Saturday, 12 August 2017

Zimbabwe: MDC Party Revived Bid To Impeach President (Robert Mugabe)

Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC party has revived its bid to impeach President Robert Mugabe, this time with the full support of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA), which has since fallen out with the Zanu PF leader, the Daily News can report.

ZNLWVA chairperson Chris Mutsvangwa told a press conference in Harare on Wednesday that they were willing to work with the opposition to get rid of Mugabe, accused by critics of presiding over the country’s economic meltdown and social decay.

According to Zimbanbwe Mail, the former liberation war fighters who are loyal to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, said they were willing to support the country’s largest opposition party in its bid to impeach Mugabe, who has been in power since independence from the British in 1980.

The MDC has seized on the offer, and has started engaging ZNLWVA to agree on the strategic and tactical issues involved. More importantly, Tsvangirai’s party wants to assess if ZNLWVA commands the numbers they claim to have in the National Assembly to enable the impeachment motion to gain traction.

Impeachment refers to an act of calling into question the integrity or validity of a holder of public office.

Zimbabwe has 210 Members of Parliament in the National Assembly and 93 senators, with the MDC having only 70 legislators in the lower house and 20 in the upper house. This means that Zanu PF has an overwhelming majority.

For any impeachment motion to go through, it needs the support of two-thirds majority.

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