Mugabe Accused of Letting Wife 'Usurp Power'

The president of Zimbabwe is under attack from his own party
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2017 3:15 PM CST
Robert Mugabe's Own Party Close to Impeaching Him
Mugabe is seen during a speech Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017.   (AP Photo)

One day after embattled Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe shocked his countrymen by refusing to step down, his own party is getting ready to impeach him. A senior member of Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party says the motion to impeach the president will be presented to parliament on Tuesday and that Mugabe could be removed from power as early as Wednesday, the BBC reports. The main charge? That Mugabe allowed his wife, Grace, to "usurp constitutional power" when he fired his vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, two weeks ago, a move seen by many as an attempt to position his wife to be the next president. The military seized Mugabe last week and has been holding him under house arrest ever since, though it insists the action isn't a coup. On Sunday, ZANU-PF leaders told Mugabe to resign or face impeachment.

In addition to the charges related to his wife, Mugabe's critics in the parliament say he deserves to be impeached for refusing to "implement the constitution" and for being a "stubborn man" of "advanced age" who refuses to listen to the "voices of his people." CNN reports that Mnangagwa, who has been out of the country since being ousted by Mugabe, will return to Zimbabwe soon to meet with the president. The former vice president is seen as the likeliest candidate to replace Mugabe. According to a source, the military has agreed to Mugabe's demands for full immunity for himself and his wife. Mugabe has been the president of Zimbabwe for 37 years and had sworn to serve until his death. (More Robert Mugabe stories.)

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