Mugabe is ‘too old, let his wife usurp government powers and created a 15-year economic tailspin in Zimbabwe’: Draft impeachment declares despot is a ‘source of instability’ as lawmakers claim it will take two days to get rid of him

Monday, November 20, 2017
By Paul Martin

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 93, clung to power on Sunday night with a rambling speech in Harare
The dictator vowed to hold a Zanu PF party conference in the coming weeks and said he would preside over it
Tweets from his opponents suggest he was supposed to deliver a resignation speech, but went off-script
There are claims Mugabe decided to fight on after intervention from his trusted cleric Father Fidelis Mukonori
However, he is now said to have drafted a resignation letter having insisted on immunity for him and his wife
Ruling Zanu PF said in a draft impeachment motion today that the dictator was a ‘source of instability’

20 November 2017

Robert Mugabe is a ‘source of instability’, has shown disrespect for the rule of law and is to blame for an economic tailspin over the past 15 years, his ruling party said in a draft impeachment motion today.

The 93-year-old could be thrown out of parliament within two days and is said to have demanded immunity for him and his wife, Grace, 52.

One member of the ruling Zanu PF party said the main charge against Mugabe was ‘allowing his wife to usurp government powers’ and that ‘he is too old and cannot even walk without help’.

A midday deadline for Mugabe to stand down has passed and while an impeachment motion has been drafted, parliament does not sit on Mondays so any such action would have to wait.

Yesterday, the dictator went off script during a speech and stunned Zimbabwe by failing to resign, vowing instead to fix problems within Zanu PF himself rather than hand power to ousted vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa. There were claims this morning that he had swapped speeches to avoid resignation.

Zanu PF has already sacked Mugabe and in a draft motion today, the party accused him of being a ‘source of instability’ and presiding over an ‘unprecedented economic tailspin’ in the last 15 years.

The party’s deputy secretary for legal affairs Paul Mangwana said Mugabe was ‘too old’ and had allowed his wife to usurp government powers’ as he revealed the dictator is resisting calls to step down. He said the party will move a motion for impeachment on Tuesday and set up a committee and on Wednesday it will report back and ‘we vote him out’.

Christopher Mutsvangwa, the chairman of the veterans’ association, who has been spearheading efforts to remove the dictator, said he was disappointed that ‘in the midst of all those generals’ Mugabe had appeared to ‘swap’ speeches yesterday and called for more protests to ‘save the country further turmoil’.

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