18 AFRICA Wednesday, November 22 2017 | NEW ERA Zimbabwe has ‘insatiable desire’ for Mugabe exit – ousted VP HARARE Zimbabwe’s parliament prepared to start impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe Tuesday, as ousted vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who could be the country’s next leader, told him to step down. Further street protests have been called in Harare, raising fears that the political turmoil could spill into violence. Mnangagwa, seen as the preferred candidate of the military chiefs who took power last week, said he would only return to Zimbabwe when he his safety was guaranteed and he would not face arrest. Mnangagwa’s intervention - his comes as lawmakers of Mugabe’s once loyal ZANU-PF party were to meet in parliament at 1215 GMT to trigger proceedings that could Notice A bubbling factional squabble over the presidential succession erupted two weeks ago when dismissal put Mugabe’s wife Grace in prime position to succeed her 93-year-old husband, prompting the military to step in to block her path to the presidency. the army took over the country and placed Mugabe under house arrest among many Zimbabweans as his autocratic 37-year reign appeared close to an end. Mnangagwa - formerly one of Mugabe’s closest allies and a regime hardliner - said in his statement that Zimbabweans had “clearly demonstrated without violence their insatiable desire” for Mugabe to resign. “It is my appeal to President Mugabe that he should take heed of this clarion BIDS INVITATION NamPower hereby invites competent and registered Namibian companies to submit their bids for the following: G/ONB/NPWR-11/2018: Designing, Testing, Delivering, Installing, and Commissioning of the Generator CTs and VTs for Units 1, 2 and 3 at Ruacana Power Station G/ONB/NPWR-12/2018: Designing, Testing, Delivering, Installing, and Commissioning of the Generator Protection Schemes Upgrade from Electromechanical Relays to Intelligent Electronic Devices for Units 1, 2 and 3 at Ruacana Power Station G/ONB/NPWR-06/2018: HV Current Transformers G/ONB/NPWR-02/2018: Supply and Delivery of Vehicles and Other Equipment NCS/ONB/NPWR-01/2018: Provision of Cleaning Services at NamPower Buildings in Windhoek and Brakwater G/ONB/NPWR-04/2018: Supply and Delivery of SDH Upgrade Equipment SC/RP/NPWR-02/2018: Provision of Socio-Economic Impact Assessment Specialist Study for Ruacana Power Station and Associated Infrastructure SC/RP/NPWR-03/2018: Provision of Ecology Specialist Studies for the Ruacana Power Station, Associated Infrastructure and Eha Lodge SC/RP/NPWR-04/2018: Provision of Ecology Specialist studies for Warmbad Substation and 132kV Transmission Line SC/RP/NPWR-06/2018: Provision of Socio-Economic Specialist Studies for Warmbad Substation and 132kV Transmission Line Constantino Guveya Chiwenga call,” he said. On Saturday, Zimbabweans attended huge, peaceful anti- Mugabe marches that would have been brutally repressed war veterans’ association called for immediate protests outside Mugabe’s private residence – upping the risk of civil unrest. “We are calling on the people of Zimbabwe to settle their scores with President Mugabe so that he war veterans’ leader Chris Mutsvangwa - another former Mugabe loyalist - told AFP. “We are on the hour of victory. All the people must leave what they are doing and proceed to Blue Roof (Mugabe’s residence). We want to see the back of him immediately.” On Monday evening, army chief Constantino Chiwenga told reporters that progress had been made in talks towards an apparent exit deal for the world’s oldest head of state. Chiwenga called for patience and calm after elated Zimbabweans were stunned to see the president declaring in a TV address on Sunday that he was still in power. Mugabe is feted in parts of Africa as the continent’s last surviving independence leader. He was a key in 1980, riding a wave of goodwill. His reputation was swiftly tarnished, however, by his authoritarian instincts, rights abuses and economic policies. Most Zimbabweans have known life only under his rule, which has been economic collapse and international isolation. Despite his fragile health, Mugabe had previously said he would stand in elections next year that could have kept him in power until he was nearly 100 years old. Mugabe’s wife Grace, 52, has not been seen since the takeover. ZANU-PF lawmakers vowed to remove Mugabe after he missed their weekend deadline to resign. “We have the numbers, the opposition is also going to support us,” Vongai Mupereri, a party MP, said. “We are going to impeach – the man has to go,” said another ZANU- Chris Vandome, an analyst at Chatham House, a London-based think-tank, warned of the rising risk of public unrest. “They will start impeaching him, that is certainly the will of the military, but it’s increasingly now the will of the people,” Vandome told AFP. “The longer this goes on for, the more the likelihood of violence increases,” he said. Legal experts say impeachment could take weeks and be subject to court appeals. Mugabe is thought to be battling to delay his exit in order to secure a deal that would guarantee protection for him and his family. The army insists it has not carried out a coup, but rather an operation to arrest allegedly corrupt supporters around the Mugabe family. “It might take days and weeks, but Mugabe is on his way out,” said Charles Muramba, a 46-year-old bus driver in Harare. – Nampa/AFP Availability of documents: The Request for Proposal documents are available on the NamPower website (www.nampower.com.na). Closing date for request: Friday, 12h00 (Namibian Time) 15 December 2017 Enquiries can be directed to: or to Mr Johannes Shivute, Procurement Administrator, at Tel +264 61 205 2312 /2396/2258. Kindly submit your proposal in a sealed envelope, clearly marked “WITH THE APROPRIATE BID OR PROPOSAL NUMBER,” addressed to The Secretary: NamPower Procurement Committee, to be deposited into the Tender/Bid Box located at the entrance foyer at NamPower Centre, 15 Luther Street, Windhoek, Namibia. 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