Mugabe Has Been Refusing To Eat Or Bath Since Wednesday, Misses Sally – Source

Robert Mugabe and First Wife Sally

A source close to Robert Mugabe’s aides revealed that Mugabe has been having a hard time coming to terms with the betrayal by his trusted lieutenants. He has not been taking regular meals or baths since Wednesday and it has taken the intervention of Father Fidelis Mukonori to get him to eat or take a shower.

On Thursday before he met the Generals he is said to have broken down and started crying. He was wailing profusely saying he wished his first wife Sally Mugabe was still around. He even invoked the name of his late son Nhamodzenyika.

Since the day he met the Generals at State House, he has cast a lonely figure. Only a few relatives are allowed to meet with him. He spends most of his time looking at an old photo of Sally.  It is terrible

Mugabe is known to have been an introvert and lonely figure from childhood. There are very few people that he can confide in. It looks as though currently he only trusts Catholic Church Archdiocese of Harare’s Father Fidelis Mukonori .

“He has been at his side trying to console him. He sees his lawyers but with them it is strictly business.” Added the source.

Happier times with a steady wife

Breaking: Simba Chikore Resigns As Air Zimbabwe CEO

Simba Chikore today relinquished his post as CEO of Air Zimbabwe. Chikore is Mugabe’s son-in-law and he has been at the helm of the airlines for a little more than one year. Given the predicament that Robert Mugabe is in, it was expected that his fall would also result in the fall of his son-in-law.

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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.

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

 

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Mugabe Evacuates Family As He Refuses To Meet Army Generals

President Mugabe’s family was last night whisked out of the country as tensions rise. Sources at Charles Prince Airport have confirmed that Bona, Chatunga and Robert Jnr were yesterday seen off by Bona’s husband Simba Chikore and an entourage of security personnel. Their destination is unknown

Tensions have been on the rise since General Constantine Chiwenga declared that the army would not hesitate to waddle into the ZANU PF succession issues. It is believed that the Generals then requested a meeting with their commander in chief with the intention of pushing him to resign. They sent Permanent Secretary For Defense Martin Rushwaya to request a meeting but MUgabe was adamant that he was the Commander In Chief and would not meet with insubordinate commanders.

They also tried to send the Chaplain-General: Col. Joseph Nyakudya but again he was snubbed. Mugagabe is believed to be relying heavily on Brig. Gen. Anselem Sanyatwe the commander of the Presidential Guard who was not present at yesterday’s press conference. It is not yet clear if Sanyatwe has met with Gen Chiwenga.

It is believed President Mugabe is still hunkered at his home in Borrowdale together with his wife and Son-in-law Simba Chikoore.

It is not clear what the next moves would be but the next 24 hours will be critical

Mugabe Throws Jonathan Moyo Under The Bus

President Mugabe today threw Jonathan Moyo under bus after being confronted by General Constantine Chiwenga. A source tells us that Gen Chiwenga arrived from China this weekend and was whisked by an entourage of soldiers. Immedicately Chiwenga called Lt General Phillip Valerio  Sibanda, the commander of the Zimbabwe National Army for a briefing. They decided to wait for the Monday JOC briefing to talk to President Mugabe.

Before the meeting Gen Chiwenga requested a private tete-a-tete with President Mugabe. It is believed that General Chiwenga told the president in no uncertain terms that there was alarm within the military ranks and he could not guarantee the continued safety of the politician if he does not stop.

General Chiwenga reminded President Mugabe of Mgagao Declaration. He told him that it was not the civilian leadership that placed him in command of ZANLA but it was the decisive actions of the guerrilla leadership at Mgagao in Tanzania who did it. He told the president that he was now throwing away the legacy of the liberation struggle at the instigation of agents of destabilization.

The General then singled out Jonathan Moyo and demanded that he be fired from ZANU PF and government. Mugabe did not object but claimed that the only ZANU PF structures could trigger the process of removing Jonathan Moyo. There was an impasse on how to move forward, it was then that Gen Chiwenga asked President Mugabe to go with him to KGIV and address military leaders that had already been summoned by Gen Chiwenga. Mugabe refused.

