Mugabe Admits 'Mistakes', But Refuses To Resign In Defiant Speech

Tyler Durden's picture

Update 8:  Bloomberg is reporting that Zimbabwe’s ruling party will proceed Monday with its plans to impeach President Robert Mugabe after the long-term leader refused to resign Sunday evening, as was expected. Bloomberg's sources said Mugabe’s speech, including a vow to preside over the party conference in December, deviated from an earlier agreement with military authorities to read a prepared statement of resignation.

Unsurprisingly given his past remarks, it seems Mugabe is comfortable risking a civil war if it means retaining his tenuous grip on power. So with the path forward for Zimbabwe looking dangerously uncertain, the AP has published a timeline reminding readers exactly how we got to this point...

  • Nov. 6: After a campaign of public insults against Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe fires his longtime deputy, later accusing him of plotting to take power via witchcraft. Mnangagwa flees the country.
  • Nov 13: Army commander Constantino Chiwenga issues a rare public rebuke, saying the military won't hesitate to "step in" to calm political tensions and criticizing the handling of the once-prosperous southern African nation's crumbling economy.
  • Nov. 14: Armored personnel carriers are seen on the outskirts of the capital, Harare. The military moves in overnight, taking control of the state-run broadcaster.
  • Nov. 15: The military announces that Mugabe is under house arrest and an operation has begun to arrest "criminals" around him who harmed the economy. Unpopular first lady Grace Mugabe, who many feared would replace Mnangagwa and even succeed her husband, disappears from view.
  • Nov. 16: State-run media publish extraordinary photos of a smiling Mugabe shaking hands with the army commander at the State House amid negotiations on the president's exit as the military tries to avoid accusations of a coup.
  • Nov. 17: The army, which continues to refer to Mugabe as president, allows him to make his first public appearance since house arrest. He appears at a graduation ceremony to polite applause.
  • Nov. 18: The bulk of the capital's roughly 1.6 million people pour into the streets in an anti-Mugabe demonstration that even days ago would have brought a police crackdown.
  • Nov. 19: The ruling party Central Committee expels Mugabe as party leader and tells him to step aside as president by noon Monday or face impeachment. In a speech on national television, he does not announce his resignation as expected.

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Update 7: The path forward for the Zimbabwe military, PANU ZF and Mugabe is still uncertain, but the president has made one thing strikingly clear: He appears he intends to cling to power until he is forcibly removed...

 

Furthermore, Bloomberg is reporting that Mugabe's speech deviated from his prepared comments, suggesting that he deliberately misled his military handlers.

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Update 6: At the close of a long-winded address, Mugabe admitted that "mistakes have been made" during his tenure as president, but insisted that the people of Zimbabwe learn to put these mistakes behind them, and move forward, adding that he would preside over the upcoming Congress.

In short, he is not resigning...

 

Many noted that the speech didn't sound like a resignation speech. It was also much shorter than the hours-long addresses Mugabe is known for. Mugabe's own political party, ZANU PF, promised earlier that Mugabe would resign by noon Monday. During the speech, he noted that Zimbabwe's economy had hit a "rough patch" (something of an understatement) and added that the ruling party needed to put an end to victimization and arbitrary decision-making.

He also noted in his speech that “intergenerational conflict must be resolved,” apparently a reference to the exile of his 52-year-old wife, Grace, whom he had been grooming to succeed him. Mugabe is 93 and had been backed by fellow veterans of the country’s liberation war, until they recently turned against him.

Of course, Mugabe isn't the first African leader in recent memory to pull a stunt like this...

 

The Associated Press reported that Mugabe has "baffled the country" by refusing to resign:

The ruling party’s Central Committee just hours earlier told him to resign as president by noon Monday or face impeachment proceedings the following day.

 

Zimbabweans gathered in expectation of a celebration. Instead, Mugabe appeared to hint at challenging the ruling party, which has expelled him as its leader, by trying to stay on.

