Mugabe has just hours to quit before he is impeached

Zimbabwe ex-VP urges Mugabe to resign

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe

Thousands of giddy Zimbabweans have poured in the streets to demand his departure, exhausted of a collapsing economy that once was one of Africa's strongest. Mugabe had two vice presidents, but at the moment there is only one, Phelekezela Mphoko. Shrewd and ruthless, he managed to stay in power despite advancing age, growing opposition, global sanctions and the dissolving economy of a once-prosperous African nation.

The 93-year-old, who has been in charge in Zimbabwe for 37 years, is defying the overwhelming will of the people, the military and the political party he set up, by ignoring calls to stand down.

The military says new developments include "contact" between Mugabe and his possible successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

November 17: The army, which continues to refer to Mugabe as president, allows him to make his first public appearance since house arrest. It also expels his wife Grace and names ousted VP Mnangagwa as the new party chief.

Lastly, if the military was motivated by the patriotic duty to return the country to normalcy, then there must be a call for an all-stakeholders' meeting to craft a way forward without any further delay.

Parliament is expected to vote on impeachment proceedings on Tuesday and the ruling Zanu-PF party released details of its proposed motion against Mugabe.

Zanu-PF reinstated and elevated Mnangagwa - the man tipped to succeed Mugabe - as the party's first secretary, the position Mugabe held.

Senior party members have confirmed that an impeachment process is likely to start on Tuesday, when parliament resumes.

Protesters calling for Robert Mugabe to step down cheer in front of a military vehicle in Harare on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Zimbabweans are still reeling from Mugabe's refusal to resign of his own accord and want him out whatever it takes.

War veterans and opposition leaders are expected to lead demonstrations in an attempt to pressure Mugabe to resign.

Mnangagwa's reinstatement paves the way for a takeover as either the country's interim president once parliament impeaches Mugabe.

Zimbabwe's war veterans' association leader Chris Mutsvangwa said the military should step back and let the people, and politics, remove longtime President from power and warned of protests taking place. "The whole party is going to support the cause", Matuke said.

Although the army took over government last week on Wednesday, they have not declared the action as a coup but a move meant to sniff out criminal elements surrounding Mugabe. Once ever-present at her husband's side at public events, she has not been seen in days.

The embattled leader surprised Zimbabweans on Sunday, declaring on TV that he planned to remain as President. Mnangagwa flees the country.

Their joy quickly turned to despair as Mugabe brushed aside the turmoil, blithely declaring on Sunday he would chair a top-level meeting of the party that had just disavowed him. A spokesperson said the group will not be associated with "such unruly and cunning behaviour".

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