Daily Archives: November 21, 2017

President Mugabe resigns – Speaker

Robert Mugabe, 93, has officially resigned as the President of Zimbabwe.

Jacob Mudendahe, the Zimbabwean Parliament Speaker, on Tuesday said he received a letter from Robert Mugabe that reads that the President is resigning.

In the letter, Mugabe said that he decided to step down to allow for the smooth transition of power in the country, according to Reuters.

“I Robert Gabriel Mugabe, in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe, hereby formally tender my resignation with immediate effect,” the letter reads, according to AFP.

Reuters reported that the news of Mugabe’s resignation was met with unbridled joy as Mudendahe was reading the President’s address. The first videos of celebrations that took place in the parliament and in the streets of the capital, Harare, have emerged on the web.

On Sunday, Zimbabwe’s ruling party announced that President Mugabe had been removed from his position as President and first secretary of the ZANU PF by a unanimous vote at a Central Committee Special Session in Harare. The party said he has been given until midday on Monday to resign from his position as Head of State.

President Zuma on Saturday said the SADC region is committed to providing support to the people of Zimbabwe to resolve the political situation .

A stable and peaceful SADC region is in our best interest, and Zimbabwe is a critical member of our regional community, said President Zuma.

Source: South African Government News Agency

An Historic Moment for Zimbabwe

With the resignation of Robert Mugabe, today marks an historic moment for Zimbabwe. We congratulate all Zimbabweans who raised their voices and stated peacefully and clearly that the time for change was overdue. Zimbabwe has an extraordinary opportunity to set itself on a new path.

The United States strongly supports a peaceful, democratic, and prosperous Zimbabwe. As events unfold, we continue to call on all parties to exercise restraint and respect constitutional and civilian order.

We urge Zimbabwe’s leaders to implement much-needed political and economic reforms for a more stable and promising future for the Zimbabwean people. We will continue to support the people of Zimbabwe as these reforms move forward.

Whatever short-term arrangements the government may establish, the path forward must lead to free and fair elections. The people of Zimbabwe must choose their own leaders.

Source: U.S Department of State

Fired Zimbabwean VP Says Mugabe Should Resign Immediately

HARARE, ZIMBABWE Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe should acknowledge the nation’s “insatiable desire” for a leadership change and resign immediately, the recently fired vice president and likely successor to the 93-year-old leader said Tuesday.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was dismissed earlier this month, also said in a statement that he will not return to Zimbabwe until “satisfied of my personal security,” alleging that there had been plans to kill him.

“The people of Zimbabwe have spoken with one voice and it is my appeal to President Mugabe that he should take heed of this clarion call and resign forthwith so that the country can move forward and preserve his legacy,” Mnangagwa said.

He confirmed that Mugabe has invited him to return “for a discussion” on the recent events. But “given the events that followed my dismissal I cannot trust my life in President Mugabe’s hands.”

The ruling ZANU-PF party is demanding that Mugabe resign and wants Mnangagwa, a former longtime ally of the president, to replace him.

The ruling party was poised to begin impeachment proceedings against Mugabe on Tuesday as Parliament resumed, and it instructed government ministers to boycott a Cabinet meeting Mugabe called for Tuesday morning at State House, the president’s official residence.

Ruling party chief whip Lovemore Matuke said ministers were told to instead attend a meeting at party headquarters to work on the impeachment.

Mnangagwa’s statement said he was aware of the impeachment proceedings and “I will not stand in the way of the people and my party.”

While there is a widespread consensus that the world’s oldest head of state should step down after nearly four decades in power, the increasingly isolated Mugabe has refused. The country has known no other leader since independence from white minority rule in 1980.

The military was widely hailed as a savior after effectively stripping Mugabe of his authority last week, but it is under scrutiny after its generals flanked him during a televised address Sunday night in which he asserted that he remained the “commander in chief” and referred to “our well-cherished constitutional order.”

Zimbabwe’s association of liberation war veterans, which is close to the military, said the generals are in an awkward position because their formal role requires them to protect Mugabe from civilian protesters such as the tens of thousands who poured into Harare’s streets over the weekend.

Source: Voice of America

Police launch manhunt after 14 firearms are stolen during housebreaking and theft

The police at Villa Nora outside Lephalale have launched a manhunt for about three unknown suspects who broke into a farm house in Villa Nora policing precinct and stole 12 (twelve) hunting rifles, 2 (two) hand guns and unknown number of ammunition. The incident took place on the night of Sunday, 19 November 2017 and the early hours of Monday, 20 November 2017.11.21

It is believed the three suspects gained entry into the house through the window. They then went to the safe and stole the said firearms and bullets. The owner of the farm, which is also a lodge, was allegedly not at the farm during the incident.

Other possible charges will also be preferred against the owner for allegedly keeping firearms in contravention of the Firearms Control Act.

Firearm owners are reminded to, at all times, comply with the provisions governing the safe keeping of firearms. As we battle against violent crimes that are often perpetrated through the use of firearms, we can’t afford a situation where firearms end up in the hands of criminals due to none compliance by legal gun owners.

Source: South African Police Service

President Mugabe resigns – Speaker

Robert Mugabe, 93, has officially resigned as the President of Zimbabwe.

Jacob Mudendahe, the Zimbabwean Parliament Speaker, on Tuesday said he received a letter from Robert Mugabe that reads that the President is resigning.

In the letter, Mugabe said that he decided to step down to allow for the smooth transition of power in the country, according to Reuters.

“I Robert Gabriel Mugabe, in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe, hereby formally tender my resignation with immediate effect,” the letter reads, according to AFP.

Reuters reported that the news of Mugabe’s resignation was met with unbridled joy as Mudendahe was reading the President’s address. The first videos of celebrations that took place in the parliament and in the streets of the capital, Harare, have emerged on the web.

On Sunday, Zimbabwe’s ruling party announced that President Mugabe had been removed from his position as President and first secretary of the ZANU PF by a unanimous vote at a Central Committee Special Session in Harare. The party said he has been given until midday on Monday to resign from his position as Head of State.

President Zuma on Saturday said the SADC region is committed to providing support to the people of Zimbabwe to resolve the political situation .

A stable and peaceful SADC region is in our best interest, and Zimbabwe is a critical member of our regional community, said President Zuma.

Source: South African Government News Agency