 

Mugabe made a reference to presiding over a party congress next month. “The congress is due in a few weeks from now. I will preside over its processes, which must not be possessed by any acts calculated to undermine it or compromise the outcomes in the eyes of the public."

 

Officials close to the talks between Mugabe and the military had said Mugabe was resigning.

Just a few minutes after going live today, the state broadcaster, ZBC, had more than 12,000 live viewers on Facebook, which likely qualifies it as the largest Facebook Livestream audience of anyone in Zimbabwe. The number jumped to more than 20,000 soon after the announcement began and about 33,000 several minutes later. The final count we got was 36,500. At the end of the broadcast, the video had received more than a quarter of a million views, according to TechZim.

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Update 5: Here's the live feed for Mugabe's speech, which is being broadcast on the state TV channel:

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Update 4: Reuters is reporting that Robert Mugabe has reluctantly agreed to resign the presidency of Zimbabwe after 37 years in power. His decision comes after members of his own party voted to oust him during an emergency vote held Sunday.

ZANU-PF had given the 93-year-old less than 24 hours to quit as head of state or face impeachment, an attempt to secure a peaceful end to his tenure after a de facto coup.

Zimbabwe’s state broadcaster ZBC said Mugabe, who was once lauded as an anti-colonialist hero for driving the British out of what was then called Rhodesia, would address the nation shortly. Earlier on Sunday, the official Herald newspaper showed pictures of him meeting top generals at his State House offices, and a ZBC source said an outside-broadcast truck was being sent in preparation for an announcement.

 

...Mugabe's speech is now expected to begin 'shortly':

 

 

 

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Update 3: After a meeting with military officials, Mugabe's resignation appears imminent...

 

 

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Update 2: Mugabe, who remains under house arrest, is meeting with the commanders of the country's military shortly after lawmakers approved an ultimatum for the long-time strongman to either resign, or be forced...

 

 

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Update: Initial media reports about Mugabe's ouster were confusing: While the country's ruling party had voted to expel him, several sources quoted by western media outlets said the vote was only the trigger to start the process of removing Mugabe, and that he is still technically president of Zimbabwe. 

Fortunately, the ruling Zanu-PF party has issued a quick clarification: Mugabe - who has obstinantly refused to officially abdicate in accordance with the military's demands - has until noon tomorrow to resign. If he doesn't, he will be impeached.

 

Zimbabwe's ruling party confirmed the news in a tweet...

 

 

 

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A day after thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Harare to celebrate the imminent removal of Robert Mugabe, the country’s 93-year-old dictator who’d been effectively deposed during a surprise coup earlier this week, the country’s ruling party has officially voted to remove him from office and install his former deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, as interim leader.

As we’ve pointed out, Mugabe triggered his own downfall when he fired Mnangagwa last week to try and clear a path for his much-younger wife, Grace, to succeed him as leader of Zimbabwe. Mugabe tried to appoint his 52-year-old wife to Mnangagwa's former position, which would've positioned her to be his successor. However, Mnangagwa’s sudden ouster outraged the leaders of Zimbabwe’s military, who decided to intervene and place Mugabe under house arrest.

Mugabe had resisted the military’s request to step down, so on Friday, the country’s 10 provincial committees resolved to oust Mugabe. That decision was ratified Sunday at a meeting of Zimbabwe’s central executives, according to the head of the country's influential liberation war veterans.

Meanwhile, ABC reported that Mugabe's wife Grace - who reportedly fled the country after the coup - has been officially expelled by ZANU-PF, the ruling party. Veterans leader Chris Mutsvangwa said now that Mugabe’s ouster is official, processes to remove the 93-year-old as President could now begin.

Attendants at the meeting sang and danced in celebration after unanimously voting to remove Mugabe.

 

 

After the vote, members of the central committee started singing “Chengetedza” by Jah Prayzah, a popular Zimbabwean musician. According to local media, the song has become an anthem for the de facto anthem of the movement to oust Mugabe.

