By Daniel Chigundu
President Robert Mugabe who was facing mounting pressure since last week Wednesday has finally resigned putting an end to a 37-year uninterrupted reign.
Mugabe who took the reins at independence in 1980 has been accused of running down the country owing to unpopular policies which chased away the much-needed investors.
Under his rule, the country has gone through some of its worst experiences such the economic crisis of 2008 where shops were literally empty and money was losing value on an hourly basis.
In his resignation letter to the Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda, a humiliated Mugabe said “I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of Section 96 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe with immediate effect.
“My resignation is voluntarily on my part and arises from my concern for the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire to see a smooth and peaceful non-violent transfer of power that underpins national security, peace and stability.
“I am giving notice of my resignation as soon as possible as required by Section 96 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe,” he said.
Mugabe lost control of both party and government on Tuesday night last week when Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) marched into Harare and took over power, arresting alleged “G40 criminals” around him in the process.
Since Wednesday there have been a series of meetings between Mugabe, army generals and South Africa envoy in an effort to try and persuade him to step down and reappoint ousted Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
President Mugabe on his part was unwilling to reappoint Mnangagwa preferring his alleged loyalist and Defence Minister Sydney Sekeremayi.
The veteran politician fell out of favour with the military and war veterans following well-calculated purges reportedly targeted at officials with liberation war credentials.
War veterans on Saturday organised one of the most successful demonstrations in the country to demand to immediately step down and they were already preparing for a second round of protest to put more pressure on Mugabe who turns 94 years in February next year.
To make matters worse, Mugabe and his wife Grace were also booted out of Zanu PF by the party’s Central Committee.
Meanwhile, it remains to be seen as to what will become of G40 proponents such as Professor Jonathan Moyo, Saviour Kasukuwere, Patrick Zhuwao, Ignatius Chombo, and Shadreck Mashayamombe among others who were reportedly arrested by the military.
However, Professor Moyo and Saviour Kasukuwere surprised a lot of people when they gave updates on their current situation via their respective Twitter handles.
On his part, Professor Moyo revealed that he had skipped the borders into an undisclosed country and is safe. Patrick Zhuwao is in South Africa.
Mugabe, however, leaves power at a time when the country is facing the worst financial crisis, where manufacturing sector is failing to access foreign currency to import raw materials.
He leaves the country with 95 percent unemployment rate and at a time when government employment costs are chewing about 96 percent of total budget revenue.
The 93-year-old Mugabe also leaves Zimbabwe saddled in a huge domestic and foreign debt, at a time when NRZ is dead, Air Zimbabwe is literally grounded and CSC is a pale shadow of its former glory.-