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Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Grace Mugabe ‘supported her ageing husband’s decision to resign’, say...

Former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe supported her ageing husband’s “decision to resign”, Robert Mugabe’s former spokesperson George Charamba has reportedly revealed.

Reports indicated that Grace had previously held her own presidential ambitions, as she reportedly led a campaign to get the then vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa out.

She was a key figure of the G40 faction that, until November 15, had the upper hand within the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Grace reportedly looked certain to become one of the country’s two vice presidents following the sacking on November 6 of then vice president Mnangagwa, who led a rival faction.

But, according to Charamba, Grace was behind her husband’s decision to resign after the military took over control in November, reported Daily News on Sunday.

“Even the first lady (Grace Mugabe) was behind Mugabe’s decision to resign,” Charamba was quoted as saying.

Charamba said that Mugabe himself had wanted to leave office in his own terms but “they were a number of scenarios at play including marchers coming to force the veteran leader out of power”, said Charamba.

He said that the last days of Mugabe’s presidency were very painful as loyalties to the nonagenarian had shifted.

Charamba said he had to remind the 93-year-old that there were “other dimensions” threatening his hold on power, including the peaceful protests that saw tens of thousands of Zimbabweans pour out onto the streets of Harare in support of the army.

“I said shefu (leader), you are concentrating on one dimension; there are others which are there which indicated harm to your well-being,” Charamba quotes himself as telling Mugabe.

Eventually Mugabe handed in his resignation on November 21. This put a stop to the impeachment process, and triggered street celebrations that went on through the night.

Mugabe has since been assured of his safety by the new government of Mnangagwa and awarded a generous retirement package.



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Wed, 22 Nov 2017
WATCH – Elated crowds flood Harare streets as Robert Mugabe steps down...

The streets of Harare erupted in wild celebration on Tuesday evening with the news that 93-year-old Robert Mugabe has resigned as head of state after 37 years in power.


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Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Zuma no longer going to Zimbabwe

President Jacob Zuma will no longer be travelling to Zimbabwe on Wednesday, in the wake of the resignation of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.

“President Jacob Zuma will no longer travel to Harare in the Republic of Zimbabwe… on Wednesday 22 November 2017,” the Presidency said in a statement.

“The SADC Organ Troika Plus SADC Chairperson Summit that met in Angola today [Tuesday], 21 November 2017, had taken a decision that the SADC Chairperson, President Zuma and the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, President Joao Lourenco of Angola should travel to Zimbabwe to assess the situation on behalf of SADC.

“The visit has now been postponed until further notice.”

On Tuesday, Mugabe resigned as president with immediate effect after 37 years in power, shortly after parliament began impeachment proceedings against him.

Zimbabweans celebrated outside the parliament building after hearing the news.

Hooters blared and large crowds ran through the streets of Harare.

Buses were loaded with people who celebrated and danced on top of the vehicles.

News24 earlier reported that people made their way over to soldiers, hugging them and thanking them for their role in removing Mugabe.

“Soldier, soldier, soldier,” they chanted whenever an army vehicle drove pass.

By 22:00, cars were still racing along Samora Machel Avenue.

Former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa is set to arrive in the country later on Wednesday and is likely to be sworn-in as president.


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