Mugabe Will Be Impeached, Says Zim War Vets Leader

Plans to impeach Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe would go ahead as scheduled, say war veterans.
People watch as Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addresses the nation on television, at a bar in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 19, 2017.
People watch as Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addresses the nation on television, at a bar in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 19, 2017.
Philimon Bulawayo / Reuters

The leader of Zimbabwe's war veterans said on Sunday plans to impeach President Robert Mugabe would go ahead as scheduled after the 93-year-old leader defied expectations that he would resign in a national address.

Chris Mutsvangwa, who has been leading a campaign to oust Mugabe, told Reuters in a text message moments after Mugabe finished his speech that people would take to the streets of Harare on Wednesday.

Zimbabwean War Veterans leader Chris Mutsvangwa (R), arrives at a meeting of the ruling ZANU-PF party in Harare, Zimbabwe November 19, 2017.
Zimbabwean War Veterans leader Chris Mutsvangwa (R), arrives at a meeting of the ruling ZANU-PF party in Harare, Zimbabwe November 19, 2017.
Philimon Bulawayo / Reuters

Meanwhile, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said he was "baffled" by President Robert Mugabe's address to the nation on Sunday when the veteran leader defied widespread expectations that he would resign.

"I am baffled. It's not just me, it's the whole nation. He's playing a game. He has let the whole nation down," Tsvangirai told Reuters.

Reporting by Ed Cropley and Joe Brock

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