1980 — 2017: Mugabe resigns

Cde RG Mugabe

Cde RG Mugabe

Farirai Machivenyika, Harare Bureau
President Mugabe resigned from office yesterday following a week of unrelenting pressure from the public and his own party Zanu-PF for him to step down after 37 years at the helm.

Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda made the announcement during a joint sitting of the National Assembly and Senate at the Harare International Conference Centre that was debating a motion to impeach the now former President.

It was during the debate that Advocate Mudenda received the President’s correspondence announcing his resignation before he terminated business.

Reads the resignation letter: “The honourable Jacob Mudenda, notice of resignation as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe in terms of the provisions of Section 96 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe (Amendment Number 20), 2013. Following my verbal communication with the Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda at 13:53 hours, 21st November, 2017 intimating my intention to resign as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe with immediate effect.

“My decision to resign is voluntary from my heart and arises from my concern for the people of Zimbabwe and my desire for the smooth, peaceful and non-violent transfer of power that underpins national security, peace and stability. Kindly give public notice of my resignation as soon as possible as required by section 96 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.”

Section 96(1) which deals with Resignation of President or Vice President says, “The President may resign his or her office by written notice to the Speaker who must give public notice of the resignation as soon as it is possible to do so and in any event within twenty-four hours.’’

Advocate Mudenda said he would make further pronouncements on the way forward today.

“In terms of the Constitution it beholds the Speaker of the National Assembly to make sure that the proper legal processes are put in place so that the country can proceed forward with a President in place and this would be done by not later than end of day tomorrow (today),” he said.

The announcement was followed by jubilation among legislators and members of the public that had come to witness the impeachment proceedings at the HICC.

The joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament had been convened to discuss the President’s impeachment after he had failed to resign on Monday, as directed by Zanu-PF’s Central Committee on Sunday.

The motion was moved by Senator Cde Monica Mutsvangwa (Zanu-PF) and seconded by Mabvuku-Tafara Representative Mr James Maridadi (MDC-T).
Cde Mugabe stood accused of serious misconduct inter-alia abrogating his constitutional mandate to his wife who was making utterances on business of Government and accessing classified information without constitutional authority.

The former President was also accused of causing disaffection among the Zimbabwe Defence Forces by allowing his wife to make false and reckless allegations against them.

He also stood accused of ignoring corruption and inability to perform functions of his Office because of alleged physical or mental incapacity.

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  • Matematanda V.

    Siyabonga, tinotenda Mr President. I am one person who has never voted for ZANU PF, but I regard you with great respect amongst your comrades in ZANU . I would rather have you than Emmerson Mnangagwa. He is nothing other than a myopic fool full of tribalism and cruelity that can only be matched by an old sick crocodile . For the time being the score is RMG 1 EDM 0

    • Timothy

      This is just party politics not Zimbabwean crisis. The Army Engineered an artificial crisis for their own safety not Zimbabwe. We have been suffering in the hands of the same ppl who are now claiming to oust His Excellency. I was affected by Gukurahundi masacres bt i have healed. So the same Gukurahundists cnt be the change we want. Army Generals & Mnangagwa have been killing people since 2000 elections. You cnt teach an old dog new tricks. Ndebeles say ” Isikhwehle kasikhohlwa ukukhala kwaso” which means they do not have a change of heart. I told ppl on this playform that HE is not as easy as ABC. Zanu’s weakness & ignorance is Bob’s strenght. Zanu & Zim constitution favours Bob. Section 95 requires 2/3 of parliament for him to be impeached, 2/3 will include MDC. MDC cnt vote aganst Bob bcoz next year or in future wil face a united Zanu Pf. This was a text book coup, if they revoke section 97 then MDC buys in the story. Then Zanu will be united in 2019. Then same story of Generals disallowing Balot results. MDC now need thinktanks like us. This is Zanu politics not Zimbabwean mind you, First it was criminals now its HE?????? How can you call a meeting without His Excellency who is constitutionally chairing both Zanu & state? This was after thought. All those meetings are legally nulified. Im not RG fanatic bt long live HE.

      • s

        thank for this comment. I don’t see zanu reforming itself because as I have already said its a mafia grouping if only we know how that group works. what I want say to people they should not be discouraged or even preach the news of discouragement. people after this should rush to register as voters. in a short while things might change which will make us all want to vote, but we wont if we have not registered. zanu will be so weak during the election time in so much that I a man the street can stand for election and win. so people lets rush and push to register.

