Zimbabwe’s Mugabe reacts to sack as Zanu-PF leader

Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s embattled leader, Robert Mugabe, has vowed to stay in power for several weeks, despite intense pressure on him to stand down.

“The (ruling ZANU-PF) party congress is due in a few weeks and I will preside over its processes,” Mr. Mugabe said in in a live TV address monitored by BBC.

Earlier on Sunday, the ruling party in Zimbabwe, Zanu-PF, sacked Mr. Mugabe who has been in power since 1980.

After a meeting of party leaders on Sunday, officials said ex-Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was fired by Mr. Mugabe two weeks ago, has been appointed leader of the party.

Mr Mugabe’s 52-year-old wife, Grace, was expelled from the party, alongside a number of other senior officials.

It is not entirely clear how Mr. Mugabe can preside over Zanu-PF’s congress next month, following his dismissal as party leader.

Officials of the Southern African Development Commission, led by South African officials, are currently leading mediation talks between Mr. Mugabe and the military which ousted him from office.


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  • Hinds Peter

    Royalty.They have money but no commonsense.Peter Carlos Hinds.Commander.Barbados.

  • Lanre

    The Zimbabwe Military has taught the whole world a new lesson in how to deal with Tyrannies. Very mature and disciplined process – out-of-the-box. This revolution will definitely be studied for many years to come.

    • rules_emmanuelO.

      True! A new dynamic to the politics of ‘military interventions’ indeed!

  • Fada4Life

    Zimbabwe military are set of confusionist remove Mugabe finally and forge ahead

  • rules_emmanuelO.

    Just about sums up the mentality of the ‘tyrant’ whose stronghold has suffocated Zimbabwe for so long. My prayer is Zimbabweans should not be so patient with his like in the future. Government belongs to the people! When a leader is this defiant in the face of public disapprovial and rejection by those whom he supposedly represents, It just about sums the kind of democracy and governance he ran for decades. Good riddance!

    ‘Be wary of any man that claims
    Because deep down he clings onto the need for power
    The reality, he’s a coward
    Ultimately he’s scared to die…’

    – JCole (Fire squad).