On Tuesday, Robert Mugabe's impeachment will be debated in Parliament. This is after Mugabe missed today's deadline to resign, despite being removed as Zanu-PF president and first secretary by the ruling party.
Spokesperson for the opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Obert Gutu says that Zanu-PF have formally approached them to aid in the impeachment proceedings. Both MDC and Zanu-PF members will be meeting in Parliament, and Gutu feels that things will go smoothly
I can say that I don't see any problem at all and I can also safely conclude that we are going to be supportive of the impeachment proceedings.— Obert Gutu, Movement for Democratic Change
Gutu says the process of impeachment according to the Zimbabwean constitution happens in two stages. First both houses of parliament have a sitting, where at least half of the sitting have to agree on the impeachment proceedings.
If this happens, the Standing Rules and Orders committee of parliament will establish a special committee to closely investigate the impeachment. After this, if two-thirds of a joint seating of parliament agree to the impeachment, it is upheld.
Gutu says this is the second time this process will be happening, but with the support of ZANU-PF they are confident the motion will go through
In 2014 the MDC tried to come up with an impeachment motion, but because we did not have the numbers we did not succeed. But this time we have ZANU-PF.— Obert Gutu, Movement for Democratic Change
Gutu adds that already there are 300 members of parliament across both parties who have stated they are going to vote for impeachment.
The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans' Association (ZNLWVA) have come out and said that if Mugabe does not step down they are going to take legal action/
ZNLWVA member Douglas Mahiya, says that they will continue fighting because they were born out of the people and represent the people's power.
We will continue with the struggle. We will continue with the demonstrations until after the end of the impeachment. If it does not happen we, the people, will continue until Robert Mugabe is no longer in office.— Douglas Mahiya, ZNLWVA member
Mugabe's stubbornness to resign may suggest that he still has moves to play, and that he still may have support. Mahiya says the fact that he has been removed as president of ZANU-PF show that this is not true.
Mr Mugabe has been recalled by the party, by the central committee yesterday afternoon. So it is actually political madness that he thinks he can call a cabinet meeting. We see no leverage at all for him to continue what he is doing.— Douglas Mahiya, ZNLWVA member
He is an old man now. Like you have a baby, and a baby can do anything, he can touch fire and things like that. So the world must look at him with the perspective - that he is too old to know what he is doing.— Douglas Mahiya, ZNLWVA member
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This article first appeared on 702 : "Mugabe is too old to know what he is doing" ZNLWVA member