By The Editor.
November 21st, 2017,
The 93 year old veteran president Robert Mugabe has finally resigned as president of Zimbabwe with immediate effect following a letter he submitted to parliament stating that he has resigned out of his own free will and has done so out of concern for a “smooth, non-violent transfer of power.” Mugabe has been the President of Zimbabwe for the last 37 years.
“I Robert Gabriel Mugabe hereby formally tender my resignation as President of Zimbabwe with immediate effect,” read part of Mugabe’s resignation statement, adding that, “My decision to resign is voluntary on my part and arises from my concern for the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire for a smooth, non-violent transfer of power.”
President Mugabe’s resignation came as a surprise since just the previous day, as he was expected by many Zimbabweans and the rest of the world to step down after last week’s military takeover consequently keeping him under house arrest and several days of demonstrations by the people of Zimbabwe, he instead used the televised address to allege that the military coup didn’t constitute a challenge to his authority as president and that he would preside over the party’s December congress as initially scheduled.
The news of his resignation came during a parliamentary hearing for a motion meant to impeach him on accounts of his failure to address corruption in his government, throwing the country into a 15-year “economic tailspin”, conspiring with his wife Grace Mugabe to assume his constitutional responsibilities, and accusing his deputies of plotting coups without any actionable evidence.
“This attests to the President’s poor sense of judgement and disrespect for the law,” read the motion drafted by the Zanu-PF chief whip in parliament, Mr Lovemore Matuke, adding that, “[The motion] herefore calls upon this house to cause the removal of the President from office in light of the above.”
Moments after the speaker of the parliament of Zimbabwe Jacob Mudenda announced to the house the news of President Mugabe’s resignation; the legislators broke out in jubilation with members of the house and senators reportedly throwing their hands in the air while thousands of Zimbabweans took into streets outside the parliament buildings to celebrate the ‘end of a tyrant’.
Reliable reports indicate that Robert Mugabe resigned after an agreement with the generals on the terms of his resignation with the generals giving into many of President Mugabe’s demands including full immunity for himself and his wife Grace besides non-confiscation of his private properties.
In his resignation statement President Robert Mugabe did not mention who would take over from him, but the Zimbabwean constitution states that the next in line should be the current vice-president, Phelekezela Mphoko. However, it’s most likely the former vice president fired a few days ago, Mr Emmerson Mnangagwa who will be taking over the reigns of power next as the Speaker of the house promised to make sure a new leader is in place by Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
The United Kingdom through its Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged support for Zimbabwe stating that this is an ‘opportunity to forge a new path free of the oppression that characterised his (Mugabe’s) rule.’
“As Zimbabwe’s oldest friend we will do all we can to support this, working with our international and regional partners to help the country achieve the brighter future it so deserves.”