Celebrations on the streets as Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe resigns

Robert Mugabe with Tony Blair

The charge sheet brought before Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda had allegations that Mugabe's "serious misconduct" was that he let his wife speak about government business in public when she was not a cabinet minister and also abused state resources among other issues.

The show's guest went on to desperately try and defend his claim by suggesting the military were "just helping out a difficult situation".

A letter signed by Zimbabwe's only president since 1980 said the decision was voluntary.

"I'm so happy because this is what we fought for and now I can be with my children who left the country in search of opportunities", Muchemwa said.

He tightened his grip around the southern African country, seized white-owned farms, unleashed security forces to crush dissent and spoke of ruling until he was 100.

"As I make my way back home, I look forward together with you, the people of Zimbabwe, to tackle the political and economic challenges facing our beloved country".

The 93-year-old had clung on for a week after the army takeover, with ZANU-PF urging him to go.

A former key Mugabe ally, Mr. Mnangagwa fled the country after his dismissal, saying he would not return without guarantees of his safety.

Xavier Zavare continued to defend the actions of the military stating that they would no longer get involved in Zimbabwe's politics.

"Mugabe's resignation must be followed by the resignation of all those have surrounded him", Munyaradzi Chihota, 40, a businessman in Harare, told AFP.

Since the 2013 elections - which were not deemed free and fair - the ageing Mugabe had tried to lay the ground for a successor. It added: "We hope that when (Mnangagwa) finishes his stint in State House the cheers will be for a job well done".

China pointedly failed to offer any open support for Mugabe after the army took power last week, instead calling vaguely for a peaceful resolution under a legal framework and for talks to bridge differences.

At independence in 1980‚ Mugabe was prime minister‚ while there was a ceremonial president‚ the late Canaan Banana‚ who on retirement earned 75 percent of the sitting head of state's salary.

The proceedings are set to begin Tuesday afternoon local time.

Zimbabweans erupted in response, cheering and dancing in the streets.

The Mugabe family are known for displaying their lavish lifestyle on social media, with Grace and her children often seen wearing designer clothes.

A ruling party official said Zimbabwe's recently fired vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa will take over as leader within 48 hours of Mugabe's resignation.

Zimbabweans on Tuesday celebrated the end of the President Robert Mugabe era, as he finally threw in the towel and tendered his resignation.

"For him to really be seen to be doing the right thing, he's going to have to introduce policies that fundamentally undermine the power structures of ZANU-PF, through a shift to genuine political pluralism and a decoupling of the party and state".

Tendai Chaitezvi, 29, a bank employee, celebrated with friends at the Fiesta bar in the Avenues district as music was blasted from several car stereos.

SADC and the African Union (AU) have avoided characterising last week's intervention by the military as a "coup", a definition that would carry diplomatic consequences.

The privately run Newsday newspaper reported that Mnangagwa after his arrival was expected "to meet Mugabe for a briefing".

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