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the leader of zimbabwe's war veterans says plans to impeach the 93—year—old will go ahead, with demonstrations expected on the streets of the capital harare on wednesday. in other news, police say a postmortem examination carried out on the body of the teenager, gaia pope, hasn't identified any injuries to suggest another person was involved in her death. more now on our top story, in an extraordinary day in zimbabwe, president robert mugabe has not resigned from power despite pressure on him to do so from within his own party. atjust after 7 o‘clock london time, president mugabe made a televised address from his state residence, flanked by military men. and despite the widespread speculation he was about to stand down, he disappointed many by not
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resigning and instead said he intended to lead next month's congress of the ruling party, zanu—pf. let's listen to that speech in full now . hello zimbabweans. i address you tonight on the back of a meeting i held today with the nation's security forces command element. this meeting, which was facilitated bya this meeting, which was facilitated by a mediating team, from the catholic church followed an operation mounted by the zimbabwe defence forces in the week that has gone by. and which was triggered by concerns arising from their reading of the state of affairs in our
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country and in the ruling zanu—pf party. whatever the pros and cons, the way they went about registering those concerns, i, as the president of zimbabwe and as their commander—in—chief, do acknowledge theissues commander—in—chief, do acknowledge the issues they have drawn my attention to. and do believe that these were raised in the spirit of honesty and out of deep and patriotic concerns for the stability of our nation. and for the welfare of our nation. and for the welfare of our nation. and for the welfare of our people. as i address you, i am also aware of a whole range of
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concerns which has come from you all as citizens of our great country. today's meeting with the command element has underscored the need for us element has underscored the need for us to collectively start processes that return our nation to normalcy. so all our people can go about their business unhindered in an environment of perfect peace and security, assured that law and order is obtained and prevail as before and endure well into the future. if
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there is any one observation we have made and drawn from events of the past week, it is the unshakeable pedestal upon which rests our state of peace, law and order amply indicating that as zimbabweans, we are generally a peacefully disposed people and can express our differences and exprus our differences and exprus our differences with ourselves and with a level of dignity, discipline and restraint so rare to many other nations. this is to be admired. indeed, such traits must form the
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peace of our national character and personality. yes, a veritable resource we summon personality. yes, a veritable resource we summon and draw upon in troubled times. the operation i have alluded to did not amount to a threat to our well—cherished constitutional order. nor did it challenge to my authority as head of state and government. not even as commander—in—chief of the zimbabwe defence forces. to a man, the command element rebhaned respectful
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and comported with the dictates of constitutionalism. true, a few incidences may have occurred here and there but these have been corrected. i am and there but these have been corrected. iam happy and there but these have been corrected. i am happy that throughout the short period, the pillars of state remain functional. on lappier for me pillars of state remain functional. on lappierfor me and arising — even happierfor me on lappierfor me and arising — even happier for me and arising on lappierfor me and arising — even happierfor me and arising out on lappierfor me and arising — even happier for me and arising out of today's meeting is a strong sense of collegiate and now the in the various arms of our security establishment. this should bring greater peace and also an abiding
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sense of security in communities and in ourentire sense of security in communities and in our entire nation. among the issues discussed, is that relating to our economy, which, as we all know is going through a difficult patch. of great concern (inaudible) operations of all importance. (inaudible)
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between high rapging officials in the party and in government, exacerbated by multiple conflicting m essa 9 es exacerbated by multiple conflicting messages from both the party and government — high ranking officials, made the criticisms levelled against us inescapable. amidst all this, projects already adopted by government stood stalled, needless controversies. all this now has to stopped as we inaugurate a new work culture and pace which will show a strong sense of purpose and commitment to turning around our
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economy in terms of our policies. the government remains committed to improving the social and material conditions of the people. government will soon unveil an entrepreneurial skills and business development programme which will empower and unleash gainful projects at our growth points and rural areas. tell all zimbabweans we are a nation born out of a protracted struggle for national independence. our rules lie
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in that struggle, with goals and ideals and present and construct our future. core tenna nts core tennants must be subscribed by all across generations and across times. indeed, these too was a great concern of our commanders who themselves were makers of that revolution and often at very tender ages and at great personal terror. we still have in our various communities veterans of that founding struggle. we might have
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founded the prevailing management of national and issues quite alienating. this must be corrected without delay, including ensuring that these veterans continue to play central roles in the lives of our nation. we must all recognise that our participation in the war of liberation exacted life—long costs, which whilst hardly repayable, may still be assuaged and amelliouraited. in respect of the
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party, and the party issues raised by both of the commanders and by the general membership of zanu—pf this too stands acknowledged. they have too stands acknowledged. they have to be attended to with a great sense of urgency. however, i am aware that asa of urgency. however, i am aware that as a party of liberation, zanu—pf has, over the years, written elaborate rules and procedures that guide the operations of all its organs and its personnel. indeed, the current criticism raised against the current criticism raised against the command element — raised against it by the command element and some
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of its members. have arisen from a well—founded perception that the party was stretching or even failing in its own rules and procedures. the way forward, that cannot be based on swapping (inaudible) that ride roughshod over party rules and procedures. there has to be a net return to the guiding principles of our party, as enshrined in its constitution, which must apply fairly and equitably in all situations and before all members.