 

 

Before voting, members of Zimbabwe’s central committee sung the national anthem.

 

 

According to one BBC reporter, journalists were asked to leave the room after the vote as the party set about formalizing the decision.

 

In his opening remarks at a meeting of ZANU-PF's Central Committee, Obert Mpofu, the official chairing the gathering, said the party had come together with "a heavy heart,” adding that Mugabe’s wife, Grace, and others in his orbit had taken advantage of his age and feebleness to loot the country’s national resources. Mpofu then hailed the beginning of "a new era, not only for our party but for our nation Zimbabwe,” according to ABC.

Mpofu said Mugabe was responsible for "many memorable achievements.”

Mugabe, who remains under house arrest, was reportedly supposed to meet Sunday with the military for a second round of talks to negotiate his departure. It’s unclear if this meeting has taken place.

While Zimbabwe lawmakers have voted to begin the process of Mugabe’s ouster, he technically remains the president of Zimbabwe. However, the vote greatly increases the pressure on him to abdicate, the BBC reported.

Veterans leader Mutsvangwa expressed his excitement over Mugabe’s ouster in an interview with local media.

“The president is gone! Long live the new president!”

 

 

Shortly before the vote, local media captured this iconic video of demonstrators tearing down a billboard advertising the Zimbabwe Youth League, a pro-Mugabe group.

 

 

Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since the country won its independence from the UK in 1980. Under his watch, the economy has imploded, leaving 95 percent of the workforce unemployed, according to Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions estimates, and forcing as many as 3 million people into exile.

While Zimbabwe's ruling party led the effort to oust Mugabe, opposition lawmakers had threatened to begin impeachment proceedings if he was not swiftly removed, according to Fox News.

"If Mugabe is not gone by Tuesday, then as sure as the sun rises from the east, impeachment process will kick in," said Innocent Gonese, a member of the opposition MDC-T party.

Hope for a better future crested on Sunday. But whether life will measurably improve for the people of Zimbabwe remains to be seen…

 

 

 

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J S Bach's picture

Chimpabwe is free! Now everything will be hunky-dory.

ChumbaWumba's picture

Quick, let's change the name back to Rhodesia while no-one is looking

Arnold's picture

The head hunters will be out to fill critical government posts.

GatorMcClusky's picture

Posted in early July:
https://injesuschrististand.blogspot.com/2017/07/robert-mugabes-days-are...
ROBERT MUGABE’S DAYS ARE NUMBERED; FOR HE WILL BE TAKEN AWAY VERY SOON:
This morning of 2nd July 2017, in a Prophetic Supernatural Dream (Vision) of The LORD God Almighty, The LORD Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit, The LORD showed me Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

So I saw Robert Mugabe showing All and Sundry, how strong he still is, I saw him jumping a bit and trying to show all that he is very strong. The LORD then made me know, in the vision of The LORD, that Robert Mugabe is now physically very weak, and that his days are now Numbered, and that he will be taken away very soon.

The LORD then showed me how investors have avoided Zimbabwe due to economic uncertainties, brought about by an unpredictable Currency.

The Vision of The LORD then ended.

SHALOM!!!

NOTE: My Prayer is that by the time he is taken away, he shall have made Peace with The Messiah Jesus Christ. For The LORD desires that None to perish, but that all to come to him in Repentance; for their Redemption.

SHALOM!!!

2nd Kings 20:1 ‘“In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith The LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.”’

2nd Peter 3:9 ‘“The LORD is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to Repentance.”’

a false profit's picture

He was 93 years old!  Hardly prophetic to state that he was going to die soon.

 

You also predicting the sun will rise tomorrow?   You must have a direct link to the Almightly...

BaBaBouy's picture

Mugabe Departure Terms: If You Like Your MONEY, You Can Keep Your MONEY ~

MillionDollarButter's picture

Ok, we are making biblical Zimbabwe predictions?  I predict Black Jesus will take over the country.

Mango327's picture

I think Kanye did that tour a few years ago...

