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Zimbabwe's members of parliament celebrate after Robert Mugabe's resignation on Nov. 21 in Harare

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe resigns, ending four decades of rule

HARARE, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president on Tuesday a week after the army and his former political allies moved against him, ending four decades of rule by a man who turned from independence hero to archetypal African strongman.

The 93-year-old had clung on for a week after an army takeover and expulsion from his own ruling ZANU-PF party, but resigned shortly after parliament began an impeachment process seen as the only legal way to force him out.

Wild celebrations broke out at a joint sitting of parliament when Speaker Jacob Mudenda announced Mugabe’s resignation and suspended the impeachment procedure.

People danced and car horns blared on the streets of Harare at news that the era of Mugabe – who has led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 – was finally over.

Some people held posters of Zimbabwean army chief General Constantino Chiwenga and former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose sacking this month triggered the military takeover that forced Mugabe to resign.

Mugabe is the only leader Zimbabwe has known since a guerrilla struggle ended white-minority rule in the former Rhodesia.

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22 comments

  1. Good move, hope he secured a good retirement.

    Let Zims not be that full of euphoria tho, wait and see the clear difference between old and old-new first…

    • Typical pays man response according to you popol should stay there forever since there is no diference between old and new why don’t you go married Brendos and join the clan and why you are it please take that dodge bag mbappe with you.

    • Vaiocomputers

      It does not matter.Two personalities are never the same even from the same system.Just like..two twins are never the same even from the same womb.So,you utterance is STUPID AND VERY NAIVE german mumu

      • Hummm, Vaiocomputers!

        Who dong promote you for moderator for write-ups?

        Mek le sharp turn-turn reach quick daso, pipol dem di wait for read their newspaper…

  2. HouseKeeper!

    It had to happen, one way or the other. A warrior who took on Ian Smith and the Brits but failed to make things better for his compatriots. At almost 94, the insatiable quest for power lingered & even in death this man wished to keep his legacy going with a wife whom he adulterated & bore children even when both of them were married to different spouses.
    The Lancaster Land agreement was forced by the Brits and land redistribution to rightful owners was a good thing but came only after the Africans opposed him. He was an anti-colonial warrior but also a bad manager. The same is true for Biya & was true for Mobutu, who was deceived by western imperialists into taking an anti-communist stance but who was quickly abandoned after the fall of Soviet Union. Mobutu was ousted & died in Morocco.

  3. Amour Afrika

    witchcraft is when you are praying for # +237 and your prayers are answered in # ZimbaBwe instead.
    O Lord…. I once more cry you Make what happened in Zim to follow suit in my backyard.. AMEN

    • Vaiocomputers

      Nevermind Brother.You just need to redial # +237.The network was not available the time u dialed.Remember no one..even you saw this coming.It will come to Cameroon.It is building up..trust me

  4. Behind every successful man is his woman (Sally Hayfron). Behind the FALL of a successful man is usually another woman (Grace Mugabe)! All this comes down to one personality: Grace Mugabe! Ghetto, selfish, disrespectful with ill-minded ambitions without required competence. This should serve as a warning to all men who let a woman control their mind to the point they change and become real P….s!

  5. The Zimbabwean military has proved that guns are not always the best answer.

    • Vaiocomputers

      I agree Sir.Biya just got promoted into second position in Africa.With Eduardo Dos Santos and Mugabe gone,i will advise him to resolve the anglophone crises very fast before the southern light from Angola and Zimbabwe is turn on him

    • @JD You make it sound like the Zimbabwean catholic church or Tsvangirai’s party could have unseated Mugabe in this same manner. It IS the threat of using the GUN that caused Mugabe’s resignation. No other unarmed group could have caused this. You cant say “military” without the insinuation of guns. The army did not USE guns but it IS the threat of USING guns that caused Mugabe to step down. Meaning, guns brought Mugabe down. So, in Mugabe’s case, the gun was the best answer.

  6. This is civility and patriotism at its finest. The world has a lot to learn from such a peaceful power transition. Unfortunately, there are lots of hypocrites who would have love to see fighting broke out so that they could step in as peace makers and secure access to Zim diamonds and arable acres of land. Other loud-mouth hypocrites are quick to warn Zimbabweans as their bench mark remains Libya post Ghadaffi. For such rotting minds, the King of Etoudi should continue reigning with his tribal iron fist because there is no other option even without giving it a try. Sad. Well done General Chiwenga! You and your men have thought the world a lesson unprecedented. The party is bigger than any individual when its decisions are weighed on the scale of judicial balance. Time for an inclusive govt

  7. I guess, that the Zimbabwe military, is made up of intellectuals. Drunkards and rapists,
    can be seen brutalizing and killing innocent citizens.

    • Vaiocomputers

      It is one of the most educated country south of the sahara.In Cameroon,we dont have soldiers.We have but some uneducated alcholics in military fatigues

  8. Yes, V. I remember back in the day, when Ahidjo started constituting his military.
    If one looked tall, had muscles and could run, his name would feature in list A.
    This is how many of them started and longivity in service, has placed them where we
    know today and they are regarded as wonderful.

  9. Korup Forest

    Good news, but will it be better now? Of coarse not, another dictator who loves money and power will take over. Thats Africa! Same with Ambazonia. Would it be better than Cameroon? No, the president will also turn into a dictator after a couple of years.

    • @John Dhont aka Korup forest,

      you are one of those pimps that have been praying for anarchy to reign so that your kind can step in as saviors. Senegal, Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, Malawi, Nigeria, Benin are examples of countries where power transition has been peaceful. They are also in Africa. Any country that has been touched by your corrupt French/Belgian crockery switched from paying allegiance to their people to Mulier/Leopold. But get a grip, this very generation will kick you crooked French/Belgian pimps out of Africa. See the mess your kind has transformed Congo into. You should be ashamed of your self.

  10. Ambozonian from LRC

    My friends , let me tell you there will be the same euphoria all over in Cameroon, the day that Ayuk Sessekou Tabe, interim president of the ghost federal republic of Zombizonia, will be caught. and send to the SED.
    Amba from LRC

  11. Biya Paul, tomorrow will be your turn. Time will tell. Rule for 60 more years.