Finally ,Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president. swept from power as his 37-year reign of autocratic control and brutality crumbled within days of a military takeover.The move looks set to bring an end to Zimbabwe’s worst-ever political crisis since the country won independence from Britain in 1980.
The ever waited announcement was made by the Speaker at a special joint session of parliament which had convened to impeach the 93-year-old who has dominated every aspect of Zimbabwean public life for decades.
On the streets,towns, and city’s, the news sparked an explosion of gigantic celebration, with people and military personnel erupting into ecstatic cheers and frenzied dancing.
Below is the resignation letter of the resign president which was read out by parliamentary speaker Jacob Mudenda..
“I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation… with immediate effect,”
“My decision to resign is voluntary on my part. It arises from my concern for the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire to ensure a smooth, peaceful and non-violent transfer of power that underpins national security, peace and stability.”
–COMMENTS FROM CITIZENS –
“We are just so happy that things are finally going to change,” Togo Ndhlalambi, a 32-year-old hairdresser, told AFP.
“It’s shocking, that guy is powerful, very powerful,” said Barber Wright Chirombe who was also taking part in the euphoric celebrations.”
Men were breakdancing, women were singing and children were in tears, all brandishing national flags and praising General Constantino Chiwenga who led the army takeover as the news began to sink in.Mugabe had ruled Zimbabwe unopposed since independence,but efforts to position his wife Grace as his successor triggered fury in the military that had underpinned his regime.
His grip on power was shattered last week when armoured military vehicles took to the streets, blockaded parliament and placed the president under house arrest in an operation that had all the hallmarks of a coup.
But the generals stressed they were simply “arresting” criminals around Mugabe — a reference Grace’s supporters — and they even allowed the one-time liberation hero to appear at a public function and deliver a televised speech.
As the crisis grew, the ruling ZANU-PF party, an instrument of Mugabe’s ruthless decades-long rule, removed him as party leader and began parliamentary proceedings to have him impeached.
– Open dissent –
His likely successor is former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose dismissal on November 6 triggered the crisis.
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A former close ally of Mugabe, Mnangagwa had been Grace Mugabe’s chief rival to succeed him. Grace has not been seen since the start of the crisis.
However, under Zimbabwe’s constitution, it is second Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko who would ordinarily take over as head of state.
Veterans of the independence war — who were also formerly key Mugabe allies,had also turned against him, demanding he stand down immediately and organizing last weekend’s mass protests.