Zimbabweans who gathered at a bar in the capital to celebrate longtime President Robert Mugabe’s expected announcement of his resignation say they are frustrated.
One named Nyasha says: “I would be happy for him despite everything he has done to leave with dignity and just walk away. … He is so stubborn.”
The ruling party’s Central Committee has told the world’s oldest head of state to resign by noon Monday or face impeachment. His speech on national television was expected to announce he would step down.
Another Zimbabwean named Shengi says: “Mugabe is a dictator and he’ll always be a dictator.”
Zimbabweans say they feel profoundly disappointed that longtime President Robert Mugabe is resisting pressure to step aside.
Victor Matemadanda, secretary general of the country’s war veterans association, tells The Associated Press he feels betrayed.
Matemadanda says: “He is playing games with the people of Zimbabwe. He agrees to go and then plays games with us like that at the last minute.”
Mugabe’s address to the nation said he would preside over the ruling party’s congress next month, even though its Central Committee has recalled him as its leader and told him to resign as president by midday Monday or face impeachment.
Matemadanda says the war veterans will again rally the people to protest, and “this time the army will let him face the people. … The army will now choose between shooting the people or protecting Mugabe.”
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