STUBBORN president Robert Mugabe faces being removed as president of Zimbabwe tomorrow after improbably clinging to power in an extraordinary speech.
A motion to impeach 93-year-old Mugabe will be tabled by Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party on Tuesday, the party has confirmed.
The party has opted to press ahead with impeachment proceedings after Mugage failed to resign before the noon deadline today.
In a dramatic seven days, Mugage was dismissed as leader of Zanu PF after the Zimbabwe army staged a coup to remove him from power.
Last night Mugade, Zimbabwe’s only leader since 1980, was widely expected to announce his resigantion in a speech drafted with military officals.
But in a reality suspending TV address, Mugage vowed to carry on as president despite widespread calls from the military, the public and his own party for him to end his 37-year reign.
Mugabe could now be removed from power in a matter of days in what would be a humiliating end to the career of the “Grand Old Man” of African politics.
Paul Mangawana, a Zanu PF party member, said impeachment proceedings could take as little as two days to complete.
Speaking to reporters today, Mangawana said the parliament could “vote him out” as soon as Wednesday.
Mangwana accused Mugabe of “allowing his wife to usurp government powers” and said “he is too old and cannot even walk without help.”
His wife Grace, 55, was apparently calling the shots as Mugabe increasingly became as “source of instability” due to his ailing condition.
“He is a stubborn man, he can hear the voices of the people, but is refusing to listen.”
Paul Mangawana, Zanu PF member
Under Zimbabwe’s constitution, impeachment can be brought on grounds of “serious misconduct”, “violation” of the constitution or “failure to obey, uphold or defend” it, or “incapacity”.
“He is a stubborn man, he can hear the voices of the people, but is refusing to listen,” Mangawana said.
Mugabe has been notified that impeachment proceedings against him will go ahead, accoording to Zanu PF.
Yet in another baffling move, Mugabe called for a weekly meeting of his cabinet at State House, ignoring his sacking from the party just days earlier.
Both chambers of the Zimbabwe aparliament – the Senate and the the National Assembly – will vote on his impeachment tomorrow.
A joint committee will then be appointed by both chambers to investigate removing the president.
If the committe recommends impeachment, both houses will vote on impeachment, which can be passed with a two thirds majority.
“We are expecting the motion to be moved tomorrow, the committee to be set up tomorrow, and hopefully by Wednesday – because the charges are so clear – we expect that by Wednesday, we should be able to vote in parliament,” Mr Mangawana said.
Mugabe, 93, made the astonishing statement on state-run television amid mounting pressure for him to end his 37-year reign of the African country.
The autocrat – the world’s oldest leader – was expected to announce his intention to resign as president, according to sources.
But in an apparent U-turn, Mugabe gave no hint of callng time on his reign despite being sacked as leader of Zimbabwe’s ruling party, Zanu PF.
Mugabe left the nationa reeling by refusing to resign and said he would preside over the party Congress in a few weeks, dismissing his sacking.
Earlier today Zanu PF party had given Mugabe until noon today to quit as leader or face impeachment.
In a dramatic four days, Mugage repeatedly refused to stand down as leader of the country after the military staged a shock coup to overthrow him on Tuesday.
Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s only leader since 1980, appeared to have caved in to demands to stand aside “honourably” instead of going through the painful process of impeachment.
But Mugabe called on the nation to “move forward” and “learn to forgive” in his speech, adding: “We cannot be guided by bitterness.”
Chris Mustvanga, the war veterans leader, has told Reuters news agency plans for the impeachment of Mugabe will go ahead.
In the wake of the baffling speech, which Mugabe had reportedly refused to show military leaders, Zanu PF posted to Twitter, writing: “Don’t worry, be patient. We have been kind.”
His sacked vice-president, Emmerson “the Crocodile” Mnangagwa, has replaced Mugabe as leader of the ruling Zanu PF party.
Ahead of a meeting with army officals today, frail Mugage was “wailing profusely” and said he wished he could speak to his late ex-wife, Sally Mugabe, who died of kidney failure in 1992.
“He spends most of his time looking at an old photograph of Sally. It is terrible,” a source told MailOnline.
His currently wife, Grace “Gucci” Mugabe, was also expelled “forever” from the Zanu PF party in a unanimous vote yesterday.