  • stirfry

    Lol. He said “I will not go.”

  • Jotham

    Ya-ah, he sure is a tough nut to crack. He’s still in denial and absolutely angry at the great betrayal.

  • The ChipingeAnalyst

    Dictators do not deserve a dignified exit worldwide!I have a strong feeling the army generals have sold out to the people.They sort of put him under the so called house arrest to negotiate the safety of their positions not for the people.The biggest stumbling block for change in Zimbabwe is the army and not Mugabe.The people can remove Mugabe either through popular uprisings or through democratic elections if only the army does not stand in their way.The army is the greatest enemy of the people in Zimbabwe. They purport to play heroes in public but behind the scenes they are there only for their interests.Never again should the masses be abused to march in solidarity with the army which is clearly betraying the aspirations of change in this country.

  • Timothy

    In this scenario this is just party politics not Zimbabwean crisis. The Army Engineered an artificial crisis for their own safety not Zimbabwe. We have been suffering in the hands of the same ppl who are now claiming to oust His Excellency. I was affected by Gukurahundi masacres bt i have healed. So the same Gukurahundists cnt be the change we want. Army Generals & Mnangagwa have been killing people since 2000 elections. You cnt teach an old dog new tricks. Ndebeles say ” Isikhwehle kasikhohlwa ukukhala kwaso” which means they do not have a change of heart. I told ppl on this playform that HE is not as easy as ABC. Zanu’s weakness & ignorance is Bob’s strenght. Zanu & Zim constitution favours Bob. Section 95 requires 2/3 of parliament for him to be impeached, 2/3 will include MDC. MDC cnt vote aganst Bob bcoz next year or in future wil face a united Zanu Pf. This was a text book coup, if they revoke section 97 then MDC buys in the story. Then Zanu will be united in 2019. Then same story of Generals disallowing Balot results. MDC now need thinktanks like us. This is Zanu politics not Zimbabwean mind you, First it was criminals now its HE?????? How can you call a meeting without His Excellency who is constitutionally chairing both Zanu & state? This was after thought. All those meetings are legally nulified. Im not RG fanatic bt long live HE.

    • Tshoni

      You are on point Bro….abakamthwakazi hazavusa sekule ukuthi they were taken for a ride!

  • SHIBOBO

    Mugabe literally calls the Zanu PF’s bluff for firing him!!!! Its HIS party, so no one can fire him. Is it really???? Now its show time. Show us who is real, or it proves Margaret Dongo right that you are all Mugabe’s wives!!!! We are watching.

  • Essexvale

    Hey! Why is the man still allowed the courtesy of addressing a nation which he has destroyed, particularly considering that the same nation has just unanimously gave him the middle finger? The new authorities need to make it clear to the man that the privileges and power he wielded until last week, are not his to enjoy anymore. Truth is very plain; the nation wants him gone and go he must …. NOW. Failing that eventuality; it is likely that the nation will degenerate into a situation of anarchy. And here lies the crux. My opinion is that it is a situation that RG hopes will occur because he would then be able to present it to the international community as a matter that needs urgent military and humanitarian intervention. This, he probably hopes, will give him a slight opportunity of regaining the initiative with the aid of UN, AU, regional African bodies and sympathetic nations around the globe who might be willing to assist him. Old he might be; but experience will testify that the man is a wily old fox who should not be underestimated in any way! Please don’t even give him that chance!

    • mathe

      he can seek the military intervention from AU, UN and as a Head of State what the Generals are doing can lead to that

    • Maphila Samuel Nhlabatsi

      Allowed by who??
      Good hing you’re just a nobody with no say in anything!!

      • ZENZO

        Wena your time is also nearing its end so shut up stutha.

  • qondani

    37years dividing,denouncing,killing people at the end you can’t be strong enough to announce your resignation and send a letter .

    • musa

      a resignation is not announced but written.

      • Cetshwayo kaGodlwayo Original

        Don’t bother educating the fool my good brother!!

        • Zapalala

          Fuseki nja

  • Msongelwa.

