Mugabe impeachment proceedings to begin

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe looks on during a rally marking Zimbabwe's 32nd independence anniversary celebrations in Harare April 18, 2012.REUTERS/Stringer (ZIMBABWE - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY) - RTR30W6H

HARARE – The Zimbabwean parliament says it is ready to begin impeachment proceedings against defiant President Robert Mugabe who has failed to respect the deadline given to him to resign as head of state.

Mugabe, who was axed as head of Zanu-PF party shocked all Zimbabweans and the whole world at large as he refused to resign as president of the country when addressing the nation on Sunday evening.

He also defied the ruling by party leaders who removed him as head of the party, saying he will preside over the next coming Zanu-PF congress to be held in December.

War veterans have called all Zimbabweans to take back to the streets again on Tuesday, and force the only president that has ruled the country since independence in 1980 to relinquish power.

Zanu-PF deputy Legal Secretary Paul Mangwana said party MPs are set to meet today as impeachment proceedings begin; adding that he hopes the president could be removed from power by Thursday.

“We’ve had to engage our colleagues in the MDC (and) the other parties which are in parliament. And coming from discussions with honourable Manzora, he has agreed to give us 71 votes from the MDC and we are also requesting professor Ncube to give us two more votes. Once we get those 73 we now need 127 votes from Zanu-PF in order to achieve the two-thirds majority.”

Students from the University of Zimbabwe have also threatened to shutdown the institution until Mugabe has been removed from power.

Mugabe has also called a cabinet meeting today where he is expected to meet army generals and other officials in parliament.

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