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President Robert Mugabe is insisting he remains Zimbabwe’s only legitimate ruler and balking at mediation by a Catholic priest to allow the 93-year-old former guerrilla a graceful exit after a military coup, sources said on Thursday.
The African Union Commission Chairman told White House Correspondent for FRANCE24, Philip Crowther, that Mugabe is still President of Zimbabwe and that there was no coup.
Zanu PF Secretary for Youth Affairs, Cde Kudzanayi Chipanga has apologised to the Commander Zimbabwe Defence Forces, General Constantino Chiwenga and the top hierarchy of the army over utterances he made about the ZDF Commander and the army yesterday.
Albert Ngulube -Deputy Director Central Intelligence Organisation
Kudzai Chipanga - President of ZanuPF National Youth League
Jonathan Moyo – Minister of Higher Education
Saviour Kasukuwere – Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and National Housing
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma spoke to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday, and Mugabe told Zuma that he was confined to his home but that he was fine, the South African presidency said in a statement.
The presidency added that Zuma, in his capacity as chair of the Southern African Development Community, was sending special envoys to Zimbabwe to meet with Mugabe and the Zimbabwean Defence Force, which has seized power in Harare.
Sources suggest Grace Mugabe, who was being positioned to eventually take over from her husband, has left Zimbabwe for Namibia.
Someone had to do something, the army should make sure that there is no loss of life however anyone seeking to undermine this transition should be dealt with decisively. Finally free and stable Zimbabwe is coming in our life time.✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿
It’s a coup in all but name. The soldiers have effectively taken over control of the Zimbabwean state. When you see a man in military fatigues reading news on national television, you know the military has taken over. It’s a show of control. So in the end, it all came down to who between the competitors in the succession race had the guns.
The statement issued in the wake of the military takeover is typically presented in camouflage. It gives the impression that President Mugabe is still the head of state. But this is a façade designed to conceal the actual takeover that has happened. A frog might be given many different descriptions but it does not change the fact that it is a frog. He might still be the de jure leader, but de facto control now rests with the military. They are the ones directing the affairs of the state and at best Mugabe is now a lame duck president.
There is no doubt that this marks the end of an era. Mugabe has ruled for 37 years and in recent years it increasingly seemed like he would rule forever. Now though the end is nigh – they military have kept him on to enable their elder statesman a dignified exit, which will happen soon. However, the demise of Mugabe’s rule will not be mourned. Instead, it will be celebrated. This celebration is not because Zimbabweans prefer military rule, no. It is simply demonstrates how Mugabe’s long rule had become almost universally despised, even within his own party, despite appearances to the contrary. His rule generated many opponents both at home and abroad. But no one seemed to have a clue how to get rid of him. The opposition had tried everything, to no avail. The majority of Zimbabweans had become despondent and frustrated. For many he simply had to go, by any means necessary.
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Zimbabwe’s military detained Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo on Wednesday 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.
Chombo was a leading member of the so-called ‘G40’ faction of the ruling ZANU-PF party, led by Mugabe’s wife Grace, that had been vying to succeed the 93-year-old president.
Some force had to be used to gain access into his compound, as shown in the picture below with a damaged gate.
The Zimbabwe army’s takeover of the state broadcaster and action against some members of President Robert Mugabe’s government has been praised by the chairman of the Liberation War Veterans’ Association.
Chris Mutsvangwa, head of the war veterans’ group issued a statement from Johannesburg praising Army General Constantino Chiwenga for carrying out “a bloodless correction of gross abuse of power.” The statement said the army will return Zimbabwe to “genuine democracy.”
"End of a very painful and sad chapter in history of young nation, in which a dictator, as he became old, surrendered his court to a gang of thieves around his wife," he added.
Mutsvangwa and the war veterans’ group are staunch allies of Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was fired from his post of vice president by Mugabe last week.
Reuters reports from Harare that soldiers and armoured vehicles have blocked access to government offices, the parliament building and the courts.
Zimbabwe Army is manning roadblocks at Harare International Airport to prevent wanted individuals from fleeing the country.
"It's the end of an era.
It's a military takeover in all but name.
15 November 2017 - another landmark moment in the history of Zimbabwe. A new chapter opens."
– Alex Magaisa, Zimbabwe Political Analyst
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