    The fall of a dictator gives a country a fresh start and I wish the law to take its course now on Mugabe as he is supposed to answer some questions before he departs from this planet, killing of inoccent people (Gukurawundi ), destroying of people’s homes, corruption and some of his farms must be repossessed soon coz we all know he took more than what is required for an individual, for incoming leader I wish him all the best, but he must learn more from Mgabe’s mistakes and try to put people first,Grace prosecution is coming after you and hopefully you will miss cameras as u thought u were already a president, Ubukhosi ngamazolo, njalo okungapheliyo kuyahlola siyesitsonjalo thina lapha kwelakithi ngolumi lolu olumnandi kangaka.

  • Cde Mafirakureva

    We thank God for the new Zimbabwe. Cde in coming President please correct the following
    No Minister or member of your cabinet should be allowed to do corruption in your name.
    get views of citizens because some of the Ministers who were supporting you are very corrupt they will taint your image.
    The Police need re-orientation to be the people force issue of giving them target of money to be raised to stop.
    The Police should be there to protect public like what Army did not to squeeze money from motorists and the public.
    Corrupt minister,party official should be arrested not to wait public anger.
    Corrupt board members some who are known to be arrested if they continue with their corrupt tendencies.
    Party and Government should be separate entity not that a Politician will threaten and intimidate civil servants or the general citizens.
    The constitution to be respected.

  • koka

    new zimbabwe my foot. ED is the most cruel person I know. besides that he has been in govt for 37 years and only started making noise because he was fired. new zimbabwe is when the entire zanu pf is removed from power. corruption, tribalism etc will continue unabated. matebeleland people must brace for the worse. this is the same ED who brought the guguraundi

    • Jofa

      Sometimes in oeder to be a good leader you have to exercise tough love, you have to be harsh. It’s part and parcel of being a leader you’ll understand it if one day you become a leader.

      • Tshoni

        I guess this is what RGM was doing so why find fault with him now

  • Bambanani

    How I wish all these Gukurahundists had fallen together with their boss. I have never heard Mnangagwa talk any sense in any of his addresses

    • Cetshwayo kaGodlwayo Original

      We won’t sit here and listen to a nobody denigrating the boss himself, can you stop that nonsense now.

      • Tauro

        What nonsense is this Cetshwayo…is ED is a Gukurahundist!

  • musa

    what new zimbabwe? zany pf is still in power with the same policies.

    • Mthwakazi

      Who else should be in power if I may ask??

      • musa

        whoever will have people-centered policies

        • Mthwakazi

          Come back to reality my friend, ED said ZANU will be in power for eternity

          • musa

            smith said never in thousand years, mugabe said till i die. where are they now?

  • libertyatliberty

    Njabulo.libertyatliberty at gmail dot com.Hooray.You cannot enjoy birth day party were they play the same song throughout.The Dj has to change the music constantly .Mugabe over stayed in power in Zimbabwe.All along people have been pretending to like him.l am sure Grace is also pretending to love him.At least Zimbabwe has finally changed her clothes.Lets see how she looks like in her new clothes.Now what must happen is to give every Zimbabwean an opportunity to rule Zimbabwe,be it that they participated in the war of liberation or not.Ed can rule now and when his term is over Zimbabweans must be free to elect another person of their choice.It could be General Chiyangwa ,that is if he decides to pursue political office when he retires,it could be Dr Nkosana ,Dr Dumiso Dabengwa or Tsvangirai or it could be me.Power has to constantly change hands according to our new constitution.That constitution must allow for two terms in office only.That constitution must cater for rotation of regions,that is two terms for a president from Matland etc.Not that people of Mat always play second fiddle.Thaat must end.Zimbabwe is for all people.

  • Martin Chipimo

    I wish the day Cde R.G.Mugabe resigned be DECLARED A National Holiday in Zimbabwe. What are your views maCdes?

  • msongelwa

    We won’t miss you Mugabe u messed with our lives no employment, no health facilities, no development in all this yrs when u were in power, I wish you have a day in court to some of these issues, and for now u can go for ur medical checkups in far east forever no one will even think of u together with ur clueless wife, state must check ur account’s before it is too late and I know you looted lot of it.

  • david ntahindwa

    But any way we from off Zimbabwe how dare can we forget that nice moving revolutionist song sung by Marley …Zimbabwe?