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Army takes control of Zimbabwe, Mugabe under house arrest

Staff Writer | November 15, 2017
The military in Zimbabwe has taken control of the country, putting veteran President Robert Mugabe under house arrest.
Major General Sibusiso Moyo
Africa   Major General Sibusiso Moyo
They were announcing it was targeting "criminals" around him. Their move follows the firing last week of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, which made First Lady Grace Mugabe front runner to succeed her 93-year-old husband.

The army has denied it is staging a coup and Mr Mugabe is said to be safe.

Military vehicles were spotted on roads leading to the Zimbabwean capital Harare on Tuesday, sparking rumours action would follow.

Later, soldiers seized the headquarters of Zimbabwe's national broadcaster ZBC and loud explosions and gunfire were heard.

Major General Sibusiso Moyo then read out a statement on national television, assuring the nation that President Mugabe and his family were safe.

The military was only targeting what he called "criminals" around the president, he said, denying that there had been a coup.

"As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy," he added.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is being held at his home and is "fine", according to a statement by South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, who spoke to him.


 

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