After holding the nation at ransom for more than a week, Zimbabwe’s long-serving president Robert Mugabe has Resigned.
Mugabe had ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, and before that, he had led his ZANU party in a guerrilla war against white minority rule.
According to Former opposition Movement for Democratic change MP David Coltart, the debate to impeach Mugabe had started in Parliament, and MDC MP Priscilla Mishairabwi Mushongwa was in the midst of her speech when the Speaker interrupted her to advise that he had received a letter from President Mugabe”
Coltart says that the Speaker Jacob Mudenda took a few minutes to read the letter and then read it out to Parliament, announcing that Mugabe had resigned in terms of section 96 of the Constitution.
However, Coltart warns that it is not yet over ”This is a good day – but as we celebrate this evening I am reminded of all those who have sacrificed their lives to see the end of this tyrant. I am also reminded that we have removed a tyrant but not a tyranny”
Mugabe’s rule started crambling when he fired his most loyal point man and Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, in an attempt to clear the path for his wife Grace Mugabe to succeed him as President of Zimbabwe.
A week after firing Mnangagwa, Mugabe was put under house arrest by the Zimbabwe Defense forces led by General Constantino Chiwenga, and there have been ongoing discussions to ease him out of office since then.
Also arrested by the army, were Mugabe’s wife Grace and her Key allies.
Mugabe will be remembered as one of the most renown and loved freedom fighters across Africa whose legacy at one point stood as high as Nelson Mandela’s.
Critics argue that the 93-year-old president destroyed his legacy in the later years of his presidency by holding onto power through the crudest means, and turning one of Africa’s richest countries into an impoverished third world country.