President Robert Mugabe has resigned as the Head of State and Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.
He handed in his resignation to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda this afternoon, leading to the adjournment of the joint sitting of members of the lower and upper houses to impeach him.
Cde Mugabe’s resignation is in line with Section 96(1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe.
Following the resignation, the Zimbabwe Defence and Security Services has appealed to all Zimbabweans across the political divide to exercise maximum restraint and observe law and order to the fullest.
Addressing a media briefing in Harare today, Commander ZDF General Constantino Chiwenga made the appeal in Harare against the backdrop of the latest developments in Zimbabwe which saw the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Cde Robert Mugabe resigning.
General Chiwenga said Zimbabwe’s vaunted character and tradition as a peaceful and law abiding nation must now show in practical terms through unconditional observance of the law.
He added the country’s security forces and law enforcement agencies will be out in full force to ensure that law and order is observed, life and property are secured.
The General also said acts of vengeful retribution or trying to settle scores will be dealt with severely and above all he encouraged religious organisations across denominations to pray for peace and stability in Zimbabwe.
In the same vein, General Chiwenga encouraged students to be well-behaved and concentrate on their studies and further appealed to everyone to avoid abusing the social media or any other platform to inflame feelings or incite public disorder in the country.
He also urged the business community to go about their normal operations as always.
General Chiwenga added that the Defence and Security Services expect maximum cooperation from all members of the public who must observe the country’s laws to the fullest.
Who is Mugabe
Cde Mugabe is the founding father of an independent Zimbabwe when he served as Prime Minister from 1980 to 1987.
He later became President and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces between 1987 and today when he resigned.
The former president also served as leader of ZANU from 1975 to 1980 and led its successor political party, Zanu PF from 1980 until his resignation.
He was born in Kutama in Zvimba district on 21 February 1924.
He worked as a school teacher in the then Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia and Ghana.
Angered that Southern Rhodesia was a British colony governed by a white minority, Cde Mugabe joined African nationalist protests, calling for an independent black led state.
After making anti-government comments, he was convicted of sedition and imprisoned between 1964 and 1974.
On his release, he fled to Mozambique and established the leadership of ZANU and oversaw the party’s role in the armed struggle against the Ian Smith regime.