What transpired yesterday during the impeachment of Mugabe proceedings – full debate


          ii) Sleeps through deliberations in cabinet and at international meetings to the horror, shame and consternation of Zimbabwean people and all those people globally who have held him in high esteem as their role model.

          NOW THEREFORE, the Joint Sitting of Senate and the National Assembly resolves that the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders appoints a Committee to investigate whether      the aforesaid allegations warrant the removal of the His Excellency, the President, Robert Gabriel Mugabe from office in terms of Section 97 of the Constitution.

     HON. MARIDADI: Mr. Speaker Sir, for and on behalf of the people of Zimbabwe and in the Mighty Name of the Lord, I second the motion.

     HON. SEN. MUTSVANGWA: Mr. Speaker Sir, today is a historic day. It is tragic but unavoidable. No one and no one would have imagined that an iconic leader with illustrious liberation war credentials and a post-independence reverting record of reconciliation, national development, pan Africanism and international stature would end up being captured by his wife and a few misguided elements –[HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.]- to deviate from his constitutional duties leading to the introduction of this motion to remove the President from office to this august House for the purpose of protecting our Constitution. Mr. Speaker Sir, Hon. Members, accordingly I hereby introduce this motion.

THAT WHEREAS Section 97(1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment No. 20 provides that the Senate and the National Assembly by a joint resolution may resolve that the question whether or not the President should be removed from office. These are the following reasons:

a)    Serious misconduct;

b)   Failure to obey, uphold or defend the Constitution;

c)    Willful violation of this Constitution; or

d)   Inability to perform the functions of the office because of physical or mental incapacity.

These above should be investigated in terms of the said section.

          AND WHEREAS Section 97 (2) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that upon passing of a resolution in terms of Section 97 (2), the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders must appoint a joint committee of the Senate and the National Assembly consisting of nine members reflecting the political composition of Parliament, to investigate the removal from office of the President.

          AND WHEREAS the following charges are laid against the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe in terms of Section 97 (1) (a), (b), (c), and (d) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

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