mugabe sacked zanupf

Robert Mugabe sacked as Zanu-PF party leader, Grace Mugabe expelled

The beginning of the end….

mugabe sacked zanupf

Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party sacked President Robert Mugabe as party leader and appointed vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa in his place.

Mnangagwa was fired by Mugabe two weeks, a move which led to a military takeover the army is calling a “bloodless correction” instead of a coup.

Zanu-PF held a special, emergency meeting in Harare on Sunday following almost a week of negotiating with Mugabe who is refusing to step down as the country’s president.

The vote, taken by hundreds of senior Zanu-PF officials significantly weakens Mugabe’s position.

BBC correspondent Andrew Harding, at the Zanu-PF meeting, tweeted a video of people dancing after the decision to remove Mugabe was taken.

Zimbabwe’s parliament will reconvene on Tuesday after a week-long suspension. It is expected that they will begin impeachment proceedings if Mugabe still has not backed down.

Grace Mugabe aka Gucci Grace, the divisive first lady and chair of Zanu-PF’s woman’s league, was also expelled from the party.

Zimbabwe’s Standard newspaper reported that Zanu-PF also fired  Jonathan Moyo, Saviour Kasukuwere, Patrick Zhuwao, Ignatius Chombo.

Thousands of Zimbabweans had taken to the streets on Saturday in an unprecedented public display of anti-Mugabe sentiment, including the destruction of road signs bearing Mugabe’s name. Such acts are unthinkable under normal circumstances.

Latest Zimbabwe news in summary

  • Two weeks ago, Mugabe fires his then-deputy president Mnangagwa, who feels the country.
  • The army’s chief of staff, Gen Constantino Chiwenga, warned on Monday that the military might intervene to stop purges in the party – and was roundly criticised by allies of the Mugabes
  • On Wednesday, soldiers take control of the national broadcaster
  • Mugabe has been mostly under house arrest for several days. Pictures of him smiling and shaking hands with army generals emerge on Thursday evening. On Friday, he makes a public appearance.
  • On Saturday, unprecedented mass protests take place in the country. Several Zanu-PF members publicly call for him to resign.
  • Sunday, a special Zanu-PF meeting ousts him as party leader.  Chris Mutsvangwa, head of the liberation war veterans warns the army might have to ‘open fire to protect’ him if he does not back down.