Published: Fri, November 24, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Britain offers help for Zimbabwe after Mugabe 'oppression'

Britain offers help for Zimbabwe after Mugabe 'oppression'

Mugabe, 93, who had been at the helm of the southern African country since independence from Britain in 1980, stepped down earlier this week, succumbing to pressure from within his own ruling party, the military, as well as angry citizens grappling with high unemployment, chronic cash shortages and crumbling infrastructure.

The move led to the military taking over the state-run broadcast and confining Mugabe to his house.

Mugabe's resignation followed an impeachment motion adopted by Zimbabwe's parliament on Tuesday.

Johnson says Mugabe played a major role in the creation of an independent Zimbabwe but had "allowed that legacy to be squandered and his country went, I'm afraid, to wrack and ruin".

Cars began honking horns and people cheered in the streets of Harare as the news spread.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was recently fired as Mr Mugabe's vice-president, is now expected to take over as the country's leader within 48 hours.

He added that although there had been many developments in Zanu-PF, which the ANC had been keeping a close eye on‚ they could only watch and do nothing as it was a sister party.

The Foreign Secretary said it was now a matter for Zimbabweans to decide what happens to Mr Mugabe and his wife Grace.

"I will not pretend to regret Mugabe's downfall: but this can now be a turning point, a moment of hope for this attractive country, full of potential", he said. "In recent days, we have seen the desire of the Zimbabwean people for free and fair elections and the opportunity to rebuild the country's economy under a legitimate government".

Zimbabwean advocacy group, the Election Resource Centre (ERC), on Wednesday welcomed Mugabe's resignation but highlighted the efforts Zimbabweans must make to ensure that a democratic election. Reports, however, indicate that army tanks had started withdrawing from their positions following news of Mugabe's resignation.

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