I didn't believe that he was ever going to step down - JJ Cornish

On Sunday, president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, defied his own Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) party and hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding his resignation, by pledging in a television address to continue to preside over the party’s next congress in December.

Mugabe has been recalled as Zanu-PF leader and has been given a deadline of midday on Monday to leave the presidency.

EWN reporter, Hitekani Magwedze, who is in Zimbabwe, describes the climate in the country as less vibrant than it was during Saturday's protest against Mugabe.

Magwedze says there has been an anticipation that he will make use of Monday's deadline to step down.

According to Magwedze, a prayer session will be held on Monday afternoon for a peaceful transition after Mugabe is no longer President of Zimbabwe.

University students are also protesting and demanding that the institution revoke first lady Grace Mugabe’s doctor of philosophy degree.

I didn't believe that he was ever going to step down.

Jean Jacques-Cornish, EWN Africa Correspondent

He is stubborn.

Jean Jacques-Cornish, EWN Africa Correspondent

Also read: Mugabe is the master of deception - Zim political analyst

Cornish adds that people often get irritated when he says Mugabe was an impressive leader in the 70s.

The correspondent describes Mugabe's Sunday evening speech as a humiliating downturn for the president, further adding that the Zimbabwean president overplayed his hand.

I think the soon to be 94-year-old leader did not realise the extent of the trouble he was in.

Jean Jacque-Cornish, EWN Africa Correspondent

He's trying to secure a dignified exist and wanted to die in office says Cornish.

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