Mugabe to continue as President

In an address on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) President Robert Mugabe said that he will continue as president of Zimbabwe despite speculation that he was going to resign.

Mugabe said that the military intervention was justified and that the reasons why it took place would be rectified. He dispelled rumours of a coup and said that the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) had remained respectful to him as the commander in chief. He acknowledged his recalling by the Zanu-PF Central Committee as the party’s President and first secretary.  Mugabe said that people should not be guided by vengefulness.

However, Mugabe may still resign in terms of Section 96. and can only do so by written notice to the speaker who makes it public. in other words, he cannot announce his own resignation. That is the prerogative of the speaker. Section 96 of the Constitution on the Resignation of President or Vice-President reads:

The President may resign his or her office by written notice to the Speaker, who must give public notice of the resignation as soon as it is possible to do so and in any event within twenty-four hours.

It remains to be seen if Zanu-PF will continue with its threat to impeach President Mugabe after Zanu-PF Central Committee gave him a deadline of 12 Noon on Monday to step down or face impeachment on Tuesday. 

At the Central Committee meeting, Zanu PF chief whip Lovemore Matuke was ordered to “institute proceedings for the removal of Mugabe in terms of Section 97 of the constitution of Zimbabwe” if he continues clinging on to power. As Zanu-PF on its own, already has more than two-thirds of the legislators in parliament, the threat is very potent and can be acted on. There are also reports that that MDC-T Mabvuku-Tafara MP James Maridadi had notified the Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda of his intention to move a motion to impeach Mugabe. The sources said that Mudenda was given the notice of the motion on Wednesday last week.

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