Besieged Mugabe throws in the towel and resigns

Besieged Mugabe throws in the towel and resigns

BY KORIR JUMA/SOURCES,21ST NOV 2017-After the pull and push pitting Zimbambwe people and the long serving president Robert Mugabe,Mugabe has finally agreed to step aside and pave way for the formation of the new government.

The 93 year old has been the president of Zimbabwe for the last 37 years in the west African country.His decision was  received by celebrations from Zimbabwe people who went to the streets to register their happiness.Former vice president who was sacked by Mugabe Emmerson Mnangagwa    is expected to take over.

A letter from Mr Mugabe said that the decision was voluntary and that he had made it to allow a smooth transition of power.

The surprise announcement halted an impeachment hearing that had begun against him.

Lawmakers roared in jubilation and people have begun celebrating in the streets.

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Mr Mugabe had previously refused to resign despite last week’s military takeover and days of protests.

The letter did not mention who would take over from Mr Mugabe.

The constitution says it should be the current vice-president, Phelekezela Mphoko, a supporter of Grace Mugabe, Mr Mugabe’s wife.

Mr Mudenda said moves were under way to ensure a new leader could take over by late on Wednesday

Harare citizens came out to celebrate the announcement

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said Mr Mugabe’s resignation “provides Zimbabwe with an opportunity to forge a new path free of the oppression that characterised his rule”.

She said that Britain, “as Zimbabwe’s oldest friend”, will do all it can to support free and fair elections and the rebuilding of the Zimbabwean economy.

Robert Mugabe has been in power since independence in 1980. Mr Mugabe has won elections, but over the past 15 years these have been marred by violence against political opponents.

He has presided over a deepening economic crisis in Zimbabwe, where people are on average 15% poorer now than they were in 1980.

What triggered the moves to oust him was his dismissal of Emmerson Mnangagwa as vice-president two weeks ago.

That decision was seen by many as clearing the way for Grace Mugabe to succeed her husband as leader. It riled the military leadership, who stepped in and put Mr Mugabe under house arrest.

 

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