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the area of victimisation and arbitrary decisions must be put behind so as we all embrace a new ethos, predicated on the supreme law of our party and nourished by an abiding sense of comrade iry. —— comradery. to all there, there must be general recognition that zanu—pf isa be general recognition that zanu—pf is a party of traditions. and has been served by successive generations who are bound to the by
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shared ideals and values which must continue to reign supreme in our nation. intergenerational conflict must be resolved through harmonised melding of old established players as they embrace and welcome new rules, new ones through a well—defined sense of hierarchy and succession. indeed, all these matters will be discussed by settled at the forthcoming
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conference within the framework of a clear road map that seeks to resolve once and for all any omissions or contradictions that have affected our party neglectively. inafew in a few weeks from now, i will preside over the processes which must not be prepossessed by any acts a cts must not be prepossessed by any acts acts calculated to undermine it or to compromise the outcomes in the eyes of the public. i conclude this address and i am aware that many developments have occurred in the
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party or have been championed and done by individuals in the name of the party. given the failings of the past and the anger this might have triggered in some quarters, such as developments — such developments are quite understandable. however we cannot be guided by bitterness or vengefulness, both of which would not make us any better party members orany not make us any better party members or any better zimbabweans. our
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policy of reconciliation, which we pronounced in 1980, and which through we reached out to those who had occupied and oppressed us for nearly a century and those we had traded fire with in a bitter war, surely cannot be unavailable to our own, both in the party and in our nation. we must learn to forgive and resolve contradictions, real or perceived in a comradery zimbabwean spirit. i am confident that from
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tonight our whole nation, all of us, gets reforecast as we put shoulder to the wheel amidst the promising agricultural season already upon us. let us all move forward, reminding ourselves of our war—time mantra. i thank you and good night. sorry, one or two places i went wrong. i hope we can correct that. there we are, robert mugabe essentially defying all expectation
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in that speech earlier this evening. so many people expecting a speech of resignation but actually as you saw there something quite different. what might be described as a rather rambling speech, some confusion tend that he was even on live television, as he apologised under his breath to those around him for having stumbled here and there and morgan tsvangirai saying he was "baffled by his decision not to resign." well ben brown spoke to the africa editor, fergal keane who gave his reaction to mugabe's speech it is the end of the era of mugabe but he has managed probably by playing an international card, probably by saying it is the policy of the african union, or international community that leaders are not moved by coups, he has managed to gain himself extra time.
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but does anybody really believe? given the strength of feeling in the party and on the streets that he is going to endure as president of zimbabwe? i'm willing, in terms of the narrative to say, no that's not going to happen. you talked about how frustrated the people will be, we saw that people power on the streets down behind us in harare and the call we gather from the war vetera ns for the call we gather from the war veterans for them to come back out on to the streets on wednesday but it doesn't look like robert mugabe listens to the people, certainly not to be people who were demonstrating yesterday, demanding he goes. it has never been his story, listen together people. that's not the time of politics he came up w he is a graduate of the revolutionary politics of the 405, 50s, graduate of the revolutionary politics of the 405, 505, 605, trained in lenini5t po5ition5 politics of the 405, 505, 605, trained in lenini5t positions of power, you control party organ5, trained in lenini5t positions of power, you control party organs, and the military and security force. the key thing is he doesn't control them anybody. tonight, yes, a big
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anticlimax for many who come out on to the streets but it is not the end of the story of robert mugabe's departure. that is going to happen. now, when you have the party calling for people to come on to the streets, they are potentially worrying dynamics. all of that excitement that we saw yesterday, all of those people who believe that change is imminent. that it is going to come in a matter of die days, if not hour5, to come in a matter of die days, if not hours, when it is brought on to the streets, it could be problematic. . one more question, you know, impeachment i5 problematic. . one more question, you know, impeachment is what he is being threatened with by zanu—pf of they have said if he doesn't resign by midday tomorrow, which he clearly isn't going to do, that's when the impeachment begins. will that get rid of him? how quickly? it is potentially possibly they might go ahead with this. the other po55ibility ahead with this. the other possibility is you will get some kind of fudge. there will be a lot of talking now between the leaders of talking now between the leaders of the military and other branches of the military and other branches of the military and other branches of the state security forces, the war vetera n5 of the state security forces, the war veterans and party and something we have not mentioned so far in this
