Thousands of Zimbabweans took to the streets of Harare in a jubilant mood minutes after the embattled president issued a letter stating his intention to resign from office.
Mugabe’s resignation was made known just minutes after members of the Zimbabwean parliament were starting an impeachment process against him. His resignation was thus announced by the speaker of parliament, Jacob Mudenda, who is currently the acting president of the country.
But reacting to the historic development, president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, stated that the purpose of Mugabe’s resignation could be replaced should a peaceful resolution not be reached.
Speaking at a lecture series in the United Kingdom, Nana Addo revealed that the fortunes of Zimbabwe are bound to improve if peace prevails in the coming weeks. Etvghana.com reported on how the incumbent party of Zimbabwe, Zanu-PF, sacked Robert Mugabe as leader of the party after an emergency vote of no confidence by aggrieved party officials. Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, disappointed millions of Zimbabweans over the weekend when a national address expected to see him resign turned out in the opposite.
Mugabe in the crucial address rather called for unity and ” a fighting spirit.” Robert Mugabe was the second president of Zimbabwe from 1987 to 2017. Earlier, he led Zimbabwe as Prime Minister from 1980 to 1987 and also chaired the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) group from 1975 to 1980, leading it until recently.
Mugabe has steered the affairs of Zimbabwe’s politics for over 40 years. His controversial figure and divisive political ideologies have seen him fiercely criticized as he has been blamed for economic mismanagement, widespread corruption, anti-white racial discrimination, human rights abuses, suppression of political critics, and crimes against humanity.