Mugabe would of course never apologise for wrecking his country‚ so no Zimbabwean could seriously have had that expectation.
He added that ZANU-PF had approached the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party to seek their cooperation to pass the necessary parliamentary votes. There have also been claims that the ruling ZANU-PF party did not want him to step down in front of the military, which would have made the intervention look like a coup.
On Monday, one newspaper headline read: "Arrogant Mugabe disregards Zanu PF (Zimbabwe's ruling party)". "They'll proceed with the so-called impeachment process".
Zimbabwe's constitution provides four grounds for impeaching a president or vice president: serious misconduct; failure to obey, uphold or defend the constitution; willful violation of the constitution; or inability to perform the functions of the office because of physical or mental incapacity.
There is, however, a second vice president, Phelekeza Mphoko, who is loyal to First Lady Grace Mugabe.
The bishops further called on all Zimbabweans to avoid utterances that could further inflame tensions and lead the country towards a precipice.
A draft impeachment motion published by Zanu-PF after the deadline passed said Mugabe was a "source of instability" who had shown disrespect for the rule of law and is to blame for an unprecedented economic tailspin.
In a live televised address to the nation on Sunday night, the president of nearly four decades had been expected to resign, but instead promised to lead a Zanu-PF party conference in December. "What does appear clear is that Mugabe has lost the support of the people and of his party".
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The war veterans' association has also announced it will go to court to argue that Mugabe is "derelict of his executive duty", Mutsvangwa said.
The special Central Committee meeting was attended by at least 201 out of 300 members to rubberstamp recommendations by 10 provincial branches to recall President Robert Mugabe from his position both in the party and government.
Mugabe could now be removed from power in a matter of days in what would be a humiliating end to the career of the "Grand Old Man" of African politics.
Derek Matyszak, an analyst at the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies, said Mugabe's address raised the stakes even further.
Shocked Zimbabweans took to Twitter to express their outrage, and on Monday the powerful war veterans' association held a press conference calling for mass protests on Wednesday.
"We are saying 'Mugabe, go now, go now", he said.
"Your time is up", said war veterans' leader Chris Mutsvangwa.
Zimbabweans must take advantage of the impending new political dispensation to demand strong institutions from those leading the current process lest today's liberators might morph into another creature that could come back to devour this newly found freedom.