Zim opposition moves to have Mugabe ousted

2016-08-11 17:31
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

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Harare – Zimbabwe's main opposition the Movement for Democratic Change, led by Morgan Tsvangirai, has again tabled a motion of no confidence against President Robert Mugabe, the privately owned NewsDay reported on Thursday.

The plot to push Mugabe out of office was reportedly tabled by MDC-T Mabvuku-Tafara lawmaker James Maridadi in June.

However, the original papers for the impeachment "mysteriously disappeared in Parliament" and as a result the motion had to be relaunched on July 27.

According to New Zimbabwe, the opposition lawmaker has since accused national speaker Jacob Mudenda of trying to shield Mugabe from the impeachment.

In a letter dated July 27, Maridadi threatened to take legal action against Parliament if it failed to table the motion of no confidence before members of parliament.

Latest blow for Mugabe

"…seeing as the motion is time-bound and also realising that I initially submitted it at the beginning of June 2016, I wish to request a response on this resubmitted motion by close of business today, July 27, 2016, failure to which, I will assume that Parliament is not keen to have the motion tabled. This will leave me with no option, but to seek legal recourse,” parts of the letter reportedly said.  

The impeachment call was the latest blow for Mugabe who faced mounting criticism from outside and within his own Zanu-PF party. 

In recent months his former strong allies, the former freedom fighters, slammed the veteran leader, accusing him of "dictatorial tendencies" and  presiding over a declining economy.

The veterans of the country's 1970s liberation war, normally staunch allies of Mugabe, vowed they would not support him if he sought re-election in 2018.

The rebuke came just a month after the country came to an abrupt stand still as citizens organised a national "shutdown" strike that saw many businesses, shops, schools, public transport and some government departments and courts not operating.

Read more on:    mdc  |  morgan tsvangirai  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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