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conversation, the kind of heir that the party wants to replace robert mugabe. he will have a key say in whether that impeachment proce55 goe5 whether that impeachment proce55 goes ahead. it is still a very topdown party. he is the new top. if he decides — i can wait anotherfew weeks fear the congress to anoint me, i suspect the party will fall into line. whether the people will, i5 into line. whether the people will, is another party. the bbc‘s fergal keane 5peaking is another party. the bbc‘s fergal keane speaking to ben brown in harare. and earlier ben also speak to the representative for zanu—pf in the uk he said he was disappointed by robert mugabe's 5peech the uk he said he was disappointed by robert mugabe's speech robert mugabe hasjust by robert mugabe's speech robert mugabe has just rained by robert mugabe's speech robert mugabe hasjust rained on zimbabwe's pari mugabe hasjust rained on zimbabwe's par i had a, really. i think everybody, every one of my compatriots is downcast, pretty much heart broken. i'm very sad because what is going to happen from here now is the humiliation of robert
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mugabe. big time humiliation, which is something that throughout the weekl is something that throughout the week i was saying we don't need and it is very sad, because when the evidence — i mean when the impeachment evidence comes, it will be very, very embarrassing and humiliating. we didn't need to drag him through this mud but he has asked for t and as far as he is concerned, he is going to preside over congress in december. that's ridiculous. which congress? as far as we are concerned he is not longer president of our party. he is done. at the central committee, the highest board inside zanu—pf, outside congress has made a decision, he is gone. all ten of them on friday made the decision he is gone, so whose interests is he representing? which constituents does he represent? the military says he is gone. at the moment he goes
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under the title of commander of chief, because he hasn't stood down formally but in terms of authority, he is not comaerned of anybody. all he is not comaerned of anybody. all he has is an office but absolutelily no authority. so, i don't know what he is playing at. as farzanu—pf as far zanu—pf is concerned we have a new leader. the nation will do what it has to do. impeach element have to start on tuesday. let it play. both the opposition and zanu-pf play. both the opposition and zanu—pf are agreed on this, the president has to step down. he is three months away. ben brown: how quickly do you think that
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impeachment progress will take? how long will it take? could he be gone within a few days? what is your estimate? i think by the end of the week. the committee has to be set in place to investigate the allegations against him. and then it has to report back and then people have to work on t that's pretty much the process. so it might not happen overnight. it might take a few days. it depends on the cooperation of all the parties anyway. the representative there from zanu-pf in the uk the representative there from zanu—pf in the uk 5peaking the representative there from zanu—pf in the uk speaking to ben brown and ben will be back with the latest from harare at 9.00pm. now nick miller what has all the details before that. it may have been a colded weekend but at least it ended on a fine note. dry anyway and some sunshine, as these pictures show. cloud moving into western pa rt5 as these pictures show. cloud moving into western parts of the day. the cloud will win out overnight, after
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a chilly start to the night acro55 eastern parts, a chilly start to the night acro55 eastern pa rt5, temperatures a chilly start to the night acro55 eastern parts, temperatures actually ri5e eastern parts, temperatures actually rise as the night goe5 eastern parts, temperatures actually rise as the night goes on with the cloud moving in. rain northern ireland scotland, northern england. later, east ang leeia, any rain light and patchy in southern england. not all turning milder through the night. still some cold air in place in scotland and a5 through the night. still some cold air in place in scotland and as the weather moves in, we will see snow, the hills north of the central belt, above 300 to 400m, a messy start to monday acro55 above 300 to 400m, a messy start to monday across scotland. rain with heavier bursts in places, that 5now the higher you go in the hills of the higher you go in the hills of the central belt. the outbreaks of rain in northern ireland, acro55 northern england. for much of 5outhern northern england. for much of southern england the midlands into wale5, southern england the midlands into wales, the overnight rain ju5t patchy in nature but look how mild it is to start the day. so different from how sunday started. let's look on through monday. after a wet start for some gradually turning drier. a while to get rid of the rain in northern england but it'll improve during the afternoon. some brighter
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brea ks to during the afternoon. some brighter breaks to the east of high ground anywhere in the uk, certainly possibly but expect a lot of cloud through the day. still a bit of patchy light rain and drizzle around into the afternoon in some 5pots patchy light rain and drizzle around into the afternoon in some spots and while most are milder, 5till 5ingle figure temperatures in scotland. monday evening shaping up with a cloud and light and patchy rain. : rain in northern ireland and through into 5cloonted. mild air reaching into 5cloonted. mild air reaching into scotland means any 5now turning to rain acro55 into scotland means any 5now turning to rain across most of the hills here during tuesday, the winds picking up across the board and a spefl rain acro55 picking up across the board and a spefl rain across england and wales through tuesday. temperatures a little higher even in scotland but look elsewhere, around 12—14. big picture tuesday to wednesday, you can see, it's dominated by low pressure. the winds are getting 5tronger, too, so for the second half of the week, turbulent our weather, with low pressure giving wet and windy conditions at times. thi5 wet and windy conditions at times. this week it is turning milder. there will be quite a bit of weather
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around and especially from mid—week, often windy. to bbc am live from harare. another extraordinary day in the history of zimbabwe. president robert mugabe i5 still the president. he has refused to resign despite mounting pressure from the generals who carried out a military takeover against him last wednesday and despite the huge public demonstrations against him in harare yesterday, he is staying in office. in a televised addre55 harare yesterday, he is staying in office. in a televised address to the nation, he said that he would still be presiding over a congre55 of the zanu—pf party
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