Harare – Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe has officially resigned, 37 years after getting into office.
The speaker of parliament, Jacob Mundenda announced that he had received Mugabe’s resignation.
“The speaker will make sure that the proper legal processes are put in place so that the country can proceed forward with a president in place and this will be done before end of day.”
Mundenda was speaking as parliament debated a motion to impeach Mugabe.
MDC MP Priscilla Mishairabwi Mushongwa was in the midst of her speech when the Speaker interrupted her to advise that he had received a letter from President Mugabe.
The letter was brought to parliament by the Minister of Justice and former head of the central intelligence organization, Happyton Bonyongwe.
The sitting discussing Mugabe’s impeachment was immediately suspended as it had become pointless.
Mugabe had been under pressure to resign after the military took over on Monday last week, in an operation termed ‘restore legacy’.
The army put Mugabe under a form of house arrest, only allowing him to leave depending on the destination last week.
Mugabe’s own party Zanu PF fired him on Sunday as first secretary and president.
It brings an end to 37 years of power.
Mugabe’s ally, Saviour Kasukuwere tweeted earlier indicating Bob’s rule had come to an end amid reports he had fled to Mozambique.
Kasukuwere thanked Mugabe, and urged unity and peace, as well as acceptance for a new dispensation, presumptively led by the new Zanu PF president, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
It is likely that the speaker of parliament will become the acting President between now and elections scheduled for next year.
Mugabe’s son Chatunga wrote on Facebook yesterday addressing his father as the former president of the country.
“What a great man he was for Zimbabwe’ read part of his comment in response to Wellence Mujuru, a nephew of fired Vice President Joice Mujuru