“Today we are witnessing the beginning of a new and unfolding democracy.”
The 93-year-old had clung on for a week after an army takeover and expulsion from his own ruling ZANU-PF party, but resigned shortly after parliament began an impeachment process seen as the only legal way to force him out.
The ruling ZANU-PF party plans to bring the impeachment motion in parliament after a Monday noon deadline expired for the besieged 93 year old leader to resign and bring the curtain down on nearly four decades in power.
The unfolding drama in Harare was thrown into confusion when a smiling Mugabe was pictured shaking hands with Zimbabwe’s military chief, the man behind the coup, raising questions about whether or not the end of an era was near.
Zimbabwean soldiers and armoured vehicles blocked roads to the main government offices, parliament and the courts in central Harare.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was confirmed on Saturday as his party’s sole candidate for the next presidential election in 2018, when he will be 94.
The bond notes, which were introduced by the nation’s central bank to try to ease a shortage of dollars, were accepted by most businesses and black market traders.
Magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe said prosecutors presented different charges from those read out to Mawarire when he was arrested.
While the government threatened protestors with the “full wrath of the law”, Mawarire urged them to continue with the biggest demonstrations in a decade against President Mugabe.
Zimbabweans stayed at home on July 6, forcing businesses to shut, in the biggest protest since 2007 against unemployment and corruption.
Cash-strapped Zimbabwe says trade is the only way to pay for the costs of protecting its 83,000 elephants.