Mugabe sacked as party leader

The ousting of long time leader Robert Mugabe progressed in the weekend with Zimbabwe’s governing party voting to expel him and his wife. His resignation as President has also been demanded, or he will be impeached.

Mugabe is scheduled to address the country shortly and is expected to resign.

Guardian: Zimbabwe’s ruling party fires Robert Mugabe as leader

Zanu PF has sacked the president and replaced him with Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy he dismissed two weeks ago

The ruling party in Zimbabwe has given Robert Mugabe until noon on Monday to resign as president or face impeachment by parliament.

In an extraordinary meeting in Harare, the capital, on Sunday morning more than 200 Zanu-PF leaders voted to sack Mugabe as the party’s leader and demanded that the 93 year old “resign forthwith from his position as head of state”.

The move by his own party significantly weakens the position of Mugabe, who has refused to step down following a military takeover last week, despite huge demonstrations in cities across the country on Saturday demanding that he leaves power.

Mugabe has argued that the military takeover is an illegal coup and appears to be hoping that this will trigger regional intervention, sources familiar with his negotiations with the military said.

Zimbabwe’s parliament will reconvene on Tuesday after a week-long suspension and will launch impeachment proceedings immediately if the president has not resigned, MPs said.

The procedure is unprecedented, and it is unclear how long it might take.

Zanu-PF also expelled Grace Mugabe, the divisive first lady, and twenty of her closest associates.

When the motion was passed, removing Mugabe from the head of the party and appointing Emmerson Mnangagwa to replace him, the hall of Zanu-PF delegates broke into cheers, song and dance.

The 200 or so members of the central committee leapt to their feet, many singing Mnangagwa’s name.

“This is the day that is defining the new birth and development of our country,” said Mike Madiro, chairman of one of the provincial party branches that had formally set Mugabe’s dethroning in motion.

This may be the end of the Mugabe era – he has served as president since 1987 – but this is not necessarily the end of dire political and economic situations in Zimbabe – This is redistribution for Zimbabwe’s elite, not revolution in a ruined nation:

In the capital, the roads are potholed, outside they are cracked and crumbling. Banks are so short of cash that people wait hours to withdraw even tiny sums. The only jobs are in government service, yet salaries are rarely paid. The best and the brightest have long fled abroad. Warehouses are empty, fields lie fallow. The busiest store in rural villages is the “bottle shop”, selling dirt-cheap spirits.

Zimbabwe has famously abundant natural resources but resuscitating the economy after 20 years of disastrous mismanagement and wholesale looting by corrupt officials is a major undertaking. The banking system needs to be rebooted, faith restored in the national currency and government finances somehow replenished. The vast debts incurred by Mugabe’s regime need to be rescheduled or waived and new funding arranged to rebuild the country’s shattered infrastructure.

The ruling Zanu-PF party and allies in the military launched their takeover to purge an ambitious faction that threatened their position, not because they wanted to see structural reform that would shut down their own lucrative rackets and rent-seeking.

The people of Zimbabwe have high hopes of a new democratic era. But the ousting of Mugabe was a redistribution of power within the ruling elite of Zimbabwe, not a people’s revolution.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, the ousted vice-president, who is most likely to succeed Mugabe when he finally leaves power, is no committed democrat. He was Mugabe’s chief enforcer, with a long history of human rights abuse. Mnangagwa, 75, will need to make some concessions to public opinion within Zimbabwe and the hopes of the international community, not least to get the donor and diaspora money the country so desperately needs. However, he will seek to do this while reinforcing, not weakening, the grip of the party.

So Zimbabwe’s problems will just have a different figurehead.

 

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  2. Pickled Possum

     /  November 20, 2017

    Did anything positive come out of Mugabe reign?
    Mugabe always reminded me of that social experiment brown eyes vs blue eyes.
    One is Always saying how good they would make it IF they were in power.
    Human nature proves they couldn’t..

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  3. Blazer

     /  November 20, 2017

    they ‘re going for the …youth…option. 😉

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  4. Corky

     /  November 20, 2017

    Apparently Mugabe’s alleged successor is just as bad? 😥

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  November 20, 2017

      Accused of masterminding slaughter of 20,000 tribal and political enemies and nicknamed Crocodile. Probably not a Mandela figure.

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  5. A Clayton’s stand down if ever I saw one

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  6. Ray

     /  November 20, 2017

    I am really surprised he hasn’t had a nasty accident, like falling down some stairs and breaking his neck or have a pistol he was cleaning firing into the back of his head.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 20, 2017

      No for some reason I’ve never thought he was in any danger of that. I think it’s because whoever did it or organised it would be hated with a passion. They want him gone. They’ve had enuf. He’s a dictator, a failure, & an arrogant old fool, but he IS the man who, more than anyone, fought for years to liberate Zimbabwe’s Africans from racist white repressive rule & even though his tribalism, power hunger & incompetence have now run it into the ground, he’s a national hero for that, & always will be. He gets huge respect for that, even from his detractors.

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      • David

         /  November 20, 2017

        “but he IS the man who, more than anyone, fought for years to liberate Zimbabwe’s Africans from racist white repressive rule”

        Yes, very liberated these Zimbabwean’s are. Black repressive rule is so much better than white regressive rule isn’t it?

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        • Gezza

           /  November 20, 2017

          I expect a lot Black Zimbabweans would probably agree with you David. There’s something just not attractive to people about being dominated by another race or culture. Look at what happened to the few Empires that ran all of Europe once.

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          • Gezza

             /  November 20, 2017

            Sadly I’m not optimistic that much will change for the better under a new leader. The educated young, the entrepreneurs, the people they need to build vibrant democratic societies in so many African countries have fled to Europe & elsewhere, fed up with the rampant tribalism, favour giving, & blant bribery that is culturally normal & sits on top of supposedly democratic systems that just don’t work properly there because of it. It doesn’t help that other governments & corporations in Europe, the US, China exploit it for their own gain, but it’s not up to them to change things. It’s up to younger Africans. They can’t if they’re all trying to flood in to Europe.

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            • Gezza

               /  November 20, 2017

              😡 blant = blatant. Restart needed on this FiP! Typing anything means then waiting for a minute before the characters actually appear!

  7. NOEL

     /  November 20, 2017

    For those wanting an insight from someone in the country
    http://www.eddiecross.africanherd.com/

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