Zimbabwean churches urge parliament to have Mugabe impeached

2016-10-01 09:42
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Harare – Zimbabwean churches have reportedly urged parliament to initiate a process to impeach President Robert Mugabe, 92, alleging that he has failed to fulfill his "constitutional mandate".

According to New Zimbabwe, the churches wanted Mugabe to step down, saying that he was showing "signs of fatigue, old age and health problems".

In a strong worded letter written to parliament the defiant church leaders claimed that the national assembly and the Senate had sufficient reasons to get rid of the nonagenarian as he  had failed to uphold the constitution.

Amongst the church leaders who wrote to the country's national assembly were Ancelimo Magaya and the heads of four other smaller Christian groups, including the Zimbabwe Christian Alliance and the Zimbabwe Pastors' Fellowship

The church leaders cited section 97 of the southern African country's statutes, which stated that a president could be impeached if he was involved in "serious misconduct ; fails to obey, uphold or defend the constitution, willful violation of this constitution, or inability to perform the functions of the office because of physical or mental incapacity".

They said they believed that the veteran politician should be impeached on the bases of section 97(b-d).

The churches early this week issued Mugabe with a September 28 ultimatum, warning him to "stop terrorising protesters or face impeachment. 

Mugabe's government has attempted to stamp out a growing wave of on-and now off-line protests that began in April with frustrated social media posts by #ThisFlag pastor Evan Mawarire. He is now in exile.

But activists and now church leaders have taken up Mawarire's baton, finding ways round a police ban on demonstrations in central Harare and most recently, an attempt to limit the use of the national flag as a symbol of opposition to Mugabe

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