Zimbabwe live updates : Robert Mugabe Detained as military take over


Zimbabwe‘s military says it has seized power to target “criminals” around President Robert Mugabe, who it said is “safe and sound” in custody with his wife.

The army said it was securing government offices and patrolling the capital’s streets, after a night of unrest which included a military takeover of the state broadcaster.

The action triggered speculation of a coup, but the military’s supporters praised it as a “bloodless correction”.

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The Zimbabwean military is in charge of a paramilitary police support unit depot in Harare and has disarmed police officers there, an army source told Reuters.
“They are now in charge of all armoury, all gates and roads leading in or out of the camp. Arcturus Road [which leads to the camp] is closed and all Support Unit details with guns have been disarmed,” the source said.

British citizens told to ‘stay off the streets’ in Zimbabwe

British citizens in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, have been told to stay off the streets as the country’s military said it had seized power from President Robert Mugabe.

Speaking on behalf of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Mr Zuma expressed concern about the situation in Zimbabwe.
He called for calm and restraint, and expressed the hope that developments in Zimbabwe don’t lead to unconstitutional changes of government, which would be contrary to the conditions of both the SADC and African Union.
The SADC will closely monitor the situation, he added, and remains ready to assist to resolve the political impasse in Zimbabwe.

South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, has urged the government of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Defence Force to resolve the situation amicably.
Zimbabwe’s army has said 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. The night’s action triggered speculation of a coup, but the military’s supporters praised it as a “bloodless correction”.

China said on Zimbabwe military chief General Constantino Chiwenga’s visit to the country last week was a normal military visit.
China is closely watching the situation in Zimbabwe and hopes the relevant parties can properly handle their internal affairs, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing.

The military just detained Zimbabwe’s Finance minister

Zimbabwe’s military have detained Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo after seizing power in an attempt to root out “criminals” around President Robert Mugabe who it said were causing social and economic suffering, a government source said.

British nationals warned to stay indoors as military assumes control of Zimbabwe

British nationals in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare are being advised to stay indoors amid reports of “unusual military activity”. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued the guidance in the early hours of Wednesday morning following political tensions in the African country.

In the wake of the military takeover, the national police has recalled all officers from leave.
All police on leave have been ordered to return to their posts immediately, a police official told The Associated Press.

Military takes power in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s military said it had seized power in a targeted assault on “criminals” around President Robert Mugabe who were causing social and economic suffering, but gave assurances the 93-year-old leader and his family were “safe and sound”.

The military says it has seized power of the capital and has President Robert Mugabe and his wife in custody.
It said it is securing government offices and patrolling the capital’s streets following a night of unrest.

Good morning, welcome to The Independent‘s live blog on the latest updates from Zimbabwe.

“We wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover,” Zimbabwe Major General SB Moyo, Chief of Staff Logistics, said on television.

“We are only targeting criminals around [Mr Mugabe] who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.

“As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”

Neither Mr Mugabe nor his wife Grace, who has been vying to succeed her husband as president, have been seen or heard from.

At least three explosions were heard in the capital, Harare, overnight, and military vehicles were seen in the streets.

The US Embassy closed to the public on Wednesday and encouraged citizens to shelter in place, citing “the ongoing political uncertainty through the night.”

The British Embassy issued a similar warning, citing “reports of unusual military activity.”

Source : Indipendent

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