Impeachment: The ultimate humiliation
Zimbabwe’s Parliament is due to convene within the next 30 minutes to begin impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe.
Impeachment is the ultimate humiliation for a president. Lawmakers act as jurors, convicting him of various offences.
In the 93-year-old’s case, he is accused of being “incapacitated”, and of allowing his 53-year-old wife, Grace Mugabe, to usurp his presidential powers.
Usually, when the ruling party – or parliament – want to remove a president, they go for the less humiliating option of passing a no-confidence vote in him.
But Mr Mugabe’s opponents – who have rallied behind his sacked deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa – have decided to go for the kill.