Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe resigns

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Postby Wayne » Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:10 pm

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe 'under house arrest' after army takeover

Zimbabwe's military has placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest in the capital Harare, South African President Jacob Zuma says.

Mr Mugabe told Mr Zuma in a phone call that he was fine, the South African leader's office said.

Troops are patrolling the capital, Harare, after they seized state TV and said they were targeting "criminals".

The move may be a bid to replace Mr Mugabe with his sacked deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, BBC correspondents say.

Mr Mnangagwa's dismissal last week left Mr Mugabe's wife Grace as the president's likely successor.

Mr Mugabe, 93, has dominated the country's political scene since it gained independence from the UK in 1980.

How the drama unfolded

After days of tension and rumour, soldiers seized the state broadcaster ZBC late on Tuesday.

A Zimbabwean army officer, Major General Sibusiso Moyo, went on air and denied there was a coup, but said the military was targeting "criminals" around President Mugabe.

Maj Gen Moyo also said Mr Mugabe and his family were "safe and sound and their security is guaranteed". It is not clear who is leading the military action.

Since then military vehicles have been out on the streets of Harare, while gunfire has been heard from northern suburbs where Mr Mugabe and a number of government officials live.

In a statement, Mr Zuma's office said: "President Zuma spoke to President Robert Mugabe earlier today who indicated that he was confined to his home but said that he was fine."

How we got here

At heart is a power struggle over who succeeds Mr Mugabe. The rivalry between his wife Grace and Mr Mnangagwa has split the governing Zanu-PF.

Following a call from Mrs Mugabe, Mr Mnangagwa was removed from the vice-presidency earlier this month.

But on Monday, army chief Gen Constantino Chiwenga said the army was prepared to act to end purges within Zanu-PF.

Gen Chiwenga is a close ally of Mr Mnangagwa and both are veterans of the 1970s war which ended white minority rule.

One of the leading members of the Zanu-PF faction led by Grace Mugabe, Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo, is being detained, a government source told Reuters.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-41997982
It's FASCINATING to follow - I hope that the people of Zimbabwe are okay.
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Postby DOSSOME » Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:18 pm

This guy has singlehandedly ruined Zimbabwe... Hope this is the end of his reign
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Postby Guru » Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:16 am

DOSSOME wrote:This guy has singlehandedly ruined Zimbabwe... Hope this is the end of his reign
And the fools still vote for him to live his lavish life. His sons are no longer allowed back in the states they caused trouble there. They buy expensive cars, pour expensive Champaign, Mugabe gets medical treatment in Singapore, his daughter studies there as well I think.

All while his voters live in shambles, young girls below 10 have recently turned to prostitution, and so the list can go on.
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Postby spiritboy » Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:18 am

Good riddance.
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Postby Wayne » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:29 pm

South African government ministers are in Harare for crisis talks with ousted President Robert Mugabe and military leaders who have seized control.

They are trying to reach a deal on the future of the man who led the country for 37 years before being put under house arrest on Wednesday.

The Southern African Development Community (Sadc) regional bloc is to hold emergency talks shortly.

But sources suggest Mr Mugabe may be resisting pressure to resign.

They say Mr Mugabe is insisting he remains the legitimate president. Regional bodies such as Sadc and African Union (AU) will be keen to reach a constitutionally sound resolution to the crisis rather than to endorse a military takeover, say correspondents.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-42006777
The man is honestly clueless.
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Postby Wayne » Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:16 pm

Mugabe has been ousted as the leader of his party and the process has begun to remove him as President. :o

Historic times for Zimbabwe.
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Postby heppolo » Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:18 pm

Wayne wrote:Mugabe has been ousted. :o

Historic times for Zimbabwe.
That's like once in our lifetime experience
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Postby Wayne » Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:23 pm

The BBC have clarified that he IS still President but that the removal process has begun...

Zimbabwe's ruling party has sacked President Robert Mugabe as its leader, officials say.

Zanu-PF has appointed ex-vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had been fired by Mr Mugabe two weeks ago.

