The end has truly come for Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe’s presidential career, after ruling party ZANU-PF voted in favor of sacking him.
Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was sacked as vice-president 2 weeks ago by Mugabe, was voted as the party’s new leader.
In opening remarks at ZANU-PF’s Central Committee meeting, Obert Mpofu, the minister of home affairs who chaired the gathering, blamed First Lady Grace Mugabe and her allies for taking advantage of the veteran leader.
“We meet here today with a heavy heart because Mugabe’s wife and her close associates have taken advantage of his frail condition and abused the resources of the country,” he told members. “I warmly welcome you all to this historic meeting which will mark a new era, not only for our country but for the party.”
The ZANU-PF Youth League, formerly headed by Grace, has also called for expulsion from the party.
Mugabe is still president of the South African nation, and is still resisting calls for his resignation.
Mugabe has been under house arrest since Tuesday when the Zimbabwe army seized the the state house and other key sites.
Zimbabweans have since come out to show solidarity with the military and protest for the 93-year old’s resignation.