HARARE, November 21 – The mood outside Parliament in the Zimbabwe capital Harare was festive on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the pending sitting that is expected to begin the process of impeaching President Robert Mugabe.
A large crowd had gathered around lunchtime ahead of the 2:15pm sitting.
Supporters put aside their political differences to unite in sending a clear a message to their MPs that they must vote Mugabe out of office.
Political activist Vimbai Musvaburi, who made the journey to Harare all the way from Bulawayo about 400 kilometres away, said: “Today is about Zimbabwe.”
She was part of the crowd that started gathering outside the House of Assembly as early as 11am, chanting “Mugabe must go!”
The previously banned Zimbabwe flag was being freely waved among posters calling for the removal of the Zimbabwe head of state.
Procedures in the House are expected to start just after 2.15pm and then proceed for a joint sitting at the International Conference Centre as parties seek a speedy vote of no confidence in the 93-year-old leader.
The writing appears to be on the wall for a defiant Mugabe after a cabinet meeting he called for Tuesday morning was boycotted by ministers, while axed former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa has refused to meet him for talks about the future of the country.