‘ Zimbabwe has more plot twists than Game of Thrones’
One twitter user @curatezim tweeted that “Zimbabwe has more plot twists than Game of Thrones”.
This is his response to the news that President Robert Mugabe has refused to resign after his party, Zimbabwe African National Union Progressive Front (ZANU-PF), demanded him to resign.
The party today sack Mugabe as its leader and named the ousted Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa in his stead. The youth-wing of the party which was the support-base of Mugabe has also asked him to resign.
But in his televised address to the nation this evening, Mugabe has insisted that he is still the country’s president despite the pressure for him to step down.
Mugabe said he would preside over the ruling party’s congress coming up in a few weeks.
On Saturday, tens of thousands of protesters celebrated “the fall of Mugabe” and flooded Zimbabwe’s streets, chanting victory songs over “the crumbling of Mugabe’s ruthless regime” which had controlled the country for nearly 40 years.
Mugabe is gradually finding his voice gain. He is insisting that he is the only legitimate leader of Zimbabwe.
On Friday, the 93-year old ruler, who has stayed 37 years in power defiantly disagreed with the ‘coupists’ calls that he should step down. Instead, he appeared in a public function where he was the one that officially handed a university degree to the wife of the chief of the army, Mrs. Constantino Chiwenga.
“Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace are ready to die for what is correct and have no intention of stepping down in order to legitimise this week’s military coup”, his nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, told Reuters on Saturday.
Speaking to Reuters from a secret location in South Africa, Zhuwao said Mugabe had hardly slept since the military seized power on Wednesday but his health was otherwise “good”.
Yesterday, Zimbabweans resorted to prayers. Although everywhere seems calm and people go about their normal businesses in Harare, there is silent anxiety about the way forward.
Zimbabwean human rights lawyer, Dough Coltart had asked citizens to prepare and pray to God to restore peace in the land.