The whole nation of Zimbabwe thunderously celebrated the resignation of 37-year President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday, November 21.
According to CNN, the 93-year-old president finally succumbed to the pressure of a military takeover and the humiliation of impeachment as tanks were seen outside Harare and in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The speaker of the Parliament, Jacob Mudenda, read out Mugabe’s letter saying he was stepping down “with immediate effect” for “the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and the need for a peaceful transfer of power.”
“I’m happy,” said 32-year-old street vendor Presca Nzendora, who was hugging a friend, jumping up and down. “Bob has resigned! We were starving because of him.”
Another citizen, Bryan Moyo, ran into the middle of the square in his dark suit and red tie. “Thirty-seven years is not a joke,” he said. “He’s the only president I’ve ever known. It’s indescribable. It’s been hell. I feel like we’ve been liberated a second time.”
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65-year-old taxi driver Nicholas Nyamaka said: “I used to think it would never come. It’s a dream come true. So finally the suffering is over.”
Even the youth voiced out their delight in the former president’s resignation. “It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to Zimbabwe,” Perseverance Sande, 20, said in central Harare as crowds of people started singing around her. “I’ve been waiting so long for this moment.”
According to reports, a new president might be sworn in as early as Wednesday. Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was fired last week by Mugabe to allegedly give way for his wife Grace Mugabe as his successor, is expected to lead the country at least until the national elections next year.
The New York Times said the chain of events leading to Mugabe’s downfall started on November 6, when he fired Mnangagwa to make way for Grace Mugabe to take over the presidency at some point. Mugabe then tried to arrest the nation’s top military commander a few days later.