Zanu-PF wants Mugabe impeachment 'done and dusted by Thursday'

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Zimbabwe's ruling party has expelled members of what it called the "G40 cabal" amid its announcement to recall President Robert Mugabe and replaced him with sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Although the army was now in an invidious position - having to choose between "protecting him from the crowd" and responding to the people's will - he said he believed Zimbabwe's soldiers would not shoot their own people. He praised the military's operation, saying it had helped draw certain "issues" to his attention, but said that it did not "challenge my authority as head of state and government".

And, emboldened by his loosening grip on power after the military intervention, the Central Committee met on Sunday to decide the fate of President Mugabe, 93. It would all soon be over, he said.

"We will continue with the momentum to make sure Mugabe is history".

As he passed the 15-minute mark in his speech‚ Mugabe said: "The (Zanu-PF) congress is due in a few weeks from now".

In a statement early this morning from an undisclosed location, Mnangagwa also said he will not be returning to Zimbabwe because he feared for his life as he no longer trusted Mugabe. Mugabe. He has been our leader for a long time and we have learnt much from him.

But these considerations clash with the increasingly loud demands of many Zimbabweans.

In London, a spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May said Mugabe had clearly lost the support of his people.

Zimbabwe's generals urgently need a good lawyer, writes Michael Holman in London.

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The quick-tempered first lady, deeply unpopular among Zimbabweans for her lavish spending, did not accompany the president Friday and was not pictured in photographs of State House negotiations.

It said it was "encouraged by new developments" in discussions with the president, who has resisted calls to resign and now faces impeachment.

That is highly unlikely.

Zimbabwe's constitution provides four grounds for impeaching a president or vice president: serious misconduct; failure to obey, uphold or defend the constitution; willful violation of the constitution; or inability to perform the functions of the office because of physical or mental incapacity.

Impeachment would be an ignominious end to the career of the "Grand Old Man" of African politics, once lauded as an anti-colonial hero and the only leader Zimbabwe has known since it gained independence from Britain in 1980.

If the committee recommends impeachment, the president can then be removed if both houses back it with two-thirds majorities, according to section 97 of the constitution. "As a effect, the call by the MDC and its alliance partners for an all-inclusive process to take the country to legitimacy is the only way forward".

He adds that elections scheduled for next year should be internationally supervised as a way to ensure political legitimacy.

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