Mugabe urged to step down
Written by Keshia Jansen on November 16, 2017
President Robert Mugabe has been urged to step down from his presidency by several parties as the country remains under the control of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF).
CNN reports that opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has insisted that Mugabe resign for the sake of the Zimbabwean citizens.
However, after the press conference in which he called for Mugabe’s resignation, Tsvangirai admitted to CNN that such a transition cannot be forced.
“You can’t force the change (of) government by any means other than by the ballot box,” he said.
Similarly, eNCA reports that Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has called for Mugabe to step down.
“We … call for fresh elections to be held in Zimbabwe as soon as practically possible, and for Robert Mugabe to immediately resign as President of Zimbabwe. This will allow the people of Zimbabwe to choose a new direction for their country, and to free themselves from the tyrannical reign of Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF. True democracy is adhering to the will of the people, not the internal politics and arrangements of liberation movements,” he said.
According to eNCA, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are in agreement with this.
A statement issued by the party has said: “President Mugabe cannot insist on remaining in power even when he is physically incapable of doing so. Opportunists around him, particularly his close relatives and wife have taken advantage of president Mugabe and used his power and struggle credentials to purge political opponents.”
The future of Zimbabwe remains uncertain after the ZDF took control of the country on Wednesday, reportedly placing the President under house arrest.
In a statement aired by the ZDF on Wednesday morning, Major General SB Moyo told the nation that Mugabe is ‘safe and sound’ and insisted that this was not a military takeover.
Amid the political chaos, News24 reports that many Zimbabwean citizens support the action taken by the ZDF and are anticipating a positive change in the country.
It is understood that the citizens went about their normal routines on Thursday, despite the military vehicles and soldiers stationed at various points in Harare.