El Oregonian's picture

There comes a time in every man's life when he must surely give up the ghost.

POOF*

johngaltfla's picture

Meet the new commie thug,

Same as the old commie thug.

Normalcy Bias's picture

The Democratic Party has to be considering Mugabe as a 2020 Presidential Candidate.

max2205's picture

Update 7....he's left in body bag 

Ahmeexnal's picture

Syria proved to be a tough cookie for the Soros spring-revolution regime changing snowflakes.  Zimbabwe was a piece of cake.  All of Zimbabwe's recently discovered vast natural resources are now belong to the Vatican.  Next target ---->

Rusty Shorts's picture

I ordered 10 trillion Zimbabwe dollars from ebay last week, they arrived yesterday...winning!!

A. Boaty's picture

While you're at it, bring back Cecil Rhodes, the father of modern globalism.

Lyman54's picture

200 mercs could take the whole country back if the US and Britain kept their nose out of it.  Google operation Dingo where 200 Rhodesian army troops killed 3000 of Mugabe's thugs and wounded 5000.

MozartIII's picture

So will they attempt to recruit the white farmers that are being slautered in the rest of Africa, so that they can rebuild their agricultural independence?

Where is the media on that genocide issue?

shankster's picture

Shhh..White Lives don't matter to the US fake media.

ChumbaWumba's picture

It's NOT genocide when blacks kill whites. It's racial Justice.

Blacks CANNOT be racist.

----CNN Journalist handbook page 62

 

SoDamnMad's picture

They haven't been told they are completely broke and can't feed themselves. I just hope Mugabe hasn't sold the country to the Chinese and stashed the money way out of the country.

Bay of Pigs's picture

No, he bought Bitcoin.

The huge demand came from Zimbabwe. I heard it right here it at ZH. s/

A. Boaty's picture

Maybe they shoulda stayed home.

MozartIII's picture

It was a good gig while they where still under French/British rule. Then the tribalists did what they always do, blame and kill the prosperous.

unsafe-space-time's picture

Any white who farms or even steps foot in Africa is a traitor to his race and mankind. 

adonisdemilo's picture

If the white farmers don't go back to sort out the farmlands decimated by Mugabe's thugs then the indigieous population won't be able to grow enough and farm enough to feed next doors cat.

Putrid_Scum's picture

Here’s the thing about Africa, it’s never mentioned by anyone when planning the Reset. It’s like no one gives a fuck about it.

So here’s my prediction: Big Oil uses its mercenary forces to seize the profitable chunks of Africa ... the rest just goes batshit crazy.

Let’s give it a nice name: corporate restructuring :)

It’s going to be very entertaining. Corporations will have their own assault armies O_O very entertaining

Putrid

www.beforethecollapse.com/2017/05/23/the-reset/

BobEore's picture

It's a startling facet of the western imagination that ...

those areas of the world where it's medias are less adept(or interested in)at covering do not actually play any role in the developing interests of 'world players'

... of whom to name a few examples, might be your China, your Russia, your India, for example.

The first of which has gone far along in a systemic program of establishing direct exploitation of resources on the African continent by it's SOE's - on a scale so massive that it is in reality like a second "opening of the Dark Continent" which the western imperial powers conducted in the C19th.

And the third of which - India - having it's own huge diaspora of ethnic Indians placed all over eastern and Southern Africa, represents a commerical class which has dominated trade in many countries for a century. Both look to Africa as a backbone of their plans to expand their influence globally - obviously China with more hope of success.

But where the western imagination breaks down even more conclusively in understanding current events and the directions they are ACTUALLY taking(as opposed to the innumerable false trails of media psyops)

is in perceiving the DIRECTORS of the procession of 'events.' To point out that our examples - China & India - are state actors used as tool of the 'supra-capitalist Talmudic cartels, is to invoke astonishment, anger or disbelief... usually all three in various degrees.

