November 19, 2017, 16:00
Zimbabwe’s ruling party ZANU-PF says president Robert Mugabe must resign as president by noon Monday or impeachment proceedings will start when parliament resumes on Tuesday.
The party fired Mugabe as its chief, expelled his wife as leader of the party’s women’s league and other top officials loyal to the president.
“R.G. Mugabe should resign forthwith from his position as president and head of state and government of the Republic of Zimbabwe and if his resignation has not been tendered by midday tomorrow the 20th November 2017, the ZANU-PF chief whip is ordered to institute proceedings for the recall of the president in terms of section 97 of the constitution of Zimbabwe,” said Patrick Chinamasa, legal affairs secretary for ZANU-PF and Zimbabwe’s cybersecurity minister.
Sacked vice- president Emmerson Mnangagwa was reinstated and is to head the party.
The 93- year old president has stubbornly refused to resign and reports say he was meeting with army chiefs in the country in an attempt to persuade them to change course.
Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe for the last 37 years.