It is unknown whether General Chiwenga was granted permission by the Commander-In-Chief to hold the press conference but all indications are that the conference was called as a last-ditch effort to force the civilian leadership to self-censor and stop the self-inflicted degeneration.

We tried to get a comment from Professor Moyo but it was believed he was holed up in a briefing with Mugabe, probably being served with his dismissal papers.

 

Zimbabwe On The Brink As General Chiwenga Takes On Mugabe Head-on

General Constantine Chiwenga today issued a stern warning to ZANU PF about what is going to happen given the current political instability within that party. The army today called a press conference that was addressed by the General flanked by his fellow commanders.

He started by pointing out that ZANU PF instability affects the peace and stability of the country. He then went on to point out that he was opposed to the current purges within ZANU PF and he believes that drastic action has to be taken.

 

“But what is significant to us and to the generality of Zimbabweans is to remember that all these rebellions were diffused by the military, but at no point did the military usurp power. We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that when it comes to issues of protecting our revolution, the military will not hesitate to step in.”

Oppah Muchinguri goes into hiding might have left the country

Oppah Muchinguri has been haunted into hiding by Mugabe’s machinery.  The  Environment minister is believed to have been fearing for her life as her opponents close in on her. She has not been seen at her home or her office in past 3 days.

Yesterday a  group of about 30 youths marched to ZANU PF  Mutare offices chanting denigrating slogans and baying for her blood. They are believed to have been funded by Mandi Chimene and Irene Zindi who have been long-time rivals to Muchinguri.

Sources inform us that Muchinguri has not visited her offices at Mkwati building because she fears a warrant of arrest has already been prepared. She is believed to have been an instrumental member of Mnangagwa’s Lacoste faction.

Oppah Muchinguri voluntarily relinguished her post as Women’s league chair secretary of the women’s League in the ZANU PF party in 2014. It is believed that she had been promised the Vice President slot that was then held by Joice Mujuru. She resigned the post and helped elevate Mugabe’s wife Grace as her replacement.

In December 2014 Mugabe made a U-turn and appointed Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko as his deputies. This did not go down well with Oppah who felt deeply aggrieved and betrayed. She became an incessant critic of Grace Mugabe.

At one point in the Politburo Oppah brought Grace Mugabe to tears when she clashed with her over the distributions of ZANU positions at the 2014 congress.

Efforts to contact Oppah Muchinguri or her husband were fruitless as their phones were off.

General Chiwenga in China, did he run away?

 

General Chiwenga is reportedly in China in what is reported to be a medical visit. The General who is  believed to have been a strong ally to the deposed former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa  left Harare for China on Sunday night just after meeting with President Mugabe.

It is the timing of his visit that has sent tongues waging that he could have skipped the country after he realised that Mugabe was determined to purge pro-Mnangagwa supporters with ZANU PF, Government and the military.

The official story is that Gen Chiwenga went for a routine medical checkup. Sources tell us that when Gen Chiwenga attended the briefing with President Mugabe on Sunday night he looked fine and in good spirits. He however did not attended the Monday morning JOC  briefing as he had already left the country.

There is no date as to when the General is expected back. It is also perculiar that Robert Mugabe who usually loves to flaunt generals at his rallies did not have a single person from the security services when he attended the solidarity rally today at ZANU PF Headquarters.

There has not been any military comment about the sacking of the Vice President who is also believed to have sneaked out of the country to evade persecution.

Mnangagwa taken ill, still marooned in Zimbabwe – no plane for him

Mnangagwa’s medical report

Contrary to what was reported yesterday that Emmerson Mnangagwa had skipped the country it has been confirmed that he is in the country but fell ill due to stress.

A medical report obtained by this publication indicate that  Mnangagwa was seized by acute gastritis and aesophagitis which indicate an inflamation of the alimentary canal probably from acidic erosion. This is a typical condition during stress especially if the victim has had other underlying conditions.

Mnangagwa had just recuperated from a poisoning episode and he had not been in good health since.

