Zimbabwe's Army Seizes Control, Mugabe Apparently Ousted

Zimbabwe's Army Seizes Control, Mugabe Apparently Ousted

Zimbabwe's Army Seizes Control, Mugabe Apparently Ousted

Zimbabwe's army said Wednesday it has President Robert Mugabe and his wife in custody and is securing government offices and patrolling the capital's streets following a night of unrest that included a military takeover of the state broadcaster. A Harare resident told AFP that gunfire erupted near President Robert Mugabe's private residence in Borrowdale in Harare in the early hours of Wednesday.

Mugabe's government has remained relatively silent on the ongoing turmoil, but according to Reuters, Isaac Moyo, the country's ambassador to South Africa, has said that the government "intact" and that the coup rumors are false.

Zimbabwe Defence Forces Major General SB Moyo makes an announcement on state broadcaster ZBC, in this still image taken from a November 15, 2017 video.

He said Mr. Mugabe and his family were "safe and sound, and their security is guaranteed".

"We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice", he said. "As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy", the military said.

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In response to the conference, Mugabe's political party accused Chiwenga of "treasonable conduct".

Tensions were raised further on Tuesday when armoured vehicles were seen taking up positions on roads outside Harare, although their goal was unclear.

Areport said they would face charges of undermining the authority of the President, by singing "We hate what you're doing" as the first lady spoke. The house of President Mugabe has also been occupied by the military.

A long-running political struggle over who will succeed Mugabe, who has been in power since the country gained independence from Britain in 1980, has been slowly escalating.

Mnangagwa, who had fled into exile, has vowed to return and launched a direct challenge to Mugabe by calling for members of the ruling Zanu-PF party to desert the President.

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General Constantino Chiwenga met Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan in Beijing on Friday, where Chang expressed a willingness to promote relations with Zimbabwe, China's Defence Ministry said in a short statement last week.

Mugabe's second wife has developed a reputation as a shrewd, if sometimes extravagant, politician, and has steadily gained influence among youth in Zimbabwe.

The army had on Monday warned it could "step in" and would not tolerate purges in the ruling ZANU-PF that had seen Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa fired.

"Defending the revolution and our leader and President is an ideal we live for, and, if need be, is a principle we are prepared to die for", Kudzai Chipanga, Zanu-PF's secretary of youth affairs, told reporters early Tuesday.

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