- Zuma's planned trip to Zimbabwe today has been postponed until further notice
- This was announced after Mugabe's 'voluntary' resignation yesterday
- Emmerson Mnangagwa has been named as the most likely to be the next head of state of Zimbabwe
President Jacob Zuma’s Zimbabwe trip has been cancelled until ‘further notice’.
The presidency released a statement saying that JZ will no longer be travelling to Harare, Zimbabwe on the 22nd of November.
“The SADC Organ Troika Plus SADC Chairperson Summit that met in Angola [on Tuesday] 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.”
Zimbawean President Robert Mugabe however resigned as head of state yesterday.
93-year-old Mugabe, who has taken over every piece of Zimbabwean public life for decades, ended his tenure at a special joint session of parliament. MP’s had assembled here to impeach the president.
Emmerson Mnangagwa, who Mugabe fired as deputy president earlier this month, will be the most be most likely to replace Mugabe as head of state.
It was Mugabe’s move of firing Mnangagwa that initiated the coup non-coup of the army chiefs.
While performing as a key ally for Mugabe, Mnangagwa was also the main rival of Grace Mugabe. The two were in a bitter succession battle that only recently made public knowledge.
Parliamentary speaker, Jacob Mudenda, read out Mugabe’s resignation letter.
It read: “I, Robert Gabriel Mugabe... hereby formally tender my resignation... with immediate effect.”
Briefly.co.za learned from TimesLive that Mugabe made it clear his resignation was ‘voluntary’ and that he spoke of his concern for the welfare of his people and his ‘desire to ensure a smooth, peaceful and non-violent transfer of power’.
Mugabe’s resignation follows only a week after the military took control and thousands of Zimbabweans flooded the streets in protest against him.
Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980, but his initiative to place Grace as his successor, prompted an immediate intervention from the military.
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