Yet the flow of influence... and thus, events outside the gaze of a sightless and complicit western media causes the careful observer to recognize the concurrent movement of wealth and power out of the west... and into - NOT the hands of nations in the east, so much as into the very same hands which held it in the west, who are now in the process of transferring shop eastwards.

Thus, Africa, becoming a fiefdom of Chinese state capitalism, under the guidance of its' assigned talmudic directors - such as Rober Kuhn, Hank Paulsen, Richard Sandor ... and so on and on...

is now well on the way to become - similar in political and economic texture to the way that Belgium and it's "Congo" were the epitomy of a pitiless resrouce extraction machines that rode the native populace roughly using chosen local elites as it's 'shop supervisors'...

a brutal and feudal society, the creators and beneficiaries of which will stay completely out of the limelight... ruling from behind scenes in the timeless manner of the $power - their ogre-like henchmen, Mugable, Mao, Modi and more...

the face of an empire of evil which markets itself to the west as the solution to all of humanities woes!

Nothing to see here.... unless you are looking.

thunderchief's picture

Time to go hang....

Mugabe and Co.

UselessEater's picture

It is purely a struggle for who will be in control of the dictatorship. Mugabe's family or the Crocodile's.

Whoever wins this will be bloody brutal to the ordinary Zimbabwean who backed the losing side.

Eventually it can be figured out what faction of the cabal was backing whom and why.

Pool Shark's picture

And this is the brutal history of most of Africa: Each successive regime spends its time taking revenge on the previous regime instead of actually improving things.
Africa has never learned that unless you respect personal property rights, your continent will remain a 3rd world cesspool of corruption and poverty.

Too bad western countries are shifting that direction...

UselessEater's picture

Ethnic Europeans across the world are dancing to the tune of the (((cabal))) factions. Have been for centuries.

Being a white under the rule of BofE or the Fed for example, makes us no wiser and no bloody better. End the Fed and we can see ourselves as something better than Zimbabwe.

Whoa Dammit's picture

But the gold and diamond mines somehow always manage to remain in the same ((hands)),

Justin Case's picture

Nothing surprising. MBS were also sold to investors and pension plans while GS was shorting them.

General Titus's picture

And to remember that the US, UK, UN, Soviet Union, & China all worked together to bring about the end of the prosperous Rhodesia, and install Mugabe or Nokomo, which now after 30 years of liberal racist scorched earth policies, the people celebrate the end of the dictatorship. Thank you USSA!

LewisDodgson's picture

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

General Titus's picture

The traitors in the Judeo-UK government did everything they could short of outright slaughter (which the UK military would NOT have allowed because of the close ties between their militaries) to destroy Rhodesia, but the3y even KNIGHTED the communist racist terrrorist war criminal dictator "LORD" Robert Mugabe.

Justin Case's picture

Chimp? Obama comes to mind.

new game's picture

so can i form a white lives matter charter and set up shop over there and get  multiple forms of assistance from the government for being oppressed? is it okay to shoot at policemen? do the have a whity college? a white tv channel? do whiteys play soccer? just curious as to whether or not i should move there for some of manKINDS diversity benifits.

Stan522's picture

One way street.... You'd be dead within 24 hours.

44magnum's picture

Senile fuck should have been taken out years ago. "Under his watch, the economy has imploded, leaving 95 percent of the workforce unemployed"

Stan522's picture

So, one tin pot banana republic leader being replaced with another...? Nothing changes in Africa. For whatever reason, they can't seem to rule in a democracy....

Arnold's picture

Because for several minutes, it is the happiest place on Earth.

new game's picture

"for whatever reason",

let me take a stab at that one;

power is all corrupting, backed by extreme violence without due proccess.

rule of the jungle.

less civilized.

can't fix _______________.

spanish inquisition's picture

I got a question. Is the Zimbabwe military part its own military industrial complex or all they all inter connected?

nmewn's picture

So glad the Alinsky press was there to document this "historic moment"...that changes absolutely nothing but the names.

(Sigh) ;-)