Robert Mugabe faces impeachment as deadline passes

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   DEFIANT Robert Mugabe faces being impeached by his own party Zabu PF in Harare tomorrow

GETTY DEFIANT Robert Mugabe faces being impeached by his own party Zabu PF in Harare tomorrow

Children play near a painting of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in Harare, Monday, Nov, 20, 2017.

The central committee meeting was chaired by Obert Mpofu, one of the ministers who reportedly always signed correspondence to Mugabe as "your obedient son".

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

Instead, Mugabe stressed that he was still in power and would preside over the upcoming Zanu-PF elective conference. "They'll proceed with the so-called impeachment process".

He admitted he remains "sceptical" about Mr Mnangagwa, who has been nicknamed "the Crocodile" and has been part of Mugabe's government for much of his time in office.

Mugabe astonished Zimbabweans with his defiance in a national address Sunday night after being fired as party leader.

CNN was quoting a source familiar with the negotiations between Mugabe and the army.

In a live televised address to the nation on Sunday night, the president of nearly four decades had been expected to resign, but instead promised to lead a Zanu-PF party conference in December. "And I don't think that ZANU-PF as now constituted would want that end to President Mugabe". The congress is expected to ratify Mugabe's firing, expel First Lady Grace Mugabe, and make former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose firing earlier this month triggered the military action against Mugabe, the new leader of the party and the potential new president.

Thousands of Zimbabweans are disappointed and angry after President Robert Mugabe refused to step down as largely expected.

The party was yet to comment on its next steps after that deadline passed.

Ruling party members said they will initiate the impeachment process when parliament resumes on Tuesday.

Flanked by the generals who sent in troops last week to seize the state broadcaster, Mugabe spoke of the need for national unity and farming reform, but made no mention of his fate, leaving the nation of 16 million people dumbstruck.

Zimbabwe's state-run broadcaster says ruling party members are summoned to a meeting Monday afternoon as talk of impeaching longtime President Robert Mugabe continues.

Officials said the leader, who held power for almost four decades, was expected to resign, but Mugabe never formally stepped down.

There has been speculation that he read the wrong speech in his live television address on Sunday or skipped over passages about standing down.

Mugabe will not go down easily, and Zanu-PF will certainly have to approach the Speaker of Parliament to initiate the impeachment procedures.

As a effect, the call by the MDC and its alliance partners for an all-inclusive process to take the country to legitimacy is the only way forward.

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