The embattled longest serving Zimbabwe President Robert Gabriel Mugabe has finally tendered his resignation letter after 37years on the throne.
The 93years old president who was ousted out of power few days ago in what seems like palace coup by men of arm forces made this known in letter which was read out by parliamentary speaker Jacob Mudenda.
The letter reads, “I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation… with immediate effect!
“My decision to resign is voluntary on my part. It arises from my concern for the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire to ensure a smooth, peaceful and non-violent transfer of power that underpins national security, peace and stability.””
Recall that the man who is adjudge most educated African President stunned the world two days ago after he refused to resign as president.
There was high expectation that he would stand down in a historic address live on television after conceding to military takeover.
But instead he clings to power following a rambling speech which left the nation stunned and baffled.
In a statement delivered in Harare he claimed military intervention, which saw him placed under house arrest four days ago, was no challenge to his authority. The army stepped in to block Grace Mugabe’s tilt at power.
Speaking slowly and occasionally stumbling as he read from pages, Mugabe talked of the need for solidarity to resolve national problems. He ended his speech by saying he will preside over an upcoming conference of the ruling Zanu-PF party. His defiance comes despite his sacking by Zanu-PF and in the face of huge public opposition.
Meanwhile, Mugabe’s former vice Emmerson Mnangagwa will today be sworn in as Zimbabwe President.
Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former Zimbabwean vice president, who was sacked by Robert Mugabe, would be sworn in Wednesday, media reports say.
Local media and Zimbabwean sources said Mr. Mnangagwa would be sworn in Wednesday to replace Mr. Mugabe who resigned Tuesday afternoon after 37-years in office.
The 75-year-old was removed from office and exiled 13 days after Mr. Mugabe accused him of disloyalty and insubordination.
Mr. Mugabe had reportedly taken the action to pave way for his wife, Grace, to emerge as the new leader of ruling Zanu-PF ahead of the country’s general election next year.
Mr. Mnangagwa is said to be popular amongst the powerful War Veterans group and the Zimbabwean military chiefs.