Joy! Jubilation! And Yes... Hope. Zimbabweans Celebrate The End Of Mugabe

Joy! Jubilation! And Yes... Hope. Zimbabweans Celebrate The End Of Mugabe

It angered the military leadership who stepped in and put Mr Mugabe under house arrest.

- November 15: By the early hours, military vehicles are on the capital's streets, but the army denies staging a coup, giving a televised address saying Mugabe is safe and that they are "only targeting criminals around him".

Impeachment allegations against Mugabe included that he "allowed his wife to usurp constitutional power" and that he is "of advanced age" and too incapacitated to rule.

- November 18: Tens of thousands of people flood Zimbabwe's streets demanding Mugabe's resignation in a joyful celebration of his apparently imminent demise.

ZBC has confirmed that Mugabe will be addressing the nation today in which he is expected to resign.Information available to NewsDay says the president's address which is expected to beam live on TV before 9pm tonight. "Thank you!", impossible a few days back.

Mugabe's 52-year-old wife Grace, who had harbored ambitions of succeeding her husband, was also expelled from ZANU-PF, along with at least three cabinet ministers who had formed the backbone of her "G40" political faction. It is expected that Mutsvangwa will head the interim government until the next elections in 2018.

ZANU-PF called on Friday for Mugabe to resign, the main state newspaper The Herald reported, a clear sign that the aging leader's authority has collapsed after the army takeover.

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The pariah president ignored an imposed deadline yesterday to quit, after being axed by his own ruling following last week's military coup.

"Mugabe is hereby recalled from the position of president and first secretary of Zanu-PF".

Mr. Mugabe's downfall will probably send out shock-waves throughout the African continent, in which a variety of established strongman, coming from Uganda's Yoweri Museveni, towards Democratic Republic of Congo's Joseph Kabila, will be experiencing increasing demands to move aside.

Mugabe shocked many on Sunday when he was expected to resign, but instead gave what many considered a weird speech that focused on the country's unity while ignoring protests that had taken place the previous day. However, Mugabe's son Chatunga railed against those who had pushed out his father.

"ZANU-PF is nothing without President Mugabe".

Feelings and emotions are running over in the Harare's roadways as Zimbabweans talk of the 2nd liberation and hopes for economic and political change following 2 decades of deepening repression & adversity.

The speaker added that he was working on legal issues to make sure a new leader was in place by the end of Wednesday.

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