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
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