On Wednesday morning, Zimbabwe’s army takes over the national broadcast, creating more tension in the African country as military vehicles storm the streets of the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, while lengthy gunfire was heard near the presidential house.
The Zimbabwean military addressed the country live on ZBC, saying the action was not “a military takeover of government” while assuring the safety of President Robert Mugabe and his family in the cause of flushing out criminals surrounding the president.
“It is not a military takeover of government,” an army spokesman said. “We wish to assure the nation that his excellency the president… and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed.”
The statement added, “We are only 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.”
“Although it doesn’t look like a coup, it is a coup,” Zimbabwe analyst Alex Magaisa, a senior Zimbabwe legal analyst based in the UK, told The Telegraph.
The news outlet also reported that several cabinet ministers, including local government minister Saviour Kasukuwere and finance minister Ignatius Chombo, and Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwayo, were arrested.
Zimbabwe has just experienced its first coup. This type is called a guardian coup but whatever name it's a coup. pic.twitter.com/HdwRInxeci
— Chipo Dendere, PhD (@drDendere) November 15, 2017