“We thought this was going to be a historic evening, but it turned out to be something else.” Pastor Evan Mawarire, a prominent political activist in Zimbabwe said last night to his followers after President Mugabe failed to resign.
“I don’t know what just happened. He didn’t say anything. He literaly didn’t say anything. Oh Gosh. I can’t lie to you that I’m ok with that. I’m not feeling good about it at all!”
Zimbabweans were glued to their TVs and social media, expecting that as reported across media, Mugabe was finally yielding to the pressure and would announce his resignation.
Mugabe didn’t resign. Instead, he spoke about the good rains, the agriculture season and that though mistakes had been made by the command, they were fixable and he would continue leading his party, and by extension, government.
“I cannot explain to you what an anti-climax that was,” Pastor Evan said in a video reaction video to the speech.
The pastor asked for time alone to process everything.
“Before I say goodnight after that absolutely shocking speech that didn’t say much to us. A speech that sounded like an apology but wasn’t an apology. A speech that sounded like someone who wanted fix things even though he doesn’t have the right to fix things anymore…. Let me say this to put our minds at ease. He was fired today. There are no two ways about it. The only remaining possibility at this point is that parliament is going to go ahead and impeach him. That should begin this coming week. I don’t see any other meaningful way in which this could end. Coz he can’t preside over his party’s congress”
In his speech, Mugabe said he would preside over his party’s congress in the coming weeks normally.
Pastor Evan found this unbelievable:
“He’s no longer president of his party. He’s possibly refused to resign, which means parliament will have to go on with an impeachment. If he’s talking about presiding at congress, maybe he’s not aware that he’s been fired by his party, which is highly unlikely. I think he would know he’s been fired by the party.”