The Zimbabwean military has taken over the country’s capital, Harare, and no less than three explosions were reported in the city by morning of Wednesday, November 15.
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe and his wife have reportedly been detained by the military in a ‘bloodless transition’ of power – and the country’s deposed vice-president has returned from exile.
Army boss, Major Gen SB Moyo, President Mugabe and family are safe but army is ‘targeting criminals around him’.
The army commander claimed to have stepped in to calm political tensions over 93-year-old President Mugabe’s possible successor.
The ruling party has however accused the commander of “treasonable conduct”, according to a report by New York Post.
The U.S. Embassy has since issued a warning encouraging citizens to seek shelter indoors ad avoid the political unrest on the street.
There were reports on Wednesday morning that some armed soldiers were assaulting passers-by in the early morning hours in Harare, as well as soldiers loading ammunition near a group of four military vehicles.
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Three explosions could be heard near the University of Zimbabwe campus.
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Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that the Zimbabwe’s army chief, General Constantino Chiwenga on Monday, November 13, warned President Robert Mugabe to end the purge in the country’s ruling Zanu-PF party or the military will step in, BBC reports.
This came a week after Mugabe fired his deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, a move widely seen as meant to clear the path for his wife, Grace, as his likely successor.
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria is calling for calm in Zimbabwe as the country’s military takes over its government. Buhari wants the military to recognise the country’s constitution.
Buhari, who urged urged all political and military stakeholders in Zimbabwe to avoid any action that could plunge the country into unnecessary conflict and impact negatively on the region, added: “Every attempt must be made to resolve all contentious issues by constitutional means in Zimbabwe to save the country from avoidable political instability.”
The BBC is reporting that claims from Zimbabwe in the afternoon of Wednesday, November 15, indicate that Robert Mugabe has negotiated for Grace, his wife, to leave the country while he prepares to step down. There is confirmation that the president and his guard are currently under siege
The report also said Zimbabweans are urged to stay away from the Central Business District until further notice.
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