Transcript: Mugabe makes a fool out of CNN and ZANU-PF and remains in power as Zimbabwe’s president

Transcript: Mugabe makes a fool out of CNN and ZANU-PF and remains in power as Zimbabwe’s president

CNN was wrong and Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe remains in a class of his own – a second time within 24 hours.

Monday morning CNN reported: “A source with knowledge of negotiations over Mugabe’s future told CNN that the President had agreed to terms for his exit and that a letter had been drafted.reported a resignation agreement was ready and Robert Mugabe would be ex-president of Zimbabwe after today’s 12 pm deadline set by his own party.” Shortly thereafter Reuters, and media from around the globe sourced CNN’s announcement.

Mugabe was never known to do what the West wants him to do. CNN is an American company, so Mugabe ignored the report and remained to be the president of the Republic of Zimbabwe, at least until now, what is about 1 pm in Harare on Monday.

Plan B is impeachment and Mugabe’s own party ZANU-PF started with impeachment proceedings. Once such a resolution has been passed, Parliament must appoint a nine-member committee of Senators and members of the National Assembly to investigate the removal of the President. Yesterday the president and his wife were terminated as members of the party

The third option is for the military to force Mugabe out of office. This would be seen as a coup d’etat and would most likely bring sanctions by the African Union and other countries.

eTN talked to a known leader in Zimbabwe who wanted to remain anonymous at this time. He said: “Zimbabweans need serious healing, to find each other, drop their legendary bitterness and hate mongering, it’s unbelievable in all my travels and existential experience I have never met a people so full of bile against each other…we need serious healing and love, to be loved and love each other.

This is the second time the president is playing a mind game.

Yesterday on Sunday night  President Robert Mugabe shocked the world during a nationwide broadcast amid reports that he had agreed to step down after leading the country for 37 years.

 

Transcipt of Mugabe’s speech on Sunday night:

“Fellow Zimbabweans, I address you tonight on the back of a meeting I held today with the nation’s security forces command element.

This meeting which was facilitated by a mediating team… followed an operation mounted by the Zimbabwean Defence Forces in the week that has gone by, and which was triggered by concerns from their reading of the state of affairs in our country and in the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Whatever the pros and cons of the way they went about registering those concerns, I as the President of Zimbabwe and as their Commander in Chief do acknowledge the issues they have drawn my attention to, and do believe these were raised in the spirit of honesty and out of deep and patriotic concern for the stability of our nation and for the welfare of our people.

As I address you I am also aware of a whole range of concerns which have come from you all as citizens of our great country and which deserve our untrammelled attention.

Today’s meeting with the command element has underscored the need for us to collectively start processes that return our nation to normalcy so that all our people can go about their business unhindered in an environment of perfect peace and security assured that the law and order prevail as before and endure well into the future.

If there is any one observation we have made and drawn from events of the last week it is the unshakable pedestal upon which rests our state of peace and law and order, amply indicating that as Zimbabweans we are generally a peaceably disposed people and with a given-ness to express our grievances and to resolve our differences ourselves and with a level of dignity and restraint so rare to many other nations. This is to be admired. Indeed

such traits must form the path of our national character and personality. Yes, a veritable resource we summon and draw upon in times of vicissitudes.

The operation I have alluded to did not amount to a threat to our well-cherished constitutional order, nor was it a challenge to my authority as head of state and government, not even as commander in chief of the Zimbabwean Defence Forces. To the man, the commend element remained respectful and comported themselves with diktats and mores of constitutionalism.

True, a few incidents may have occurred here and there but they are being corrected. I am happy that throughout the short period the pillars of state remained functional. Even happier for me and arising from today’s meeting is a strong sense of collegiality and comradeship now binding the various arms of our security establishment. This should redound to greater peace and offer an abiding sense of security in communities and in our entire nation.

Among the issues discussed is that relating to our economy, which as we all know is going through a difficult patch. Of greater concern to our commanders are the well-founded fears that the lack of unity and commonness of purpose in both party and government was translating into perceptionsof inattentiveness to the economy. Open public spats between officials in the party and government exacerbated by multiple conflicting messages from both the party and government made the criticisms levelled at us inescapable.

Amidst all this, flagship projects already adopted by government stood stalled or mired in needless controversies. All this needs to stop as we inaugurate a new work culture and pace which will show a strong sense of purpose and commitment to turning around our economy in terms of our policies. The government remains committed to improving the social and material conditions of the people. Government will soon unveil an entrepreneurial skills and business development program which will empower and unleash gainful projects at our growth points and in rural areas.”

 

Conclusion: Hopefully the Democratic process can proceed, the military can go back to their barracks and those Members of Parliament arrested and in hiding could be allowed to come out to be part of an open and fair political process.

Author: Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977). He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.

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