Faced with impeachment, Mugabe agrees to terms of resignation: report
ALEXANDER JOE (AFP/Archives)
Embattled Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has reportedly agreed to cede power after being faced with an ultimatum to either step down by noon Monday or face impeachment.
A CNN report on Monday cited an official source with direct knowledge of the negotiations as saying that generals, who broke Mugabe's grip on power last week with a military takeover, gave into many of the 93-year-old's demands including full immunity for himself and his wife, Grace.
A letter outlining the terms of his resignation has been drafted, the source told CNN.
Mugabe appeared to be clinging to the presidency, however, as he delivered a defiant address over national television insisting he still holds power despite the military takeover and mounting pressure for his autocratic 37-year rule to end.
He said the military's operation "did not amount to a threat to our well-cherished constitutional order, nor was it a challenge to my authority as head of state and government."
"Whatever the pros and cons of how they (the army) went about their operation, I, as commander-in-chief, do acknowledge their concerns," said Mugabe.
The official source told CNN on Monday that the aim of the address had been to get Mugabe to declare the military's actions constitutional.
Sources suggested that Mugabe has been battling to delay to his exit and to secure a deal guaranteeing future protection for him and his family.
On Sunday, sources told news agencies that he had agreed to fall on his sword after Mugabe's own party threw him out and threatened to impeach him if he did not resign by midday Monday.
Ex-vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose sacking by Mugabe two weeks earlier triggered the military takeover, has been appointed the new party leader and will run as the party's presidential candidate in polls slated for 2018.
On Saturday, tens of thousands of overjoyed protesters flooded the streets of Zimbabwe in peaceful celebrations marking the apparent end of his long and authoritarian rule.
In scenes of public euphoria not seen since Zimbabwe's independence in 1980, huge crowds marched and sang their way through Harare and other cities.
Such open dissent would have just a week ago would have been routinely crushed by security forces.
The majority of Zimbabweans have only known life under Mugabe's rule, which has been defined by violent suppression, economic collapse and international isolation.
(Staff with agencies)
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If the on who has been president for 37 years has nothing say any more, may he leave the Power and set free Zimbabwean People.
If the on who has been president for 37 years has nothing to say any more, may he leave the Power and set free Zimbabwean People.