Zimbabwe Military Says Mugabe Impeachment Process Has Begun

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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe baffled his country and the world last night when, instead of publicly announcing his resignation, he reaffirmed his intention to stay on as the head of state in Zimbabwe, and admonished members of his ruling ZANU PF party for their “arbitrary decision making” and “victimization.”

Mugabe’s defiance immediately spurred conspiracy theories, including one where military commanders who flanked Mugabe during his speech smuggled him an alternate version following the review of his initial draft.



Rumors circulated that some ZANU PF lawmakers had fled the country to avoid participating in an impeachment vote, though they were later debunked, according to local media reports. Still, the military’s deadline for Mugabe’s resignation – initially set at noon local time on Monday – has come and gone, and Mugabe remains the nominal leader of Zimbabwe, even if he’s still under house arrest, according to BBC.

However, ZANU PF appears to be reaching the end of its patience with its long-time leader. In a media briefing, party member Paul Mangawana said Zimbabwe’s lawmakers will move to formally impeach Mugabe tomorrow, and that he could be formally removed from office as soon as Wednesday.

Discussions about the impeachment proceedings began Monday, Reuters added.

Reuters added that impeachment would represent an ignominious end to the career of the “Grand Old Man” of African politics, who was once lauded across the continent as an anti-colonial hero. Chief whip Lovemore Matuke told Reuters ZANU-PF members of parliament would meet at 1230 GMT to start mapping out Mugabe’s impeachment.

In the draft motion, the party accused Mugabe of being a “source of instability”, flouting the rule of law and presiding over an “unprecedented economic tailspin” in the last 15 years.

It also said he had abrogated his constitutional mandate by trying to position his unpopular wife, Grace, as his successor.

While the process of impeaching Mugabe looks complex on paper and involves a joint sitting of the Senate and National Assembly, then a nine-member committee of senators, then another joint sitting to confirm his dismissal with a two-thirds majority. However, constitutional experts said ZANU-PF had the numbers and could push it through in as little as 24 hours.

“They can fast-track it. It can be done in a matter of a day,” said John Makamure, executive director of the Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust, an NGO that works with the parliament in Harare.

A statement released Monday evening (local time) by Gen Chiwanga reaffirmed the military’s commitment to ensuring a peaceful transition of power.



One Zimbabwe lawmaker said there will be another caucus meeting for ZANU PF members beginning at 10 am local time Tuesday. It also noted that the President has called for a cabinet meeting. The MDCT, another party, will also be in caucus, while the president meets with his cabinet.



However, ZANU PF's chief whip said that if Mugabe calls a cabinet meeting, no ministers will attend.



Despite the political upheaval – and the marches that occurred over the weekend – local media reported that people were going on with their lives, on their way to work, children were in class, vendors were on the streets and taxis were meandering through the streets of Harare.

However, while the demonstrations were peaceful, tanks were strategically positioned at Mugabe's office and other key government institutions, a clear indication that the standoff is far from over.

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Yen Cross's picture

 Puerto Stinko, Venezuela, Illinois, ---and that's just the macro<

phatfawzi's picture

Why the Fuck is ZH so caught up with this shit. Who gives a fuck what happens in that shit hole. 

Twee Surgeon's picture

White farmers that lived through the slaughters and the once prosperous farm employees probably give a fuck along with the Miners and many other professions in once Rich Rhodesia. perhaps the people there still remember the good old days when the standard of living was among the highest in Africa? They probably give a fuck and why this Mugabe guy is not six feet under, long ago, probably boggles their minds as much as it does mine and many others.

 Being Africa though, they will probably go full on Chairman Mao. Little red book, Pol Pot, kill everyone with eyeglasses or contact lenses to get the country back in order again. Mugabi is clearly Senile and has been kept in place until now by Someone. The timing says Now he must go. Whats really going on ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFSAWiTJsjc

StychoKiller's picture

Pretty sure there's a passel of Saudi Princes that wanna know what's going on as well!

downwiththebanks's picture

White farmers in the heart of Africa?  How in the world did they get there?

Oh, wait...  that reminds me of the ZeroHedge fascitarian motto:

"FUCK HISTORY!  I love my ignorance!"

GunnyG's picture

Most of them were there for over 100 years. How about the US takes in the white farmers left in Africa and you take back all of the niggers here? Sounds fair to me.

Crazy Or Not's picture

Call me when they get to:
"Present Arms!"

Cynicles II's picture

Nice, ZH finished it 73 refresh sequences (for ads no doubt) so I can comment...
He already resigned, no he retired, no the Russians did it, no, wait, what is the latest narrative???

Cynicles II's picture

hmm, could it be "Copyright ©2009-2017 ZeroHedge.com/ABC Media, LTD" on the bottom of the page?

RussianSniper's picture

The law of the jungle dictates Mugabe be demoted from psychopathic dictator to assistant branch manager, department of tree swinging.

Dead Canary's picture

Yea. The sooner we get a new asshole president, the.....

Never mind.

European American's picture

Zimbabwe needs to abandon their government and revert back to their natural governing methods...the tribal system...it's in their genes. If they want to venture out of third world status, then allow the whites to run the show, rename the country Rhodesia, and learn to follow "intelligent" directions.

downwiththebanks's picture

Leave it to the fascitarian suckpumps at ZeroHedge to lionize Cecil Rhodes!

Yeah, the originators of human civilization need to be raped, enslaved, and slaughtered by greedheaded honkeys.

Because that's done them so well for the last couple centuries.

GunnyG's picture

Sorry but the African origination has been debunked. Please name one place where niggers run the show and it works. Liberia? Nope. Zimbabwe? Nope. Detoilet? Nope. Camden? Nope. If it wasn't for white people, niggers in Africa would still be running around throwing spears and chopping up the other tribe, oh wait.

peippe's picture

Manson > check

Mugabe > check

HClinton> ????

^ Devil's Dreamlist For 'Thanksgiving Feast'

downwiththebanks's picture

Is it really a successful coup if a 95 year old senile old man remains in power through the election?

BritBob's picture

Sometimes you look back at girls you spent money on rather than send it to your mum & you realise witchcraft is real (Mugabe quote)


Our economy is a hundred times better, than the average African economy. Outside South Africa, what country is Zimbabwe? … What is lacking now are goods on the shelves—that is all. (Mugabe quote)

BritBob's picture

Sometimes you look back at girls you spent money on rather than send it to your mum & you realise witchcraft is real (Mugabe quote)


Our economy is a hundred times better, than the average African economy. Outside South Africa, what country is Zimbabwe? … What is lacking now are goods on the shelves—that is all. (Mugabe quote)

Last of the Middle Class's picture

"impeachment process" LMAO!  His impeachment process should involve a 1911 and a .45 hollowpoint. 

Cloud9.5's picture

Mugabe set up a thugocracy.  He destroyed the rule of law and he destroyed property rights.  In the process he killed the incentive to own and produce.  If you produced something nice in a thugocracy a higher ranking thug will come and take it away from you.  The lesson is soon learned don’t attract attention.  Get rid of the bling and stay below the radar.  The same process is in play in socialism.  It just takes a little longer to play out.  The end result in both instances is bare shelves and hungry people.

dogismycopilot's picture

I hope he dies soon.

koan's picture

Bitcoin spike coming.