ZIMBABWE – Ruling party sacks Robert Mugabe as leader

Zimbabwe’s ruling party has sacked Robert Mugabe as its leader, as pressure intensifies for him to step down as president.

Zanu-PF appointed ex-Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was fired by Mr Mugabe two weeks ago, in his place.

The party has given Mr Mugabe, 93, until 1000 GMT on Monday to resign as president, or face impeachment.

The military intervened last week, reportedly to block him from installing his wife as his successor.

The first lady, Grace Mugabe, has been expelled from the party altogether.

Mr Mugabe is set to meet military leaders on Sunday and a motorcade has been seen leaving his private residence.

Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans attended street protests on Saturday, demonstrating against the Mugabes.

BBC correspondent Andrew Harding, who has been at the Zanu-PF meeting, said cheering erupted as the decision was announced.

One senior official later told him: “It’s the dawn of a new era. Mugabe can go farming.”

The move has yet to be formalised, but it increases further the pressure on Mr Mugabe that has been building over the past few days.

The recent events:

  • Two weeks ago Mr Mugabe sacked his then-deputy Mr Mnangagwa, who then fled the country
  • The army’s chief of staff, Gen Constantino Chiwenga, warned last Monday that the military might intervene to stop purges in the party – and was roundly criticised by allies of the Mugabes
  • On Wednesday, soldiers seized the headquarters of the national broadcaster
  • Mr Mugabe has been mostly under house arrest for several days
  • On Saturday, unprecedented mass protests further weakened Mr Mugabe’s position

The head of the influential War Veterans Association, Chris Mutsvangwa, threatened to “bring back the crowds and they will do their business” if Mr Mugabe did not step down.

Mr Mugabe has been president of Zimbabwe for 37 years.

31 Responses to ZIMBABWE – Ruling party sacks Robert Mugabe as leader

  1. Eleanor Weekes
    Eleanor Weekes November 19, 2017 at 10:12 am

    It is time for leaders like him to go.

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  2. Essence Dé Michelle
    Essence Dé Michelle November 19, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Wonderful

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  3. luther thorne November 19, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Black people does run everything into the ground. Zimbabwe was one of the richest countries in Africa. Barbados getting run down same way. Dont know whats wrong

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  4. Ian Edwards
    Ian Edwards November 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    You think so ms eleanor

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  5. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams November 19, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you for the lessons and the laughter.

    Reply
  6. Ryan Henry
    Ryan Henry November 19, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    as I said we’ll soon see what foreign powers lie beneath the coup

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  7. jrsmith November 19, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I am asking this question , If the government wins the up coming elections , how then would bajans get rid of them , seeing they were in office for 2 terms and no challenge them , as they inflict pain on our people……………. whats the difference ……..

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  8. Jus.me November 19, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    World Leader!!!
    Looks to me like a circus clown and clowness.

    Oh yes sure someone behind the coup.
    Those brothers had 20 years of this clown en he far from.funny.
    I ent Laffin.
    I studying we option bout heah.

    Where is we so different?
    Jus

    mebbe, not as far down that path

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  9. Michael Warner
    Michael Warner November 19, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Let’s see what the influence of the USA & England have on this

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    • Peter Foster
      Peter Foster November 19, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      The more the better

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    • Michael Warner
      Michael Warner November 19, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      for what

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    • Jennifer November 19, 2017 at 11:00 pm

      Let us wait for sure. We don’t know the half of this story.

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  10. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow November 19, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Not only him..those whole bunch of Authoritarians of African Union should be removed

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  11. Star Wood
    Star Wood November 19, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    It’s about time!

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  12. Bryan Mayers
    Bryan Mayers November 19, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Hmmmm. Another Gaddafi coup?nj

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  13. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose November 19, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    People the man ran the country into the ground, he was a feckless leader, is bravado the standard for leaders or sound policy Initiatives?

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  14. Maaz A Love
    Maaz A Love November 19, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Sir Robert Mugabe

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  15. Ephnie Fair
    Ephnie Fair November 19, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    At last.. it is years too late and over 20’000 people have died.

    Reply
  16. Renee Ricardo Harewood
    Renee Ricardo Harewood November 19, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    De leaders bout here too….

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  17. Hawn Gsion
    Hawn Gsion November 19, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    He was a master leader.

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  18. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba November 19, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    DE CUN’T WE HAVE HERE JUST LIKE MUGABE, BLACK, SCRUFFY AND IGNORANT..WANNA SO SHOULD BE FROM THE WOMB TO THE TOMB…..

    Reply
  19. Mardene Pemberton
    Mardene Pemberton November 20, 2017 at 5:30 am

    NONE

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  20. Huasani Manard
    Huasani Manard November 20, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Bob ya done great… Thanks for your service. Guess the rest miss the feeling of living opressed

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  21. Jonathan Hawkins
    Jonathan Hawkins November 20, 2017 at 8:56 am

    About time
    Dictator

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  22. Blessed Bobb
    Blessed Bobb November 20, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Time enough, he was a useless dictator,bye bye Mugabe!

    Reply
  23. Jennifer November 20, 2017 at 10:30 am

    What is so difficult with people and vision, is that they tend to see what is at the front but not what is in the back.

    Reply
  24. Mackar November 20, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Had not for this old man they want to get rid of. The white people of Rhodesia would still in power and owning them and everything around them.
    We forget History too fast. We black people don’t know where we come from.

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