Zimbabwe: Reports That All Ten Branches Of Mugabe's Zanu PF Party Passed No Confidence Votes

NewsDay, the privately-owned Zimbabwe newspaper, is reporting that all the provincial branches of President Mugabe’s party have passed votes of no confidence in his leadership.

In a dramatic twist of events, all the ten Zanu PF provinces have passed a vote of no confidence on President Robert Mugabe, and declared the 93 year-old leader – who has been in office for 37 years – too old and incapacitated to lead both Zanu PF and government. The move, which comes at the height of a drama-filled week that saw the military taking control of the country, is a huge knock on the veteran’s leader’s prospects of retaining his presidency for much longer.

It’s not clear where NewsDay got this information, although other sources are saying the central committee of Zanu PF could meet as early as Sunday to decide on Mugabe’s fate. In the meantime, Mugabe is reported to have resisted pressure to step down in negotiations with the Zimbabwe military and could face impeachment. The possibility of impeachment is being discussed by Zimbabwe politicians who are loyal to Mugabe’s former deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose dismissal precipitated the crisis.

The grounds for impeachment might include the wealth accumulated by the Mugabe family, corruption amongst his wife’s allies and the collapse of the Zimbabwe economy (now half the size it was in 2000). According to Bloomberg.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe could be impeached if he doesn’t bow to pressure to resign, according to four officials close to mediation efforts aimed at ending a political standoff in the southern African nation. The military placed the Mugabe, 93, under house arrest on Wednesday and detained top officials who’d backed his wife, Grace, to succeed him. Mugabe has been made aware he could be impeached, but he initially dismissed the possibility, according to the people. He made his first public appearance Friday since the military relaxed restrictions on his movements, attending a university graduation ceremony in Harare and making cursory comments.


The impeachment threat was the latest pressure tactic against Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980 and is the world’s oldest-serving leader. He’s insisted that he remains the country’s legally elected chief and refused to quit or to reinstate his fired deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Defense force commander Constantino Chiwenga also has refused to yield ground, according to the officials. They asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to comment.


“This is a man who, for nearly four decades did whatever he liked,” said Eldred Masunungure, a political-science professor at the University of Zimbabwe. “We have to understand the psychological trauma this must be for him. But his time is definitely up. It’s not about if, but when. He knows with the loss of military support there is no way he can hang on to power.”

A successful impeachment would require a two thirds majority in both Zimbabwe’s houses of parliament, where the session resumes on 21 November 2017. The ruling Zanu PF party has a two-thirds majority in both. However, the party is split into two factions, one supporting Mnangagwa and the other supporting Mugabe’s wife. Pictures from the negotiations between Chiwenga and Mugabe were published in the state-controlled Herald newspaper.

Father Fidelis Mukonori, a Catholic priest and friend of Mugabe’s, is mediating in the talks, while South Africa representatives also attended. Tomorrow, Mugabe’s former allies, the war veterans, are hosting a national rally in Harare, where Zimbabweans from various political parties, religions and elsewhere are expected to attend.

The US Embassy in Harare has issued a warning with regards to demonstrations at the weekend.

As CNN reports, the US Secretary of State is appealing for a swift return to democracy.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed concern Friday over the apparent military coup in Zimbabwe, urging "a quick return to civilian rule in that country in accordance with their constitution."


Speaking at a ministerial meeting on trade, security and governance in Africa at the State Department, Tillerson told his counterparts from the region, "Zimbabwe has an opportunity to set itself on a new path, one that must include democratic elections and respect for human rights.


"Ultimately," he emphasized, "the people of Zimbabwe must choose their government."

If Mugabe steps aside, voluntarily or forcibly, Emmerson Mnangagwa is likely to lead a transitional government, as Bloomberg explains.

Mnangagwa, the fired deputy, is a leading contender to head the transitional government, which may include opposition figures, according to the people. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said he hadn’t been approached by the military rulers for talks on a transitional government, adding that he’s prepared to hold discussions with them.


“If we’re approached, we’ll participate in that, but for now nothing has been initiated,” he told reporters Thursday in Harare.


“It’s clear that the Mnangagwa faction needs to get Mugabe to vacate office as soon as possible” to keep his faction from regrouping, said Daniel Silke, director of Political Futures Consultancy in Cape Town. “The pressure will be on Mugabe to announce his resignation from the top job as soon as possible.”

But it looks like he’s going to make it as difficult as he possibly can for his opponents.


