ZIMBABWE – Mugabe faces impeachment . . . President could be removed by Wednesday.

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party is set to begin impeachment proceedings against president Robert Mugabe on charges that include allowing his wife “to usurp constitutional power”.

The motion is now due to be presented to parliament on Tuesday.

Senior party member Paul Mangwana said the process could take as little as two days to complete, and president Mugabe could be removed by Wednesday.

A deadline set by Zanu-PF for his resignation passed on Monday.

Separately, military leaders said they had planned a “roadmap” for Mugabe’s future, and that the ousted former vice-president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, would return to the country soon.

Grace Mugabe and Mnangagwa had both been seen as potential successors to the ageing president. But earlier this month, Mugabe fired his deputy – widely seen as an endorsement of his wife – prompting a military intervention.

The country’s top general said Mugabe and his former deputy had been in contact, and would hold in-person talks soon.

Zimbabwe’s constitution allows for impeachment on grounds of “serious misconduct”, “violation” of the constitution or “failure to obey, uphold or defend” it, or “incapacity”.

“The main charge is that he has allowed his wife to usurp constitutional power when she has no right to run government. But she is insulting civil servants, the vice president, at public rallies. They are denigrating the army – those are the charges,” Paul Mangwana said, emerging from a party meeting.

“He has refused to implement the constitution of Zimbabwe – particularly we had elections for the provincial councils, but up to now they have not been put into office.

“He is of advanced age, that he no longer has the physical capacity to run government,” he added.

“He is a stubborn man, he can hear the voices of the people, but is refusing to listen.”

Impeachment proceedings are now expected to be launched on Tuesday, with votes in both the National Assembly and the Senate.

Both chambers must then appoint a joint committee to investigate removing the president.

If the committee recommends impeachment, the president can then be removed if both houses back it with two-thirds majorities.

“We are expecting the motion to be moved tomorrow . . . and hopefully by Wednesday – because the charges are so clear – we expect that by Wednesday, we should be able to vote in parliament,” Mangwana said.

The opposition MDC-T party has tried unsuccessfully to impeach Mugabe in the past. But with the support of Mugabe’s own Zanu-PF party, which has an overwhelming majority in both houses, the vote is now likely to go against him.

If the impeachment goes ahead, the military can claim that he was removed legally, and not by armed force. If that happens, current vice-president Phelekezela Mphoko should assume the role.

But Mphoko is a known supporter of Grace Mugabe, and the generals would prefer to install Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice-president who was named the new Zanu-PF party chief on Sunday.

The crisis began two weeks ago when the 93-year-old leader sacked Mnangagwa, angering army commanders who saw it as an attempt to position his wife as the next president.

With Zimbabwe embroiled in a deep economic crisis, the president had already seen some of his support wane.

Last week, soldiers seized control of the state broadcaster and placed the president under house arrest – but denied their actions amounted to a military coup.

Since then, he has been held at his “blue roof” mansion near the capital.

On Sunday, Mugabe gave a televised address which surprised many Zimbabweans because it made no mention of the pressure from his party and the public to quit.

Surrounded by generals, he declared that the military had done nothing wrong by seizing power and placing him under house arrest.

He then vowed to preside over the Zanu-PF party congress, due in a few weeks.

Source: (BBC)

5 Responses to ZIMBABWE – Mugabe faces impeachment . . . President could be removed by Wednesday.

  1. Peter Foster
    Peter Foster November 21, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Time for him to spend time in jail

    Reply
    • Leroy November 21, 2017 at 8:31 am

      Why?

      Mugabe is a great leader, people went into Africa under false pretense and stole land and have setup a sytem to keep the indigenous in poverty while raping the land, he was right to run out the Europeans plain and simple.

      The backlash from running out Europeans is what is killing Zimbabwe, sanctions on Zimbabwe which are even worse than North Korea,,go figure Peter Foster.

      Reply
      • Jennifer November 21, 2017 at 9:37 am

        Well stated Leroy – withhold not thy tongue. We got a lot of ingrunt people talking, and only seeing the front but not the back of this situation. Not to mention them whites rape, pillage and killed many nations and then implement laws to prevent themselves from ever going to jail or being held responsible. And still doing it. Gadaffi, Hussein, aboriginals, native American Indians, Africans, Mongols, and the list goes on and on. Then hold themselves NOT GUILTY. Let a puppet get in now in Zimbabwe and see how the white man flourish. Sickening lot. I feel someone needs to implant a conscience in these people. Just stay out of Africa business.

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      • harry turnover November 21, 2017 at 12:18 pm

        Well said Leroy….he doesn’t even know the HISTORY.

        Reply
  2. Alex Alleyne November 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Just check out the name “PETER FOSTER”.
    Then what do you expect.

    Reply

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