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Members of Canada's Zimbabwean community disappointed with Mugabe speech

20 November 2017

Political analyst Alex Magaisa said the military's surprise intervention, coupled with the ZANU-PF's moves against the man leading it for decades "confirms that what Mugabe believed to be popular support was only a facade created by people in his party". "We are only targeting criminals around (Mugabe)", said Major General Sibusiso Moyo in an address shortly after the takeover.

November 15: The military announces that Mugabe is under house arrest and an operation has begun to arrest "criminals" around him who harmed the economy.

The National Assembly and the Senate can begin proceedings to remove the president if both pass simple majority votes against him - either on grounds of "serious misconduct", "violation" of the constitution or "failure to obey, uphold or defend" it, or "incapacity".

Maimane said South Africa's Refugees Act expressly barred anybody who had committed war crimes or crimes against humanity, or any crime that would constitute a prisonable offence under South African law.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe with his wife Grace Mugabe raising their fists in a vehicle before meeting delegates during a Zimbabwe ruling party Zanu-PF youth rally at Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera on 2 June 2017.

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He also suggested that the military, even though it put Mr Mugabe under house arrest days ago, was still beholden to him and compelled to protect him because he is officially their "commander in chief".

They have reinstated sacked deputy president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, as the interim leader PF. "We will not leave Harare until he is gone", Mutsvangwa said.

On Saturday, thousands of Zimbabweans had taken to the streets calling for him to go.

Mugabe's 52-year-old wife Grace has also been booted out from the party over accusations of "preaching hate, divisiveness and assuming roles and powers not delegated to the office".

During the speech, Mugabe said he would be presiding over the Congress which opens in a few weeks even as pressure from his own party and the Army reportedly made no impact on the Zimbabwe leader.

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Mr Mugabe has discussed his possible resignation on two occasions with military commanders after they effectively took over the country on Tuesday.

Many Zimbabweans expected Mugabe to resign after the army seized power last week. Mnangagwa flees the country.

Mr Mugabe has led the country since it gained independence from Britain in 1980.

President Mugabe acknowledges the concerns raised by the Generals regarding the state of the party and nation. Demonstrators handed flags to soldiers, who accepted and waved.

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Members of Canada's Zimbabwean community disappointed with Mugabe speech