Oldrepublic wonderfulme Fri, 11/17/2017 - 19:14 Permalink

A TV news report from Rhodesia 1976
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S2NKlMW0vcIan Smith was very impressive

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Ghost who Walks Fri, 11/17/2017 - 15:59 Permalink

Interesting development.If it does become a peaceful transition of power rather than a re-enactment of Romania then it might prompt other transitions globally.I wonder how similar this situation is to the recent US situation with HRC?Lots of "investors" in the Clinton foundation dudded and now Grace's "supporters" seeing future power and spoils slipping away.

Sudden Debt Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:22 Permalink

yeah... so now they'll liberate themselves...pillage what's left of the country...destroy and burn everything down...and when it's all glowing and burning... they'll blame the white people because they're not rich and it's all because of rascisme... Zimbabwe used to be a rich country. That was when white people ruled it.So in short, they'll never recover and from now on, warlords will rule the land.

Arrest Hillary Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:25 Permalink

Zimbabwe will not be included in the Noethern Latitude Alliance .... however, the good news is .... Southern Latitude countries .... who are culturally "Northern" i.e. Australia, NZ, Chile, Argentina (gulp) may be included .... so, my message to South Africa is to keep white rule and culture ?

Vageling Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:41 Permalink

The guy is an idiot! Abuse power, have some (How many wives this idiot have?) wife run rampant and even got caught fucking some gurl up up because she liked one of the sons (gee, muslim shit), HOWEVER he is still in power! And probably will be till he dies. These muppets don't get it. And we the occident pay these muppets to stay in power! This is one giant FUBAR bullshit! Fuck Mugabe. Hang him. And let the Zimbabwe people figure it out on their own. Hang his (Which # wife) too, what het name... Grace? The IRONY! End the so called "development money" bullshit. Their country. Do something with it! Morons! As I said before... You can't fire people for disagreeing! Mutiny WILL follow! And I don't like the black guy. His fault, not mine. Eating Lays (another corporate bullshit move) but denying your own people to eat it? Insanity! 

Laughing.Man Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:12 Permalink

It's been speculated that Mugabe wanted to nationalize Chinese assets.  The timing of this does raise a few eyebrows as it occurred after Zimbabwe's military generals visited the Chinese military.

Laughing.Man peddling-fiction Fri, 11/17/2017 - 18:02 Permalink

This article is playing down Zimbabwe's military visit.  Source: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/11/zimbabwe-military-chiefs-visit-norm… "Mugabe had recently taken steps that impacted negatively on its investors. Last year, his government decided to end all contracts involving Chinese companies in lucrative diamond fields. Legal challenges were taken out and China said it was reconsidering plans to fund multi-billion-dollar energy and infrastructure deals signed in 2014 and 2015. Mugabe stated that private companies had “robbed” Zimbabwe of its diamond wealth and he would nationalise mining." Source: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/11/16/zimb-n16.html

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gdpetti Laughing.Man Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:39 Permalink

Haven't heard that.... which is a definite no-no, considering the Chinese have been very smart in spending their money in Africa.. always looking for 'win-win' solutions instead of bribes... thus there is infrastructure development and not just payoffs for friends as we have always done it in the West.That said, it is a good thing that Muggie makes it difficult, that way it grooves reality into the situation instead of a simple transfer of power, which can be reversed just as fast. If they want it to stick, they have to earn it the old fashioned way.... same always, everywhere. This way, the structure of the govt might need to be changed to prevent any dictator like Muggie arising again. Term limits is the usual scheme, but they can easily be neglected, ignored or changed, or what happens when there isn't any stong enough candidate to replace the current 'leader'? The system has to learn to train their future leaders in every category, not just in the military, and yes, this can always be corrupted, same as always... keeping the system 'clean' demands constant vigilance of the people... which is why most corrupt govts seek 'bread and circus' games to mislead, distract and obfuscate the public... to 'dumb them down', as Rockefeller/Rothschilds helped instal here in the States.

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JoseyWalesTheOutlaw Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:37 Permalink

 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed concern Friday over the apparent military coup in Zimbabwe, urging "a quick return to civilian rule in that country in accordance with their constitution.".....you have to be kidding me Rex

Dragon HAwk Fri, 11/17/2017 - 19:05 Permalink

Mugabe, wasn't he the clown that if you wanted a position in his government you had let him sleep with your wife, how did that work out for him? fell apart in his 90's Shit he had a good run. made it this long, Like the 102 year old lady,  the doctors said the cigars and liqueur killed her.

silverer Fri, 11/17/2017 - 20:00 Permalink

He's just an old cast iron cocksucker that should have been thrown out years ago. The guy hasn't accomplished jack shit aside from impoverishing his "liberated" people.