mugabe.

But Mugabe refused to sign the agreement, claiming that he was the legitimate leader of the country and the party.

Flanked by the generals who sent in troops last week to seize the state broadcaster, Mugabe spoke of the need for national unity and farming reform, but made no mention of his fate, leaving the nation of 16 million people dumbstruck.

The Zanu-PF press briefing. "They are denigrating the army - those are the charges", he said.

And that "deeper disease" according to the Church leaders, is the gross disrespect for "our hard-earned Constitution", noting the dwindling confidence in the idea that "the separation of the three arms of the state, the executive, the legislature and the judiciary are functioning in proper relationships of checks and balances". "They'll proceed with the so-called impeachment process".

The army was expected to hold a briefing in response to the crisis triggered by Mugabe's refusal to go.

The process can take long, and during that time, Mugabe will likely be around.

Mugabe Might Face Impeachment After Ignoring Resignation Deadline