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FULL LETTER: Robert Mugabe’s resignation notice

President Robert Mugabe’s resignation letter was read out by Zimbabwe parliamentary Speaker Jacob Mudenda to lawmakers gathered at a conference centre in Harare to discuss an impeachment motion on Tuesday.

 

State House

Harare

Zimbabwe

21 November 2017

The Honourable Jacob Mudenda

Notice of resignation as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe

In terms of the provisions of section 96 (1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe, amendment number 20, 2013. Following my verbal communication with the Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda at 13:53 hours, 21st November, 2017 intimating my intention to resign as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 (1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe with immediate effect.

My decision to resign is voluntary on my part and arises from my concern for the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire to ensure a smooth, peaceful and non-violent transfer of power that underpins national security, peace and stability.

Kindly give public notice of my resignation as soon as possible as required by section 96 (1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Gabriel Mugabe President of the Republic of Zimbabwe.

NEW THREATS TO CLOSE BEITBRIDGE BORDER OVER IMPORTS BAN

JOHANNESBURG – The International Cross-border Traders Association says it will close down the Beitbridge Border again in a week’s time if the Zimbabwean government doesn’t lift its ban on imports of basic goods. The association has briefed the media in Braamfontein.

Earlier this month, the association led protests in Zimbabwe and South Africa against the trade ban – with the border being closed for several hours and property burnt. Its president, Dennis Juru, says Zimbabweans are against the implementation of restrictions on the importation of food, beauty products and building materials – and says government must abolish the new laws.

 He says the government has been given a deadline of a week.

“After one week we are going to close Beitbridge Border because it is the busiest border in Zimbabwe.” Juru says they are also demanding that police stop their harassment of people entering Zimbabwe.

“We are experiencing a problem where buses are being searched. Maybe [within] 100km you find a police road block.”

The association says should government not heed these calls, it will be joined by other organisations in Zimbabwe at the border next week.

While calm appears to have returned to Zimbabwe following a stay away and violent protests that saw citizens clash with riot police, a group calling itself ‘Tajamuka’ is warning of more protests in the near future – to put pressure on President Robert Mugabe to step down.

The group claims to represent youth formations from different organisations and political parties in Zimbabwe. ‘Tajamuka’ wants government to reverse its policies on the importation of goods and wants it to abandon its plans to introduce bond notes.

 Spokesperson, Promise Mkwananzi says problems in Zimbabwe will be resolved as soon as Robert Mugabe is removed from power.

“The people are fed up with President Mugabe and his Zanu-PF and this is because of the escalating economic problems. The government is unable to pay civil servants; something as basic as that.”

The group has also called for immediate release of all the activists arrested for engaging in protests this month.

Source – EWN