Opposition to decide on Mugabe impeachment Tuesday: chief whip

HARARE (Reuters) – Lawmakers from Zimbabwe’s main opposition party MDC will hold a meeting on Tuesday to decide whether to join their ruling party rivals to impeach 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe, the minority chief whip said.

Although Mugabe’s ZANU-PF has the required two-thirds membership to remove Mugabe, participation by the opposition could give a boost to a process that was started by the military’s intervention last week.

Zimbabwe’s state broadcaster ZBC was on Monday put on stand-by for an expected address by the military, a day after President Robert Mugabe failed to announce his resignation to an expectant nation, workers at the broadcaster said.

The military seized power last week saying this was meant to arrest “criminal elements” around the president and on Sunday the ruling ZANU-PF party re-called Mugabe from his position as president and first secretary.