President Robert Mugabe has resigned as the head of state and government of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.
He handed in his resignation to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda this afternoon, leading to the adjournment of the joint sitting of members the lower and upper houses to impeach him.
Cde Mugabe’s resignation is in line with Section 96(1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe.
Who is Mugabe
Cde Mugabe is the founding father of an independent Zimbabwe when he served as Prime Minister from 1980 to 1987.
He later became President and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces between 1987 and today when he resigned.
The former president also served as leader of ZANU from 1975 to 1980 and led its successor political party, Zanu PF from 1980 until his resignation.
He was born in Kutama in Zvimba district on 21 February 1924.
He worked as a school teacher in the then Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia and Ghana.
Angered that Southern Rhodesia was a British colony governed by a white minority, Cde Mugabe joined African nationalist protests, calling for an independent black led state.
After making anti-government comments, he was convicted of sedition and imprisoned between 1964 and 1974.
On his release, he fled to Mozambique and established the leadership of ZANU and oversaw the party’s role in the armed struggle against the Ian Smith regime.