Thursday 19 September 2019

Impeachment proceedings against Robert Mugabe set to begin

Zimbabweans celebrate the resignation in the streets of Harare (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP)
Zimbabweans celebrate the resignation in the streets of Harare (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP)

Zimbabwe's ruling party is set to begin impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe.

A party official, meanwhile, says government ministers have been instructed to boycott a cabinet meeting called by the president.

Ruling party chief whip Lovemore Matuke said minutes before the cabinet meeting was expected to start that ministers have been told to instead attend a meeting at party headquarters to work on the impeachment.

Parliament resumes on Tuesday.

Mr Mugabe's chief secretary on Monday summoned ministers to the cabinet meeting at State House, the president's official residence.

Mr Mugabe is finding himself increasingly isolated.

The military on Monday night said the vice president he recently fired, sparking the political turmoil, will return to Zimbabwe "shortly" and has made contact with Mr Mugabe.

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