Grace Mugabe: How the tables finally turned on Zimbabwe's spendthrift first lady

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 20, 2017

"We are only targeting criminals around (Mugabe)", said Major General Sibusiso Moyo in an address shortly after the takeover.

The military intervened last week, in an apparent attempt to block him from installing his wife as his successor.

Mugabe became a law unto himself and the de-facto brains behind not only the Executive but other arms of the State namely Parliament and the Judiciary.

If he fails to do so, ZANU-PF will begin impeachment proceedings. Mpofu is one of the many former Mugabe allies who have turned on the President.

On Sunday, Mugabe, 93, was sacked as ZANU- PF party leader and replaced by one-time comrade now arch-rival Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Instead, he declared that the military had done nothing wrong by seizing power and placing him under house arrest.

"I hope that 37 years into [his] rule he doesn't want another 37 seconds of rule", said war veterans' leader Chris Mutsvangwa.

In scenes redolent of Zimbabwe's independence in 1980, crowds thronged the cities, waving national flags and chanting for Mugabe to resign. "They'll proceed with the so-called impeachment process".

"Yes he has agreed to resign", the source said after Mr. Mugabe's expected television address to the nation was delayed.

He suggested that the Zimbabwean Defense Forces acted last week out of concern, "based on their reading of the state of affairs in the country and in the party".

President Mugabe acknowledges the concerns raised by the Generals regarding the state of the party and nation.

The Economic Freedom Fighters welcomes the unanimous decision of ZANU-PF of removing President Robert Mugabe as 1st Secretary and President of the party.

The once mighty Grace was also expelled for "spreading hate speech and exercising powers she did not have".

But Perpetua Chizive, who watched with her family in Brampton, Ont., said Mugabe's farewell will still come - it just must happen according to the constitution, she said.

The party added that it would impeach Mr. Mugabe if he did not resign by Monday and Mr. Mnangagwa would be its candidate in the 2018 elections. "Mnangagwa be appointed interim president pending ratification by the extraordinary congress scheduled for December....the extraordinary congress should proceed for the objective of ratifying the decision we have taken this afternoon", said Chinamasa.

The once-formidable Mr Mugabe is now a virtually powerless figure, making his continued incumbency all the more unusual and extending Zimbabwe's political limbo. Others ran alongside army tanks and hugged soldiers to who their gratitude for their actions.

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