Truly the end of Mugabe is here as he could be fired by Zimbabwe’s ruling party on Sunday if he refuses to stand down and will face impeachment next week as his party says there is ‘no going back’.
Pictures show the dictator surrounded by officials during talks in the capital Harare aimed at forcing him to agree to an ‘honourable exit’ from his position.
Reports say that the Robert Mugabe has issued a series of demands to ensure a dignified end to to his brutal 37-year grip on the country – with conditions including immunity from prosecution and safe passage for his family.
Mugabe is insisting he remains Zimbabwe’s legitimate ruler until the next elections but was dismissed by military chief General Constantine Chiwenga.
This morning a senior source in the country’s ruling party ZANU-PF said: ‘There is no going back. If he becomes stubborn, we will arrange for him to be fired on Sunday. When that is done, it’s impeachment on Tuesday.’
There was still no sign this morning of Mugabe’s wife, Grace, 52, who is said to have been with the dictator when the pair were placed under house arrest at their palatial Blue Roof mansion in Harare earlier this week.
In a statement today, the military said it had made ‘significant progress’ in an operation ‘to weed out criminals around President Mugabe’ but others were being sought for ‘committing crimes that were causing social and economic suffering in Zimbabwe’.
The Catholic priest, Father Fidelis Mukonori was mediating a potential political exit for Mugabe – but the veteran leader is insisting he can only be removed via a party leadership vote, political and intelligence sources said yesterday.
Zimbabweans are happier than they have been for more than 30 years now that dictator Robert Mugabe has been removed from power, the country’s only independent MP has said.
He also blamed the unrest on the First Lady, ‘Gucci’ Grace Mugabe, accusing her of rudeness, profligate spending and seeking to usurp power.
Commenting after the army deposed Mr Mugabe and took control of the country, Temba Mliswa said:
‘This is the biggest celebration since 1980 independence. The people of Zimbabwe have been oppressed. The democracy that was there has been violent.
‘When the government is not sticking to its core values… from an economic point of view it creates problems.’
Mr Mliswa, who used to represent Mr Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party before going independent, slammed Mr Mugabe’s wife Grace for trying to usurp power.
‘The army cannot take orders from the First Lady. It takes them from the President. But orders are now coming in from the First Lady,’ Mr Mliswa said.
‘She has not been behaving the way we expect of a first lady. She has been insulting people, going around the world beating people. She has also been spending money extravagantly in South Africa when the country is suffering.’