Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has adamantly refused to step down.
In his long awaited address to the nation on Sunday evening, the president insisted that he is still in-charge and pledged to preside over the ZANU-PF congress in December.
We gave Robert Gabriel Mugabe every chance to have a dignified exit. But he is mad.— ZANU PF (@zanu_pf) November 19, 2017
“The congress is due in a few weeks from now. I’ll preside over its processes which must not be prepossessed by any acts calculated to undermine it or to compromise the outcomes in the eyes of the public,” he said.
The news stunned Zimbabweans and the world alike as he defied expectations.
Zimbabwe latest:— Bloomberg Africa (@BBGAfrica) November 19, 2017
- Robert Mugabe on TV
- President fails to resign
- Everybody is left baffled
- Speech “differed from plan”
- Acknowledges past “failures”
- Now faces impeachmenthttps://t.co/o0p3Pl87dw pic.twitter.com/67pA5I7DFU
The ruling party says it will go ahead with plans to impeach him while leader of Zimbabwe’s war veterans Chris Mutsvangwa, called on Zimbabweans to take to the streets on Wednesday.
Actually all the old man needed to do was stick to the script. Now we must remove him.— ZANU PF (@zanu_pf) November 19, 2017