Impeach Mugabe: This is how Zimbabwe will finally force Bob to leave

(Photo by Gallo Images / Sunday Times / Simphiwe Nkwali)

An ending fit for a coward: Robert Mugabe chooses impeachment over dignity

Mugabe’s last shot at serving his people dutifully has been and gone

Impeach Mugabe: This is how Zimbabwe will finally force Bob to leave

(Photo by Gallo Images / Sunday Times / Simphiwe Nkwali)

Robert Mugabe prolonged the agony of Zimbabwe this evening, when he refused to resign during a television broadcast. An impeachment process will almost certainly begin tomorrow.

The sacked former Zanu PF leader clung on to his severely diminished authority, during a hotly anticipated address to the nation. Thought likely to resign, he instead made a rambling speech where he vowed to acknowledge the nation’s problems.

He should have started by looking into a mirror. He has been given a noon deadline to resign by Monday, but he remains defiant.

Robert Mugabe address to Zimbabwe:

“Whatever the pros and cons of how they went about registering their concerns. I as the president of Zimbabwe and Commander-In-Chief, acknowledge the issues and believe they were released in the spirit of honesty, and patriotic concern.

I’m aware of concerns which has come from citizens. We resolve our differences by ourselves, with dignity, discipline and restraint so rare with other nations. Such traits must form tour national character.

The operation was no threat to our constitution. It wasn’t a challenge to my authority. Not even as Commander-In-Chief of Zimbabwe Defence Forces, the command element remained respectful. True, some incidents have occurred here and there. These have been corrected, I’m happy that the pillars of state remained functional.

Government will unveil business development programs that will help rural areas and growth points. We’re a nation born out of struggle for independence. A tradition of resistance is our legacy. We must subscribe to this across our future. This was a great concern for our commanders, the makers of our revolution. Our veterans must play central roles in the lives of our nation

There’s a well-founded perception that the party was failing in its own rules. There has too be a net return to the guiding principles of our party, enshrined in our constitution. We all embrace a new ethos, nourished by an abiding sense of camaraderie. Zanu PF is a party of traditions. It’s been served by generations bound together.

I thank you, and good night. That was a long speech”

Bring on the impeachment

More like the wrong speech, Bob. Zimbabwe, Africa and a large majority of citizens across the world will be frustrated by his refusal to go. But he’s only buying time.

He’s made his decision. Impeachment processes will begin tomorrow. There is a relatively swift turnaround with these proceedings. As stated by eNCA analysts moments ago, his failure to meet the noon deadline – which now looks set in stone – will trigger the process the moment the clock strikes 12:01.

This is no longer a fight you can win, Robert Mugabe. There is no way out. But, enjoy the next few days. They shall be your last before a successful impeachment movement. This will be a most undignified exit, for a most undignified leader.