Robert Mugabe is believed to be hunkered down in his Blue Roof mansion on Wednesday morning alongside reviled wife Grace as the pair wait to learn their fate following the dictator’s historic resignation yesterday.
The 93-year-old who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years had been rumoured to be due to leave the country for exile abroad last night, while his wife remained behind to face prosecution.
But Mugabe did not emerge as tens of thousands of Zimbabweans danced all night to celebrate his peaceful ousting in a drawn-out military coup.
Emmerson Mnangagwa – the deputy known as The Crocodile who was ousted by Mugabe’s wife – is ready to assume power today having reportedly arrived back in Zimbabwe, promising to tackle economic issues that had run rampant under his predecessor.
And Zimbabweans were shaking off a night of partying that saw thousands take to the streets of Harare and other cities to celebrate the demise of a once-revered revolutionary leader.
Robert Mugabe, 93, and his second wife Grace, 52, a reported to be holed up in their Blue Roof mansion as the military decides their
Massive crowds gathered within minutes of the shock announcement to parliament.
Men were breakdancing, women were singing and children were in tears, all brandishing national flags and praising General Constantino Chiwenga – the man who led the army takeover – as the news began to sink in.
‘It’s shocking, that guy is powerful, very powerful,’ said Barber Wright Chirombe, one of those who joined the euphoric street celebrations.
One boisterous group of women burst into an exclusive Harare hotel, snatched a portrait of Mr Mugabe and smashed it outside.
The women fought off security officers who tried to stop them vandalising the premises before stealing the picture and breaking it to smithereens.
They then danced on the picture before a shirtless man broke it across his knee and ran away into the traffic.
It expressed how Zimbabweans feel now that Mugabe’s 37-year reign of terror has finally ended.
Some people held posters of Zimbabwean army chief General Constantino Chiwenga and former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose sacking this month triggered the military takeover that forced Mugabe to resign.
Mugabe is the only leader Zimbabwe has known since a guerrilla struggle ended white-minority rule in the former Rhodesia.
Robert Mugabe‘s rap sheet: Serious misconduct, failure to obey the Constitution and the inability to perform the functions of Office
Robert Mugabe’s rap sheet was published this afternoon by the Parliament of Zimbabwe.
His charges were four-fold – serious misconduct; failure to obey, uphold or defend the Constitution; willful violation of this Constitution and an inability to perform the functions of Office because of physical or mental incapacity.
With regards the serious misconduct, Mugabe is accused of eight different counts.
Six of the eight counts relate to his wife, known as Gucci Grace, while the other two relate to corruption and the harbouring of fugitives.
Mugabe is accused of allowing his wife to assume his constitutional mandate, access classified and privileged documents, abuse state resources, insulting the new leader Vice President Mnangagwa and threatening to kill him.
He is also said to have let Grace Mugabe cause disaffection within the country’s defence forces by spreading reckless and false allegations against the army.
His alleged failure regarding the constitution surrounds a controversial Zimbabwean politician Professor Jonathan Moyo.
Mugabe is accused of unlawfully protecting him.
The 93-year-old’s inability to perform his duties is spelled out in the charge sheet under two clauses.
He is accused of not being able to stand up without his wife or an aide holding his hand due to his old age.
Mugabe also slept through important deliberations in cabinet meetings, the rap sheet claims.
These were all going to be used to oust the longstanding dictator from his position, but he stunned the world by standing down this afternoon.