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Uhuru's ally given 48 hours to resign as president

J. M. Omondi
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President Jacob Zuma with Uhuru Kenyatta. He has been given ultimatum to resign or face impeachment. [Photo/Ebru]

Republic of South Africa's president Jacob Zuma has only two days to resign as president of face parliamentary wrath, reports have indicated.

Zuma, who had refused to step down following intense talks within his ANC party, was replaced as party's president by his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa in December last year.

"It took a brutal 13 hours, but the ANC national executive committee has decided to recall President Jacob Zuma as head of state," reported Times newspaper.

An excited Ramaphosa, who is anticipated to take over ahead of next year's polls, expressed his optimism that the quagmire would end soon.

While Zuma is at liberty to defy resignation orders by the party, he would however face the wrath of ANC legislators who seems determined to have him out of office.

"We know you this matter to be finalised," said Ramaphosa, 65, who reportedly had left the meeting to inform Zuma of the party's resolutions.

Known for sequential corruption cases, Zuma is a close friend of President Uhuru Kenya and in fact, Uhuru's fisrt tour out of the country since his reelection was to South Africa.

Also, Zuma's Ex-wife, Dlamini Zuma, played an integral role in the collapse of ICC cases in which Uhuru had been implicated when she served as African Union Commission chairperson.

Coincidentally, Cyril Ramaphosa, the man who would take over in the event Zuma resigns or is impeached as it is likely, is a close ally of Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga.

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