Overwhelming support for Mugabe impeachment - Zanu PF chief whip

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Zimbabweans were astonished that Mugabe, flanked by the military, in a national address Sunday night did not announce his resignation.

They expected him to resign within hours.

Correspondent Rashweat Mukundu said Mr Mugabe wants to leave on his own terms, but if proceedings are launched, they'll be fraught and long winded.

Zimbabwe's military chief Constantino Chiwenga says a roadmap has been agreed with deposed president Robert Mugabe.

According to News24, the University of Zimbabwe sent a text message to students on Wednesday saying exams would be deferred until further notice. If you find them guilty of that thing that you have accused them of, you then dismiss them from being president.You can't do it in one day, or in a few minutes or whatever.

"They will start impeaching him (Tuesday), that is certainly the will of the military, but it's increasingly now the will of the people", Vandome told AFP.

First, the Senate and National Assembly must hold a joint sitting, and by simple majority vote decide if the president should be removed.

Zimbabwe's constitution provides four grounds for impeaching a president or vice president: serious misconduct; failure to obey, uphold or defend the constitution; willful violation of the constitution; or inability to perform the functions of the office because of physical or mental incapacity.

The special Central Committee meeting was attended by at least 201 out of 300 members to rubberstamp recommendations by 10 provincial branches to recall President Robert Mugabe from his position both in the party and government.

He said the president had "allowed his wife to usurp constitutional power when she has no right to run government".

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But it's not clear how long it will take. In fact, they don't deal with impeachment at all.

"Your time is up", said war veterans' leader Chris Mutsvangwa.

Some ruling party members say an impeachment process likely wouldn't lead to Mugabe's immediate resignation and could take days to complete. And it takes time to schedule the joint sessions and name the investigative committee.

The impeachment is not the only plan of action set for Tuesday, to force Mugabe to step down.

"The deep state that engineered this change of leadership will remain, thwarting any real democratic reform", said Miles Tendi, a Zimbabwean academic at Oxford University.

Zimbabwe's army commander on Monday threatened to "step in" after Mugabe fired Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and the next day he did.

An ultimatum from his Zanu-PF party to resign by midday or face impeachment, came and went with no word from President Mugabe.

What's more, legal experts note, if Mphoko resigns or is otherwise ousted, then there is no vice president, and only a president can appoint a new vice president.

November 16: State-run media publish extraordinary photos of a smiling Mugabe shaking hands with the army commander at the State House amid negotiations on the president's exit as the military tries to avoid accusations of a coup.

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