Zimbabwe celebrates Mugabe’s resignation
Written by Shana Fife on November 22, 2017
Zimbabweans are embroiled in Freedom Day celebrations, as the resignation of President Robert Mugabe marks the end of an era.
Mugabe has been in power for the last 37 years.
Zimbabweans took to the streets, from all over the world, to dance and rejoice at the news of the dictator’s decision to step down.
The resignation came in the form of a letter read out by the speaker of parliament, BBC reports, abruptly halting an impeachment hearing that had begun against him on Tuesday.
“I’m so happy, wonderful, feeling so much excited, this is the greatest moment for our country,” Julian Mtukudzi told the AFP news agency.
“We have been having sleepless nights hoping and waiting and we are so happy. It’s over and it’s done.”
Lawmakers gathered at a conference centre in Harare to discuss an impeachment motion on Tuesday.
The letter is as follows:
21 November 2017
The Honourable Jacob Mudenda
Notice of resignation as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe
In terms of the provisions of section 96 (1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe, amendment number 20, 2013. Following my verbal communication with the Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda at 13:53 hours, 21st November, 2017 intimating my intention to resign as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 (1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe with immediate effect.
My decision to resign is voluntary on my part and arises from my concern for the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire to ensure a smooth, peaceful and non-violent transfer of power that underpins national security, peace and stability.
Kindly give public notice of my resignation as soon as possible as required by section 96 (1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe.
Robert Gabriel Mugabe President of the Republic of Zimbabwe.