- Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe shocked the world when he failed to give in to his much-anticipated resignation.
- He gave his speech after calls for him to step down after ZANA fired and three other members.
- Mugabe's refusal to resign has put Zimbabwe in more political chaos and confusion.
93-year-old Embattled Zimbabwe's President Robert on the evening of November 19 shocked people from across the world when he defied calls to resign.
His resignation, which was highly anticipated by the entire world came after the ruling party Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) expelled him from being its leader.
ZANU also fired Mugabe’s wife Grace, Education Minister Jonathan Moyo and Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere. The move was celebrated by many members of the public as they looked forward to Mugabe’s resignation.
Mugabe’s tribulations begun when he fired his Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and placed his 52-year old wife Grace as his successor.
In his widely viewed speech, Mugabe defied the calls to resign and said he intends to preside over Zanu-PF's congress.
His announcement made him a trending topic on Twitter for a better part of Monday morning.
Most tweeps found humour in his statement and many memes were formed in his name.
Journalist: Sir don't you think 93 years would be a great time to retire as President.
Uncle Bob: Have you ever asked the Queen this question or is it just for African leaders? #Mugabe #RobertMugabe— #Resist (@sheriffjumah) November 20, 2017
Uncle Bob is the Joke of the yearNovember 20, 2017
Interviewer: Mr. President ,when are you bidding the people of Zimbabwe farewell?
Uncle Bob: Where are they going
Uncle Bob Mugabe is live on TV giving a bombastic speech. Just wave good-bye to citizens and walk into the proverbial sunset like in cowboy movies!— Dominic WALUBENGO (@waluwande) November 19, 2017
#Mugabe Uncle Bob is the joke of the year. We were glued to out televisions to hear him say he has resigned. All he has said Asante sana goodnight. pic.twitter.com/c4TMOiCuO0— GOONER!!!! (@KipronoLangat_) November 19, 2017
"Uncle Bob, I think we didn't hear you properly. Did you say the resignation was coming or the rainy season?"#Mugabe #MugabeAnnouncement pic.twitter.com/UlNczAnOvY— Anthony Michael Mwami???????? (@MwamiUGA) November 19, 2017
Someone, anyone, with close links, please make sure Uncle Bob reads the correct speech ... Old man reads the 2013 inauguration speech and we're in kak for another 5 years ?????— Mubaiwa Bandambira ? (@The_Mos_Native) November 19, 2017
Robert Mugabe's speech is a "how to say no to your partner when they want to break up with you "????????????? Uncle Bob is doing big things????????— Gem???? (@tash_shaya) November 19, 2017
It all started with a coup that turned out not to be a coup. Then it was a resignation that turned out not to be a resignation.
Uncle Bob #Mugabe pic.twitter.com/QLXAwQUKIf— Victor Mochere (@VictorMochere) November 19, 2017