President Robert Mugabe holds on to power refuses to resign
President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has provoked many Zimbabweans who had expected his resignation but in his much anticipated speech televised on Sunday he insisted that he still in-charge.
The speech was delivered alongside the generals who were behind the military intervention.
According to insiders the president in a meeting before the broadcast had agreed to resign but reneged in his broadcast.
The president in the his speech paid tribute to the military, the ruling party and the war veterans movement and called for national solidarity.
According to Mugabe he will preside over the party’s congress due in few weeks. “The (ruling ZANU-PF) party congress is due in a few weeks and I will preside over its processes,”
He said “Whatever the pros and cons of how they (the army) went about their operation, I, as commander-in-chief, do acknowledge their concerns,”
“We must learn to forgive and resolve contradictions real or perceived in a comradely Zimbabwean spirit,” he said.
Earlier on Sunday the Zanu-PF announced the sacking of Mugabe as its leader and announced former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa as the new leader.
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