The Moment of Mugabe’s Resignation-Big Party in Zimbabwe
The moment of Mugabe’s resignation: big party in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is celebrating now that President Mugabe has announced his resignation. The people took an advance last week on the departure of the man who was at the helm for 37 years. Only now is it a party: honking cars and exuberant people with flags dominate the streets in the capital Harare.
Some people keep posters in the air with the illustrations of army leader Constantino Chiwenga and ex-vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mnangagwa was set aside by Mugabe two weeks ago. But it looked like he was pulling strings behind the scenes last week.
Mugabe announced his resignation at a quarter to six (local time). In a letter, he writes: “I have voluntarily taken my decision to abdicate and come out of my concern for the good of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire for a smooth, non-violent transfer of power.”
The letter was read in parliament, after which members of parliament burst out in cheers and applause.