It seems Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe, 93, decades long grip on power appears to be over this early morning.
Military vehicles blocked roads outside the parliament in Harare and senior soldiers delivered a late night television address to the nation.
Robert Mugabe, who is world oldest president, and his wife, Grace Mugabe, 52, have been held by the military in a bloodless transition of power as the country’s ousted Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, has returned from exile.
The military seized the state broadcaster, ZBC, manhandled it’s staff and read out a statement announcing its plans.
The statement, read by Major General Sibusiso Moyo and Chief of Staff Logistics, denied the action was a “military takeover of government” but are only targeting criminals who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country. He equally assured the nation that the President and his wife are ‘safe’ and ‘sound’ and ‘security are guaranteed ‘
The Finance Minister, Ignatius Chombo, a lead member of the ZANU-PF party led by Grace Mugabe has also been detained by the military, a government source said.
There’s great tension in the nation after the Zimbabwe’s head of military, General Constantino Chiwega challenged Mugabe over his decision to sack Mnangagwa dubbed ‘The Crocodile’.
Mnangagwa’s sack was seen as a power play for First Lady, Grace Mugabe to succeed her husband.
Mugabe’s savage rule over Zimbabwe was dominated by murders, bloodshed, torture, intimidation, and vote-rigging at a grand scale.
Zimbabwe was suspended from Commonwealth in March 2002 after Mugabe was denounced for vote rigging for his re-election.