A wave of celebration swept through Zimbabwe after the country’s President, Robert Mugabe resigned his position after 37 years of being in power.
The controversy began after Mugabe pushed aside his former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa in November 2016. Mnangagwa was much loved and the move was greeted with shock and anger.
Many stated that Mugabe had taken the decision so that his wife, Grace Mugabe would have a clear path to the Presidency.
Mugabe, 93, was the world’s oldest leader and has been in power since he became the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe in 1980. Seven years later, he moved a spot higher and became the President of Zimbabwe, a position he retained until the present date.
Sources claim that Mugabe hoped that his wife Grace would be his successor, a hope that led to the dismissal of Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The move resulted in a great deal of protest from both public and political spheres. Since then, Mugabe’s days in office have been numbered. On Monday, November 20, Mugabe’s former party ZANU-PF, went one step further and moved to impeach Mugabe.
In the past, Mugabe was asked to voluntarily resign from his position. They have stated that he has abused his power in numerous ways, the worst of which was his attempt to clear the political arena for his wife.
Mugabe dismissed the anger stating that “only God” could remove him from his position. It would appear then that “God” has spoken.
Mugabe’s surprising resignation came in the form of a letter, which was read to the public by the speaker of the parliament.
Mugabe stated that his resignation was completely voluntarily, and that he had resigned to facilitate a smooth transfer of power.
The announcement came as a pleasant surprise to Parliament, which was in the process of impeaching the former President.
Sources state that the exiled former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa will now return to take his rightful position as the new President of Zimbabwe.