In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the military took control in Zimbabwe. In a statement, Major General Sibusiso Moyo insisted that there was no military coup, however the opposition leader Tendai Biti told Sky News:
"If it flaps like a duck, waggles like a duck, then it's a duck. This is a coup, there's no question about that.”
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Concern for members of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front
An army spokesman said on state television that Mr Mugabe and his family were under house arrest while soldiers carried out the operation in Harare.
After seizing control of state television, Major General Moyo stated:
“We are targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country. As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”
The coup comes a week after Mr Mugabe sacked his vice-president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, a veteran of Zimbabwe’s liberation fight. It is believed this was done to pave the way for Mr Mugabe’s wife, Grace Mugabe, to succeed her husband.
Along with the Mugabe’s, Ignatius Chombo, the finance minister has been arrested as has Kudzai Chipanga, the head of Zanu-PF’s youth league.
General Chiwenga, the head of the army, is representing his actions as moving against the “criminals” around the president who have been stealing the country’s wealth.
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Posted on: Wednesday, 15 November, 2017