see url: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-42055726
And Mr. Mangawana should know...After all he used to be the security
minister...and he knows everything....:-).
Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party is set to begin impeachment proceedings against
President Robert Mugabe, on charges he "allowed his wife to usurp
The motion is now due to be moved in parliament on Tuesday.
Party member Paul Mangawana said the process could take as little as two days
to complete, and President Mugabe could be removed by Wednesday.
The announcement came after a Monday deadline for his resignation passed.
Grace Mugabe was seen as a potential successor to the ageing president before
the military intervention last week.
Zimbabwe's constitution allows for impeachment on grounds of "serious
misconduct", "violation" of the constitution or "failure to obey, uphold or
defend" it, or "incapacity".
Mr Mangawana said President Mugabe had also failed to implement the
constitution, and his advanced age meant he was no longer fit for office.
"He is a stubborn man, he can hear the voices of the people, but is refusing to
listen," he said.
* LIVE: Zimbabwe waits for
Impeachment proceedings are now expected to be launched on Tuesday, with votes
in both the National Assembly and the Senate.
Both chambers must then appoint a joint committee to investigate removing the
If the committee recommends impeachment, the president can then be removed if
both houses back it with two-thirds majorities.
"We are expecting the motion to be moved tomorrow, the committee to be set up
tomorrow, and hopefully by Wednesday - because the charges are so clear - we
expect that by Wednesday, we should be able to vote in parliament," Mr
"The main charge is that he has allowed his wife to usurp constitutional power
when she has no right to run government. But she is insulting civil servants,
the vice president, at public rallies. They are denigrating the army - those
are the charges," he said.
"He has refused to implement the constitution of Zimbabwe - particularly we had
elections for the provincial councils, but up to now they have not been put
"He is of advanced age, that he no longer has the physical capacity to run
government," he added.>>>End of quote.
They both have a lot to answer for...And impeachment under the Zimbabwe
constitution is not quite so easy as is being suggested...
I was listening to BBC Today programme on Radio 4 this morning. And, much to
my surprise, even my amazement, nay shock, the interviewer was discussing,
quite openly, with a government spokesman, how the UK could influence getting
rid of Mugabe and determining who, in the UK's best interests should replace
him. And there was I, thinking that the UK, being a democratic country
didn't involve itself with elections or the politics in other nations and
countries. How could I be so wrong!!! I am just too trusting of our
government, so gullible...:-) A sucker for a story...