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The last time Robert Mugabe faced impeachment in Parliament – 25th October 2000

Senator David Coltart 21st November 2017 Just over 17 years ago, on the 25th October 2000, I was present in the House of Assembly when the late (and great) Gibson Sibanda tabled the first impeachment motion against Robert Mugabe. The Speaker then was none other than Emmerson Mnangagwa who ensured that the petition just faded

Zimbabwe’s strange crisis is a very modern kind of coup

The Guardian By Jason Burke 21st November 2017 Historically, African takeovers have been seismic and violent, but now participants are more wary of international opinion It looked like a coup from a movie: a convoy of armoured vehicles, the president under house arrest, and the general on the nation’s screens talking of “restoring stability” in

Has the military “comported to the dictates and mores of constitutionalism”? – statement by Senator David Coltart

Senator David Coltart 20th November 2017 Last night, amongst other things, Robert Mugabe said in his remarkable address, and I quote, “the Command element (the military) remained respectful, and comported to the dictates and mores of constitutionalism”. There is no doubt in my mind that Mugabe in that statement was trying to cleanse the military

Zimbabwe in confusion as Robert Mugabe ignores latest deadline to leave

The Guardian By Jason Burke 20th November 2017 Draft impeachment motion published by Zanu-PF party but support of opposition parties may be necessary after arrest or flight of some MPs Robert Mugabe faces being stripped of his office by parliament if he does not resign as president within days, as the political crisis triggered by

Zimbabwe’s parliament to vote on Mugabe impeachment

Gulf Times 20th November 2017 Members of Zimbabwe’s parliament will vote on whether to impeach President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday, the ruling Zanu-PF party said, after he failed to obey its ultimatum to step down. “The party has instructed the chief whip to proceed with impeachment proceedings against Mugabe as it has not

Much of our current euphoria in Zimbabwe is misplaced – statement by Senator David Coltart

Daily Maverick 19th November 2017 Opinion by David Coltart The message to the Zimbabwe Defence Force must now be – thank you for cleaning up the mess you created but you must now return to your barracks as soon as possible and never again get involved in the electoral process. As I have reflected about