Overwhelming support for Mugabe impeachment - Zanu PF chief whip

Protesters demonstrate outside the Embassy of Zimbabwe in London to call on the leader of the country Robert Mugabe to resign

Protesters demonstrate outside the Embassy of Zimbabwe in London to call on the leader of the country Robert Mugabe to resign

The takeover was staged initially to target the "criminals" around the 93-year-old but is now demanding the ouster of the autocratic and corrupt Mugabe regime and its replacement with a creature that we are still to see.

Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans took to the streets of Harare Saturday to call on Mugabe to resign.

ZANU-PF party members have been called to a specially convened meeting on Monday afternoon to discuss the anticipated impeachment proceedings.

Mnangagwa was sacked last week amid a succession row, with Mugabe's wife Grace being positioned to take over as the country's vice-president and eventually succeed Mugabe.According to reports, the army has placed Mugabe and his family under house arrest and has said the dictator is safe and sound.

Lawmakers from his ruling ZANU-PF party said that they would take the first steps on Tuesday to force Mugabe from office after he ignored their ultimatum to resign. Despite rumours that she has fled the country, she is thought to remain under house arrest.

Should Parliament proceed with the motion to impeach Mugabe, the despot may end up facing trial in court.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe National broadcaster, ZBC, has been told to be on standby by the army as there could be another announcement from either Mugabe or the military tonight.

"The security services are encouraged by new developments which include contact between the president and the former vice president. who is expected in the country shortly", Chiwenga said. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said he was "baffled" by the President's address.

Chris Mutsvangwa, chairman of the war veterans' association, said the president should not stay for "37 seconds longer".

Douglas Mwonzora from Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) also said the party would support Mugabe's impeachment.

But in his national address Sunday night, Mugabe said he would chair the party's extraordinary congress next month to address challenges afflicting the party.

On Sunday ZANU-PF dismissed him as its leader and demanded he resign as head of state, naming Mnangagwa as the new party chief. But the leaders of ZANU-PF have rejected this possibility, making it clear they intend to keep full power despite replacing Mr. Mugabe.

On paper, the impeachment process is long-winded, involving 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.

The students are also demanding that a doctorate given to first lady Grace Mugabe be revoked.

By allowing cadres expelled in 2014 to come back, Zanu PF has also opened a window for former vice president Joice Mujuru and her cabal of more than 200 men and women who include Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo to troop back into the party.

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