Blaring car hooters and cheering people in Harare as Mugabe resigns

2017-11-21 21:39
People celebrate in the streets of Harare (News24)

People celebrate in the streets of Harare (News24)

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2017-11-21 19:52

Zimbabweans removed a portrait of Robert Mugabe at the Rainbow Towers hotel on Tuesday and stomped on it, as celebrations swept through Harare in the wake of Mugabe's resignation as head of state after 37 years in power. Watch. WATCH

Harare - Hooters blared and cheering crowds raced through the streets of the Zimbabwe's capital of Harare on Tuesday as news of President Robert Mugabe's resignation - after 37 years of power - spread.

The announcement came after days of building pressure on the 93-year-old authoritarian leader, who was feared by many of his citizens through his long and often repressive rule.

"We are just so happy that things are finally going to change," Togo Ndhlalambi, 32, a hairdresser, told AFP.

"We woke up every morning waiting for this day. This country has been through tough times."

After a week of political turmoil, Zimbabweans reacted with shock and unfettered joy.

"I am so happy that Mugabe is gone. Thirty-seven years under a dictatorship is not a joke," said Tinashe Chakanetsa, 18.

"I am hoping for a new Zimbabwe ruled by the people and not by one person.

"We need leaders who are selected by the people and not rulers. I am looking forward to getting a job after our economy recovers."

Massive crowds gathered within minutes of the shock announcement to parliament.

Men were breakdancing, women were singing and children were in tears, all brandishing national flags and praising General Constantino Chiwenga - the man who led the army takeover - as the news began to sink in.

"It's shocking. That guy is powerful, very powerful," said Barber Wright Chirombe, one of the many people who joined the euphoric street celebrations.

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