President Mugabe has finally succumbed to the intense pressure for him to retire. The resignation has been taken quite well by a large number of Zimbabweans, most of whom celebrated late into the night. The leader has clung to power for about four decades and at some point in time he said that only God had the powers unseat him.
Quite a significant number of citizens thought that he would put up the fight to the last minute. On the contrary, the shocker resignation came in the form of a letter which was read out by the speaker of parliament.
Mr Mugabe in the letter said that his decision was voluntary and that he took it upon himself to oversee a peaceful transfer of power. On Tuesday, there was an ongoing impeachment hearing against the leader but that has been halted after the announcement was made.
Lawmakers from the ruling party as well as those in the opposition couldn’t hide their joy with the recent development in the country. People have moved out into the streets and they are in a celebration mood, dancing and waving flags.
Julian Mtukudzi opined, “I’m so happy, wonderful, feeling so much excited, this is the greatest moment for our country. We have been having sleepless nights hoping and waiting and we are so happy. It’s over and it’s done.”
Activist and political candidate Vimbaishe Musvaburi while speaking to BBC in a recent interview broke down in tears of joy. He proceeded to say that it had been a long and tiresome journey living under the leadership of dictatorial Mugabe. He said that all the citizens in the country were happy about his decision and were optimistic of great days ahead.
Vimbaishe Musvaburi sees it as a new dawn for Zimbabwe as they look forward to rebuilding their economy. The ruling Zanu-PF party in a recent statement outlined that it believed in the leadership of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa. It asserted that he was most probably going to be the one succeeding Mugabe.