Mugabe transmitted a letter containing his decision to resign to the country;s parliament
– The letter got to the parliament just as the lawmakers were set to commence impeachment proceedings against him
President Robert Mugabe finally succumbed to pressure to relinquish power on Tuesday, November 21 with a letter to Zimbabwe’s parliament.
His resignation has been greeted with wild jubilation across the entire country with many saying they are now free from his 37-year hold on to power and alleged dictatorship.
According to Aljazeera, the letter from the 93-year-old Mugabe came just when the country’s parliament initiated impeachment proceedings against him.
Read the full letter dated November 21, 2017, and addressed to Honourable Jacob Mudenda, the speaker.
Notice of resignation as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe
In terms of the provisions of section 96 (1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe, amendment number 20, 2013.
Following my verbal communication with the Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda at 13:53 hours, 21st November, 2017 intimating my intention to resign as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, I, Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 (1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe with immediate effect.
My decision to resign is voluntary on my part and arises from my concern for the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire to ensure a smooth, peaceful and non-violent transfer of power that underpins national security, peace and stability.
Kindly give public notice of my resignation as soon as possible as required by section 96 (1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe.
Robert Gabriel Mugabe President of the Republic of Zimbabwe.
As reported earlier that
Emmerson Mnangagwa , a former Zimbabwean vice president, who was sacked by Robert Mugabe, would be sworn in on Wednesday, November 22, or Thursday, November 23, media reports say.
ZANU-PF legal secretary, Patrick Chinamasa told Reuters, after the resignation of Robert Mugabe, that Mnangagwa will be sworn in as president.