The Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (Zanu PF) on Sunday sacked President Robert Mugabe as its party leader.
The ruling party, which also expelled Grace Mugabe, gave uncle Bob an ultimatum of 24 hours to resign failure to which he would be impeached.
MUGABE FAILED “RESIGNATION ” SPEECH
In what had been expected to be his resignation speech, Mugabe failed to resign and did not finish reading through the entire pages, saying “it was a long speech”.
In his address to Zimbabwe , Robert Mugabe acknowledged the criticism from Zanu-PF, the military and the public, but made no mention of his own position.
The 93-year-old has ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, & led Zanu PF for even longer. During his speech he said he’d preside over Congress for the next few weeks, ignoring deadline to resign tomorrow by noon, as set by the party.
HIGHLIGHTS OF MUGABE SPEECH
- Mugabe acknowledges concerns raised by military intervention
- Calls the action of the armed forces as motivated by patriotism
- Says Zimbabweans are peaceably disposed people as demonstrated by virtually bloodless ‘transition’
- Constitutional order not threatened by military intervention nor disrespectful of his role as Commander-in-chief of the armed forces
- Pillars of state remained functional despite the events
- Economic situation discussed and he conceded that country was going through a tough time
- Military commanders concerns were well founded about public spats by high ranking officials
- A new work culture will be adopted for the good of the nation
- Government remains committed to improving the social economic condition of the citizens
- In respect of the Zanu-PF he acknowledged that the issues raised have to be attended to with a matter of urgency
- He called for return to party constitutionalism and the era of victimization and decisions made on a whim be abandoned
- To chair party congress in a fortnight
- Calls for forgiveness and end of bitterness