Zuma Emissaries Denied Entry Into Zimbabwe As Army Starts Military Exercises In Masvingo

Jacob Zuma

Emissaries sent by South African President Jacob Zuma were today denied entry into Zimbabwe at the recently renamed Robert Mugabe International Airport. The emissaries arrive aboard a South African Airways flight but were quickly triaged to a different gate. They were then met by military personnel who are believed to have informed them that the army had everything in control and did not need external intervention.

President Zuma had earlier indicated that he was sending emissaries to Harare  to meet with President Mugabe and the military leaders. Speculation is that Zuma is against the continuation of military control and desires a quick transition to civilian rule.

Zuma also indicated that he was sending another emissary to Luanda, Angola to meet the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Security. There are no indications that SADC is mooting any military intervention in Zimbabwe, however Zuma’s address may come as an assurance that the regional powerhouse is watching.

Meanwhile Major-General Sibusiso Moyo has informed the nation that the army will be doing joint military exercises in Masvingo to test the county’s preparedness to resist internal and external threats. The military exercises will be run by the 4 Brigade which is also headquartered in Masvingo.

Zimbabwe Army patrolling streets – Getty Images

Indications are army is anticipating a backlash from regional players. 4 Infantry Brigade is one of the original 4 brigades that were created at independence and  is commanded by Brig. Gen. Exesbios Tshuma. The exercises are expected to last for three days and will involve both ground and air drills.

Major General Moyo implored the citizens not be alarmed during the exercises.

South Africa’s Ruling ANC Says Wont Intervene In Zimbabwe Coup

SOUTH AFRICA’s governing African National Congress (ANC) says it will not intervene to end the crisis unfolding in neighbouring Zimbabwe, amid fears that the military could overthrow 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe, the world’s oldest ruler.

At a press conference ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said the party would be concerned if “things go wrong there because it will impact on us”.

“But we have no authority over them. That’s the point we are making,” he said.

“At one time at the height of the Zimbabwe question there were suggestions by big powers that we must just walk into Zimbabwe [and]whip them into line. We will not do that. It is not done. It is our neighbour, not our province.”

Millions of Zimbabweans are in South Africa, the regional superpower.

They fled the economic collapse of their country, which resulted in the government being forced to introduce so-called bond notes because of a shortage of US dollars, one of the currencies Zimbabwe adopted after its own currency crashed because of hyperinflation.-bbc

Zimbabwe Coup Latest: Army Statement In Full

Below is the state ment from the army in full:

GOOD MORNING/AFTERNOON

Fellow Zimbabweans, following the address we made on 13 November 2017 which we believe our main broadcaster, ZBC and The Herald were directed not to publicise, the situation in our country has moved to another level.

Firstly, we wish to assure the nation that His Excellency, The President, of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Head of State and Government and Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Cde R.G Mugabe and his family are 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.

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

To the civil servants: As you are aware, there is a plan by the same individuals to influence the current purging taking place in Zanu PF to the Civil service. We are against that act of injustice and we intend to protect every one of you against it.

To the judiciary, the measures underway are intended to ensure that, as an independent arm of the State, you are able to exercise your independent authority without fear of being obstructed as has been the case with this group of individuals.

To our Members of Parliament: Your legislative role is of paramount importance for peace and stability in this country and it is our desire that a dispensation is created that allows you to serve your respective political constituencies according to democratic tenets.

To the generality of the people of Zimbabwe: We urge you to remain calm and limit unnecessary movement. However, we encourage those who are employed and those with essential business in the city to continue their normal activities as usual. Our wish is that you enjoy your rights and freedoms and that we return our country to a dispensation that allows for investment, development and prosperity that we all fought for and for which many of our citizens paid the supreme sacrifice.

To political Parties; We urge you to discourage your members from engaging in violent behaviour.

To the youth: We call upon you to realise that the future of this country is yours. Do not be enticed with dirty coins of silver, be disciplined and remain committed to the ethos and values of this great nation.

 


To all Churches and religious organisations in Zimbabwe:
 We call upon you and your congregations to pray for our country and preach the gospel of love, peace, unity and development.

To both our people and the world beyond our borders: We wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover of Government. What the Zimbabwe Defence Forces is doing is to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation in our country which if not addressed may result in violent conflict.

We call upon all the war veterans to play a positive role in ensuring peace, stability and unity in the country.

To members of the Defence Forces: All leave is cancelled and you are all to return to your barracks with immediate effect.

To our respected Traditional leaders: You are the custodians of our culture, customs, traditions and heritage and we request you to provide leadership and direction to your communities for the sake of unity and development in our country.

To the other Security Services: We urge you to cooperate for the good of our country. Let it be clear that we intend to address the human security threats in our country. Therefore, any provocation will be met with an appropriate response.

To the media; we urge you report fairly and responsibly

Zimbabwe On The Brink As Military Takes Over

Zimbabwe today was thrown into unprecedented waters when the army declared that it was now in control. Broadcasts were interrupted  at 4AM Zimbabwean time by a live reading of a prepared statement across TV and Radio stations. Two soldiers in Air Force and Army uniforms read the statement in English.

“We wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover. What the Defence Forces is doing is to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic sitution in our country which if not addressed may result in a violent conflict” read part of the statement

 

The statement was also directed to political parties, war veterans, traditional leaders and religious leaders whom the army called to pray for the country. Soldiers that were on leave to return to their stations as all leave from duty had been cancelled.

There were  isolated gunshots in the capital but there were no reported casualties.

Where is Robert Mugabe?

The army statement claimed that Robert Mugabe was safe and that he remained the President and Commander-In-Chief. His whereabouts are not known but it is believed that he might have been given a safe passage out of the country.

The fate of the G40

Kasukuwere and Jonathan Moyo

The soldiers were clear that they intended to deal with people who have of late been surrounding the President. These are presumambly the G40 group within ZANU PF. They include Vice President Mphoko, Professor Jonathan Moyo, Saviour Kasukuwere, Ignatious Chombo and others. Their whereabouts is not known but there has been rumors that they might have skipped the country.

Watch part of the statement being read

It Is Official , The Army Has Taken Over Zimbabwe!

The Zimbabwe Defence Forces has officially taken over Zimbabwe.  In a statement that was read today at 4 AM on ZBC radio, the army claimed that Robert Mugabe and his wife were in their protection and he was safe. They said Mugabe remains Commander In Chief and Head Of State however they were only taking this drastic action to “pacify” the bad elements around him

 

More to follow…..