Zimbabwe has been rocked by seismic political waves which have put Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule under serious threat. In the midst of the political crisis, Robert Mugabe remains defiant and adamant, much to the disappointment of the citizens.
What originated as factional wars in a battle to succeed the nonagenarian leader have now turned into ugly scenes, that have seen the ruling party ZANU-PF disowning their veteran leader, Robert Mugabe. The military has been instrumental in all this, with their complicit hand contributing to Mugabe’s woes.
The military had to step in when their favourite candidate to succeed Robert Mugabe, former Vice-President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa was fired from both government and party.
Following a tense week in which Robert Mugabe was under house arrest, and in which state institutions such as the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation were now in the hands of the military, many had written off Robert Mugabe. People were ready to be thrust into a celebratory mood, to signal the removal of Mugabe.
It is clear the military generals, led by Commander of the Defence Forces, Constantine Chiwenga, no longer want the old leader in power. But they want to give him a dignified exit, with the profound respect they have for their leader, whom they have worked with for a very long time. This is why they made it clear that it was not a coup.
Saturday’s solidarity march seemed to have put the final touch to Mugabe’s rule. People gathered in Harare’s Central Business District, dancing, singing to the end of a 37-year misrule. The following day, ZANU-PF had recalled President Mugabe from his position as party leader and Grace Mugabe, along with many others like Jonathan Moyo and Saviour Kasukuwere were fired. Robert Mugabe was given a deadline to resign, by Monday midday or he would face impeachment proceedings.
That very same Sunday the hopes of Zimbabweans were raised high when it was announced Mugabe would deliver an address to the nation. To the astonishment, disappointment and dejection of Zimbabweans and many others across the world, Mugabe did not mention anything about resignation. It was a moment when every Zimbabwean had to contend with feeling deflated and disappointed.
The following Monday, students at the University of Zimbabwe led a huge protest at the institution citing the resignation of Robert Mugabe, Levi Nyagura (the Vice Chancellor) and that the doctorate given to Grace Mugabe in 2014 be revoked. This forced the University to cancel exams and order the closure of the school. The university made a U-Turn, following the announcement by Chiwenga that students, must continue with their education.
Meanwhile, Mugabe ignored the midday deadline, and ZANU-PF Members of Parliament together with those from the opposition moved a motion to impeach. Within a few hours, the mighty Robert Mugabe tendered in his resignation to Speaker of Parliament Advocate Jacob Mudenda. And so the 37 year rule had finally come to an end. People all over Zimbabwe went into celebratory moods, not believing such great news.
So much has happened in Zimbabwe. Talks, press conferences, etc.Many people did not have a clue of what was actually happening. But the historic Mugabe resignation has put all matters to an end. What Zimbabweans await now is the transition period, which they hope will be marked by economic recovery.
One thing is for certain: What A Time To Be Alive In Zimbabwe.