The sacking of Mr Mnangagwa had prompted an extraordinary chain of events as the military intervened to block Mr Mugabe, 93, from installing his wife, Grace, in his place.

The first lady has been expelled from the party altogether.

Mr Mugabe is set to meet military leaders on Sunday and a motorcade has been seen leaving his private residence.

Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans had attended street protests on Saturday, demonstrating against the Mugabes.

Mr Mugabe is still the president of Zimbabwe, although the Zanu PF move increases the pressure on him that has been building for days.

The head of the influential War Veterans Association, Chris Mutsvangwa, told Reuters news agency that the party was also starting the process of removing Mr Mugabe as president.

BBC correspondent Andrew Harding, at the meeting, tweeted a video of people dancing after the decision to remove Mr Mugabe was taken.
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Postby Wayne » Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:11 pm

BBC BREAKING NEWS Mugabe to address the nation

Zimbabwe's state broadcaster says President Robert Mugabe will address the nation shortly. He has been meeting the country's military chiefs, who have called on him to step down.

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Postby heppolo » Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:46 pm

^Went off script and skipped the resignation part
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Postby Wayne » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:14 pm

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Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe vows to stay on despite army pressure

Zimbabwe's embattled leader Robert Mugabe has vowed to stay in power for several weeks, despite intensifying pressure on him to stand down.

In a live TV address, Mr Mugabe said he would preside over the ruling party's congress in December.

The Zanu-PF earlier sacked him as party leader, and gave him less than 24 hours to resign as president or be impeached.

His grip on power has weakened since the military intervened last week in a row over who should succeed him.

A crisis was triggered after Mr Mugabe sacked his deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, two weeks ago, angering the army who saw it as an attempt to move his wife, Grace, into the position of his successor.

Earlier on Sunday, Mr Mnangagwa was named as Zanu-PF's new leader and candidate for the 2018 general elections.

At the same party meeting, Mr Mugabe's 52-year-old wife, Grace, was expelled from the party, alongside a number of other senior officials.

"The (ruling Zanu-PF) party congress is due in a few weeks and I will preside over its processes," President Mugabe told the nation on Sunday.

He also acknowledged criticism against him from the Zanu-Pf, the military and public, but did not mention the possibility of resigning.

It is not entirely clear how Robert Mugabe can preside over Zanu-PF's congress next month, following his dismissal as party leader.

Party positions are officially decided at the congress and Emmerson Mnangagwa may officially take over leading the country then.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-42046911
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Postby heppolo » Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:50 pm

Finally all the parties agreed on the terms of Mugabe's stepping down
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Postby Guru » Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:22 am

Impeachment proceedings start today
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Postby spiritboy » Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:37 pm

He finally resigned.
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Postby Wayne » Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:51 pm

Outstanding news!
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Postby heppolo » Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:54 pm

spiritboy wrote:He finally resigned.
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Postby MusicRecords » Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:27 am

Good :P
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Postby DOSSOME » Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:38 am

Good.... Wish something like this happened in Kenya too :cry:
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Postby MusicRecords » Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:39 am

DOSSOME wrote:Good.... Wish something like this happened in Kenya too :cry:
And the US :lol:
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Postby spiritboy » Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:44 am

MusicRecords wrote:
DOSSOME wrote:Good.... Wish something like this happened in Kenya too :cry:
And the US :lol:
Turkey as well :lol:
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Postby MusicRecords » Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:27 am

^we have so many terrible leaders lol
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Postby jpguy » Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:19 am

I don't know why these presidents cling onto their power. Ugh. So good he resigned though
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Postby heppolo » Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:20 pm

^His successor is his deputy and granted immunity to Mugabe and his family as well.
Nothing is going to change there
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Postby SeeForever » Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:38 am

heppolo wrote:^His successor is his deputy and granted immunity to Mugabe and his family as well.
Nothing is going to change there
Oh what a surprise, he should have been jailed long ago for his actions now he gets way scott free :roll: I really hope Zimbabwe improves now, but I don't things will change either
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