Zim army calls for calm ahead of meetings to oust Mugabe

The elderly statesman's failure to heed the call to quit by noon on Monday has forced Zanu-PF to remove him through parliamentary processes.

People carry placards during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on November 18, 2017 in Harare. Picture: AFP

HARARE - Various meetings are set to take place in Zimbabwe on Tuesday morning as parties and members of Parliament prepare for a sitting that may see the end of President Robert Mugabe.

Zanu-PF turned its back on Mugabe at a meeting on Sunday where the leadership announced his recall and the expulsion of first lady Grace Mugabe, along with several of her loyalists.

The elderly statesman's failure to heed the call to quit by noon on Monday has forced Zanu-PF to remove him through parliamentary processes.

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Following a week of silence and covert discussions between the army, political parties and officials over Mugabe’s future, his failure to resign has resulted in a sudden eruption of political meetings.

Zanu-PF on Monday said it had voted in favour of a motion to impeach Mugabe in Parliament and will have a final meeting at 10am on Tuesday.

At the same time, Mugabe has summoned cabinet ministers for a discussion at state house.

Given the factions within Zanu-PF, analysts say the party will need opposition party the MDC to vote with the governing party in order to succeed in impeaching the 93-year-old.

The MDC is also meeting at 10 to discuss their position going forward.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwean Defence Force has appealed for calm and urged students to stop protesting.

Army general Constantino Chiwenga said: “We as the Zimbabwe defence and security services urge Zimbabweans to remain calm and patient, fully observing and respecting the laws.”

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Speaking at a press briefing on Monday night, army general Constantino Chiwenga has told Zimbabweans to remain patient as several gains have been made in resolving the apparent impass between Mugabe and those calling for his resignation.

Chiwenga says that following Sunday night’s address by Mugabe, which failed meet expectations of his resignation, they remain resolute on returning the country to normalcy in whats been dubbed “Operation Restore Legacy”

The army general’s assured citizens of ongoing talks in which several guarantees have been listed and that there's a joint effort in mapping out the way forward.

He’s asked zimbabweans to refrain from activities that would result in a threat to peace as several meetings on the fate of Mugabe take place in the capital city.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)