A UK newspaper has run with a report that Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has suffered a heart attack while on holiday.
The letter suggests the 91-year-old was on holiday with his family when he fell ill and saying that it was unlikely that he would survive.
The letter published on ZimEye yesterday said: ‘President Robert Mugabe is reported to have collapsed after suffering a heart attack while on holiday with his family and is in critical condition.’
It continued that ‘sources close to the president are said to be holding high-level meetings as it is believed that he won’t be able to recover.’
The letter suggests Mugabe and his family have been flown out of the country and extra troops are to be deployed in the capital, Harare.
According to www.zimbabwesituation.com
What happens if Mugabe dies now?
A constitutional law expert says Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is in a position to assume power in the event that President Robert Mugabe is incapacitated.
Dr. Alex Magaisa of the University of Kent in Britain says Zanu PF conflicts can derail the succession of the president in case something happens to the 90-year old leader.
But he says the constitution is clear on what should happen in case the president is incapacitated while in office.
“The person who is acting president at the time a vacancy arises is the one who takes over up to 90 days as acting president. Then within that period, the political party which was represented by the exiting president will sit down and select a successor.”
Section 101 of the Zimbabwe Constitution stipulates that succession of the president takes place in the event of death, resignation or incapacity of the president.
“If the President dies, resigns or is removed from office, the first Vice-President assumes office as President until the expiry of the former President’s term of office; the second Vice-President assumes office as first Vice-President until the expiry of the former President’s term of office; and upon assuming office as President, the former first Vice-President must appoint a qualified person to be second Vice-President until the expiry of the former President’s term of office.”
It further states that if the first vice-president dies, resigns or is removed from office, “the second Vice-President assumes office as first Vice-President until the expiry of the former first Vice-President’s term of office; and the President must without delay appoint a qualified person to be second Vice-President until the expiry of the former first Vice-President’s term of office.”
source:http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit-m-what-happens-if-mugabe-dies-now-nehanda-radio/http://metro.co.uk/2016/01/13/has-robert-mugabe-had-a-heart-attack-rumours-spread-about-zimbabwe-presidents-health-5619540/accessed 13/01/16-Studio 7– Nehanda Radio 3 January 2015 by Gibbs Dube