Former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa says President Mugabe is on record saying that he will leave office once people say they no longer want him, adding that now that they have spoken, he must accept the will of the people and resign.

In a statement which is said to have been written by Cde Mnangagwa, the former VP said: “The people of Zimbabwe have spoken with one voice and it is my appeal to President Mugabe that he should take heed of this clarion call by the people of Zimbabwe to resign so that the country can move forward and preserve his legacy.

“President Mugabe in his televised State of the Nation Address admitted to a number of a latent disregard to the interest of the people and dereliction of duty, surely after making such an admission common sense dictates that it should have been followed by an apology and immediate resignation to save the legacy of our struggle,” Cde Mnangagwa said.

Cde Mnangagwa revealed that President Mugabe has invited him for a discussion on the current political events in the nation.

The former vice president said the current political and constitutional situation in the country is not a matter between him and President Mugabe but between the people of Zimbabwe and President Mugabe.

Cde Mnangagwa said the mass solidarity demonstrations led by the war veterans on Saturday the 18th of November, the fully legally constituted Special Session of the Zanu PF Central Committee culminating in resolutions which were taken by the Session on Sunday 19th November 2017 and the resolution by the Zanu PF parliamentary caucus yesterday to institute impeachment proceedings against the President are testimony that the President has lost the trust and confidence of the people of Zimbabwe.

“To me the voice of the people is the voice of God and their lack of trust and confidence in the leadership of President Mugabe has been expressed. Several groups including students, general workers, opposition party members, vendors, religious organizations and ordinary citizens led by our war veterans, our party members in Zanu PF, civic society, and all races of colour and creed in Zimbabwe clearly demonstrated without violence their insatiable desire to have the resignation of His Excellency, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe,” he said.

Cde Mnangagwa said the ZDF intervention through the motto code named “Operation Restore Legacy” is aimed at preserving the ethos of the country’s struggle against British colonialism which was led by the late Dr Joshua Nkomo, Cde Robert Mugabe and many others.

Cde Mnangagwa said he looks forward to returning home soon and to join in the struggle for the economic revival of the country which is so endowed with agriculture, industrial and commerce, and mining opportunities and with rich human resource bedrock to support its endeavours.

“My desire is to join all Zimbabweans in a new era where corruption, incompetency, dereliction of duty and laziness, social and cultural decadency is not tolerated. In that new Zimbabwe it is important for everyone to join hands so that we rebuild this nation to its full glory, this is not a job for Zanu PF alone but for all people of Zimbabwe,” he said.

The former vice president concluded his statement by saying the destiny of the country is in the hands of the people, urging President Mugabe to heed the call of the people to resign.