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"Mugabe Was Scheduled To Retire In December 2017" - Mawarire

National Patriotic Front (NPF) party spokesperson, Jealousy Mawarire has claimed that the late former President Robert Mugabe was scheduled to retire in December 2017.

Mawarire, a journalist and the executive director and founding trustee for the Centre for Elections and Democracy in Southern Africa (CEDSA) says the march against Mugabe in 2017 was not about him overstaying in power.

He said it was meant to secure a future for then Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga who was a military commander. He said:

Mugabe was going in 8 months, what was the reason for plunging a country into a coup against a leader retiring in 8 months? The coup was NEVER about Mugabe going, it was about who was to replace him, simple. Anyone who thinks it was about RGM going is the one “stupid”. He had called for an extraordinary congress in December 2017 to choose his successor who was to be the Zanu-PF presidential candidate in 2018. Mugabe preferred Sydney Sekeramayi, which would have knocked out both Gen Chiwenga & ED.

He added that Mugabe had called for an extraordinary congress in December 2017 where he was going to retire.

Mugabe resigned, allegedly under duress, on 21 November 2017 after leading the southern African country since the attainment of independence in 1980. In a resignation letter read by the speaker of the National Assembly, Jacob Mudenda, Mugabe said:

My decision to resign is voluntary on my part and arises from my concern for the welfare of people in Zimbabwe and my desires to see a smooth, peaceful and non-violent transfer of power.

Kindly give public notice of my resignation as soon as possible as required by the constitution.

Yours faithfully, Mugabe.

During his 37-year rule, Zimbabwe had mixed fortunes.

The nation benefited from his socialist policies but corruption by some of his cabinet ministers resulted in the collapse of the economy. 

As the economy continued on the decline path, the citizenry grew impatient and demanded his departure, something he and the ruling ZANU PF opposed for years.

In 2017, members of the public marched in the streets of Harare following the army’s “Operation Restore Legacy” which was allegedly meant to remove corrupt individuals “surrounding the president.”

Analysing some of the placards and posters that were being carried by protesters, Mawarire says it was clear that the citizenry “marched to remove Mugabe and install ED.”

Mnangagwa who had been fired as VP was in exile when the march happened. He came after Mugabe’s resignation and assumed the presidency in ZANU PF and also replaced Mugabe as president on an interim basis until the July 2018 elections.

Mawarire’s remarks come at the backdrop of a court case filed by Sybeth Musengezi who is challenging Mnangagwa’s ascendancy to power. He said it was unconstitutional.

Musengezi also wants the courts to block Mnangagwa from calling and presiding over the ZANU PF elective congress set for next month.

He also says Mnangagwa, at 80 years, is too old to lead the country.

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20 Comments

ZimCitizen 4 months ago

Who cares?


Dubs 4 months ago

Good riddance


MuPfungwe Chaiye 4 months ago

Saka iwe ukuzama kuti takamhanya here?


kkk 4 months ago

it's obvious kkkk,@mupfungwe from pfungw area or else

MuPfungwe Chaiye 4 months ago

@kkk yeah ndokwandinobva kupasi kumauyu uko. KuPfungwe.

👆 4 months ago

umm ⁉️, nyaya dzacho dzine nyaya


xyz 4 months ago

@80, mental faculties/capacity has deteriorated, isn't it wise Zimboz that an age limit be put in place for those aspiring for public office.?????I think it makes sense for a 45yrs old man to carry an 80 year old man than vice versa.


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Misinformed 4 months ago

Mugabe was not going to retire, he was going to lose the election in 2018 that's why the coup.


Seh Calaz @mabhanditi 4 months ago

He was overdue dai akatosiya kuma 90s chaiko


Y oh 4 months ago

Remember there were 2 warring factions in Zanupf, and more prominent in that the misguided influence of Grace Mugabe, there were G-40 elements; high profile culprits who were a thread to Mnangagwa's Lacoste...all these needed doing away with. It then became important to get the citizens to rally behind the coup, and to secure some form of legitimacy by discrediting the whole G-40 cabal.


JM 4 months ago

Jealousy Mawarire is just jealous


dadza 4 months ago

@mabhanditi ķ


Unlawful doing 4 months ago

Mmmm treasonous escapades ligitimized


kk 4 months ago

if the country was going in the hands of G40 aaah panga pkaip those guys are very corrupt...

Zuze 4 months ago

Pindula, Caption Picture iyo bhooo here?

Pindula, I surrender 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾


sir African 4 months ago

Grace had said he was going to rule from Hures acre so he was not going to retire.It kwazvo jerasi


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 4 months ago

If indeed it is true that RGM had indicated that he was going to retire at the extra ordinary Congress which had been scheduled for the month of December 2017, the coup de tat was executed to impose a choice from the army.

At some fora, the late RGM had indicated that the crop of Vice Presidents he had no intellectural capacities to run this country.

The two Vice Presidents were ED Mnangagwa and Perekezela Mpoko. RGM's choice was Doctor Sydney Sekeramai. If citizens examine the performance of our economy today, was the late RGM wrong in his assessment of the duo of the Vice Presidents ?

The Zimbabwe National Army under the command of General Chiwenga carried out the coup de tat to install their choice of ED Mnangagwa.

Citizens, especially those from the opposition participated in the coup de tat thinking that the one who was coming in was going to be better than the incumbent. What a big mistake they made !!!!!

[ I WANT TO CONCLUDE BY SAYING THAT ONE SHOULD GAUGE BY HIMSELF/HERSELF ].

[ CITIZENS MUST CORRECT THEIR MISTAKE BY VOTING FOR CCC POLITICAL PARTY FOR REAL CHANGE ].

Yours sincerely
William Sonboy CHINEMBIRI
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ].


Mafirakureva 4 months ago

@William your concluding sentence should read "What a big mistake WE made"


The King of Serpents 4 months ago

That's true. Even I celebrated when Mnangagwa became president. I hoped for a better future. But now ndaakuzvidemba. Mugabe was not a good guy but anga arinani.

Nimrod 4 months ago

Uuuuum. That's now academic. Retiring after making sure Grace was VP? It would have been worse. Let's not open old wounds. l don't support what the current rulers but having Grave as a VP would have been horrible



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