Anger as Mugabe fails to step down
Written by Keshia Jansen on November 20, 2017
Many were under the impression that President Robert Mugabe would resign during his address to the nation on Sunday evening, but the Zimbabwean president angered many by defying all expectations.
According to News24, Mugabe made it clear that he is still in power and made no reference to his anticipated resignation during the televised statement.
“The (ruling ZANU-PF) party congress is due in a few weeks and I will preside over its processes,” he said.
His statement was expected to clarify the uncertain situation in Zimbabwe, but has instead evoked more confusion.
ZANU-PF has decided to take matters into their own hands.
Mail and Guardian reports that Mugabe was dismissed from his leadership position of the ZANU-PF and urged to step down as president or face impeachment.
ZANU-PF member, Lovemore Matuke, has said: “the speech was just surprising. It is not in line with what we expected. We had understood that his resignation was coming to avoid the embarrassment of impeachment.
“The army is taking its own route, and as politicians we are taking our own route, but the ultimate goal is to make sure he goes, which he should have done tonight.”