For the next step in a political crisis that gripped Zimbabwe’s capital last week, contentious President Robert Mugabe faces impeachment from his own ruling party, the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front.
This comes after the party stripped him of his title as leader of the party last week following a military intervention to purge those of “crimes” around Mugabe and saw Zimbabweans celebrating in the streets.
Mugabe, and ZANU-PF, have ruled Zimbabwe from the capital Harare since the country’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1980.
Mugabe had previously fired his vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa on Nov 6, with observers saying it was a way to clear the way for his wife, Grace Mugabe, to ascend to the top position.
Mnangagwa fled the country in fear of Mugabe, and the military intervened, putting the president under house arrest.
After Mugabe refused to resign Sunday, surprising many, while surrounded by his military captors, the armed forces said later that they have a planned “roadmap” with Mugabe for the future.
“The main charge is that he has allowed his wife to usurp constitutional power when she has no right to run government,” said parliamentarian Paul Mangwana, according to BBC News.
“But she is insulting civil servants, the vice president, at public rallies. They are denigrating the army; those are the charges.”
The Mugabe family is very wealthy and own assets and homes internationally. Likely him and wife will head to South Africa, where his sons live, and where many holdings are, according to observers.
More details to follow. Image 1 of Robert and Grace Mugabe from Quartz.