Mnangagwa’s allies were yesterday frantically searching for a private plane to airlift him airlift him to South Africa. Initially a friend of his with from the Lowveld had secured a plane for him and had been scheduled to take off from Buffalo Ranch airport. Munangagwa did not show up.

His former allies appear scared of reprisal, thus as of this publication; Munangagwa was still marooned in the country. A request had been made for a military helicopter but the Commander in Chief Robert Mugabe was not available to sign it off.

 

Breaking – Emmerson Mnangagwa skips the country

 

Fired Vice President Mnangagwa with Sydney Sekeramai and Gen Chiwenga

Things are moving too fast in Zimbabwe. Sources have revealed that former Vice President  E.D Mnangagwa jetted out of the country early morning when it became apparent that he was going to be relieved of his duties.

As reported earlier, Mugabe was preparing to arrest Mnangagwa and Emmerson was left with no option but to skip the country. Apparently an order had been sent to withdraw his Presidential security detail. Mnangagwa however was helped to skip by the military personnel that took over his protection since the Cyanide poisoning incident in 2016.

It is believed that he took off from Buffalo Range  airport on a private plane. His whereabouts are not known.

As the nation waits on tenterhooks it is also remains a mystery as to what Mugabe’s next move would be.

Breaking – Emmerson Mnangagwa skips the country

 

Fired Vice President Mnangagwa with Sydney Sekeramai and Gen Chiwenga

Things are moving too fast in Zimbabwe. Sources have revealed that former Vice President  E.D Mnangagwa jetted out of the country early morning when it became apparent that he was going to be relieved of his duties.

As reported earlier, Mugabe was preparing to arrest Mnangagwa and Emmerson was left with no option but to skip the country. Apparently an order had been sent to withdraw his Presidential security detail. Mnangagwa however was helped to skip by the military personnel that took over his protection since the Cyanide poisoning incident in 2016.

It is believed that he took off from Buffalo Range  airport on a private plane. His whereabouts are not known.

As the nation waits on tenterhooks it is also remains a mystery as to what Mugabe’s next move would be.

Whereabouts of Mugabe not known amidst uncertainty

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe

The whereabouts of President Mugabe is not known amidst the uncertainty engulfing the country following today’s firing of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa. In an unprecedented move, Mugabe who was supposed to hold a press conference at 2pm Zimbabwe time did not show up. The statement was read by a visibly shaken Simon Khaya Moyo the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services.

The President’s motorcade was last seen yesterday heading for his Borrowdale home. It was not know whether  it was carrying Robert Mugabe or Grace Mugabe who had just attended an Apostolic Sect rally at Rufaro Stadium.

Sources within the President’s Protection Unit were also unsure whether the President was still in Zimbabwe or not. They also confirmed that the Presidential Guard has been on high alert with all units reporting for parade this morning.

Military sources have also revealed that there was a no holds barred meeting between President Mugabe and Military Commanders on Sunday to brief them of the then impending removal of Vice President Mnangagwa.

The president is said to have cornered Zimbabwe Defence Forces  Commander General Chiwenga and asked him if he still wanted to serve the country. He reiterated the importance of segregation of duties and respect civilian rule. He informed the military commanders that the matter was purely a civilian issue and he did not expect the military to be seized by the matter.

It is unknown what Emmerson’s response would be but judging by his previous subservience this could as well be the beginning of the end for him.

BREAKING: Mnangagwa Fired!

Mnangagwa caught on camera praying with one eye open

Emmerson Mnangagwa has been fired from both ZANU PF and Government. Addressing a press conference with a prepared statement, ZANU PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo said President Mugabe has relieved Mnangagwa of his duties.

Simon Khaya Moyo said Mnangagwa has been relieved of his duties for dereliction , disloyalty and little probity in the execution of duties.

The writing has been on wall for some time given the onslaught from Grace Mugabe and Mugabe himself. Mugabe looked visibly angry when he addressed a rally in Bulawayo.

It is not known what Mnangagwa’s next move will be.