MP: Mugabe’s party to start impeachment process today

- Agence France-Presse, HARARE

Nov 21, 2017-Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party will launch the parliamentary process on Tuesday for impeaching President Robert Mugabe, a government lawmaker told AFP.

The decision on Monday came after Mugabe missed a deadline to resign given by his party over the weekend.

Once a simple majority of parliamentarians vote for impeachment, an investigative committee is formed by lawmakers, who report back to both houses of parliament. Each house must then vote by a two-thirds majority for him to be stripped of office.

“We are expecting the motion to be over [Tuesday],” said ZANU-PF lawmaker Paul Mangwana, referring to the initial procedure to launch impeachment proceedings. He added that ZANU-PF had approached the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change party to seek their cooperation to pass the necessary parliamentary votes.

In a televised address late Sunday, the 93-year-old veteran leader defied expectations he would quit, pitching the country into a second week of political crisis.

Published: 21-11-2017 07:25

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